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Hans Jakob Hess, a Swiss Mennonite preacher in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, was imprisoned three times for his faith in 1637-1639, but escaped twice. Finally he was put in chains for 16 weeks; he endured this martyrdom until his death. His property was sold, but none of the 4,000 fl. of proceeds was given his heirs. His wife was also imprisoned in the same year (1639) and died after 63 weeks in prison.

Bibliography

Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde 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, Y, 1685: II, 816.

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: 1115. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff.  Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 292.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956


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Neff, Christian. "Hess, Hans Jakob (d. 1639?)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 31 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hess,_Hans_Jakob_(d._1639%3F)&oldid=95222.

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Neff, Christian. (1956). Hess, Hans Jakob (d. 1639?). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hess,_Hans_Jakob_(d._1639%3F)&oldid=95222.




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