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Jater, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake on 9 August 1550 at Arnhem, Dutch province of Gelderland. In the sentence this martyr is called Jater Willem Libresdochter, wife of Goirt Raeymakers. She was 40 years of age. From about 1529 to 1547 she had lived at Maastricht, Dutch province of Limburg. She had been baptized about 1542 at Maastricht by Lenart (Lenaert van IJsenbroeck. One of the principal charges against her was that she possessed a book written by Menno Simons. She frankly confessed her faith and even tried to win over the judges to her principles. She stated that true Christians are obliged to live according to "the way and doctrines of the apostles"; they do not defend their faith with worldly weapons, and in the congregation they aid one another and do not let any starve. Jater was arrested by the bailiff of Montfort at Illikhoven in the duchy of Upper-Gelre, where she had been living for three years, and from where she was brought to Arnhem.

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Bax, Willem. Het protestantisme in het bisdom Luik en vooral te Maastricht. s-Gravenhage: Nijhoff, 1937-1941: 328-330.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 394.

Vos, Karel. Menno Simons, 1496-1561, zijn leven en werken en zijne reformatorische denkbeelden. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1914: 86, 242.

Jater's trial and sentence are published in Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis 10 (The Hague, 1913): 261-263, 268.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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