Bankroetiers (Defaulters)

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The Bankroetiers (Defaulters) were a small branch of Dutch Mennonites who separated in 1598 from the Huiskoopers or Old Flemish. Jacob Pieters van der Meulen, a leader of the Huiskoopers, did not think it necessary to excommunicate a brother for bankruptcy. Other leaders, especially Hans Busschaert, held the opposite view. The outcome was that van der Meulen was excommunicated with the debtor and his following. They formed a group known as the Bankroetiers. This group was, however, soon dissolved.


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Author(s) J Loosjes
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 223. All rights reserved.

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