Joos Kint (d. 1553)

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Joos Kint (Joos Kindt, Jooskint, Joos Kind, Josse 't Kindt) was an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake at Kortrijk (Courtrai), Belgium on 16 July 1553 (van Braght, Martyrs' Mirror does not mention the date). Joos was a citizen of Kortrijk. He was charged with the following heresies: Jesus Christ did not assume His human nature from the Virgin Mary (doctrine of Incarnation as also believed by Menno Simons); the sacrament is not the true flesh and blood of the Saviour; confession of sin to the priests is not necessary; denying all doctrines of the Catholic Church.

Joos was tried five times and tortured several times. He died loyal to his faith, which he had fairly and cleverly defended against the inquisition officials. An account of his trials is found in his own letters written from prison. These two letters are found in the Dutch martyr books, from the Offer des Heeren, edition of 1570, until van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror. A song composed to celebrate this martyr, "De meeste vruecht coemt door Godts woort" (Most gladness emanates from the Word of God), is also found in the Offer des Heeren, and inserted in some later hymn books.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 219-237. Available in full electronic text at:

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, 1685: Part II, 150-156.

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: 540-546. Available online at:

Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914: VII, 166-168.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 432.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Le Martyrologe Courtraisien et la Martyrologe Bruxellois. Vilvorde : R. Allecourt, 1950: 31, No. 2.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. De Graaf, 1965: 66, 128.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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