Job Janze (d. 1568)

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Job (Jacob) Janze (Jansen, Jansz) was an Anabaptist martyr of Harlingen, Dutch province of Friesland. He left Harlingen in May 1567 and settled in a village near Den Briel, Dutch province of South Holland. Here he lived quietly for some months, but in the fall of that year he was arrested and taken to The Hague, where he died at the stake on 18 December 1568, with Jan Thielemansz. He played a role in the Flemish-Frisian schism as one of the six men who banned Ebbe Pieters. But later he asked Ebbe's pardon, adding, "How we poor human beings have let ourselves be misled to examine the Scripture in a spirit of discord and dissension instead of love, peace, and unity." Before his death he wrote a letter to Jan Willemsz and Lubbert Gerritsz concerning his part in the "Compromise." A letter he wrote was published in 1609 (n.p.) with a letter by Thijs Joriaens.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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