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Ellert (Ellart) Jans, an Anabaptist martyr, a tailor of Woerden, Dutch province of South Holland, baptized by Gillis van Aken, was executed by burning at the stake with five men and two women of the same faith at Amsterdam on 20 March 1549. He could have taken part in a successful escape, but declined because he had a wooden leg. He cheerfully went to the place of execution and talked to his cousin Jan Jans whom he met on the way, so that all that heard were amazed. Through the iron bars of his prison he handed his cousin his will, and admonished him to join the brotherhood of the cross. His cousin did so. His martyrdom is sung in the hymn which begins, “Tis nu schier al vervult ons broeders getal,” in Veelderhande Liedekens (1566 and succeeding editions).

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685: II: 82-84,

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 483 f. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Grosheide, Greta. Bijdrage tot de geschiedenis der Anabaptisten in Amsterdam. Hilversum: J. Schipper, Jr., 1938: 155 f., 308.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 552; II, 390.

Wieder, F. C. Schriftuurlijke Liedekens. The Hague, 1900: 193.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Ellert Jans (d. 1549)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 25 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ellert_Jans_(d._1549)&oldid=94486.

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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1956). Ellert Jans (d. 1549). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ellert_Jans_(d._1549)&oldid=94486.




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