Liesveldt, Jacob van (d. 1545)

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Jacob van Liesveldt, a printer at Antwerp, boosted the Reformation by printing Testaments and Bibles in the Dutch language, in 1522 the Gospels according to the Vulgate, in 1526 the complete Bible, following Luther's as far as it went, and the rest after the Vulgate. In the sixth reprint (1542) there are several pictures: for Matthew 4:3 a picture of Satan in the form of a monk; with 1 John 5 the note, "Salvation comes alone through Jesus Christ." In 1536 the executioner of Antwerp was summoned to burn "the Bible and other (!) heretical books" printed by van Liesveldt. A second charge was brought against him in 1542 because he had published "Troostinge der Goddelycker Scryft" (Consolation from the Holy Scriptures), but this time he was acquitted. Van Liesveldt was noted for printing heretical books. Because of this he was executed on 27 November 1545. Although it cannot be proved, it may be assumed that the first Anabaptist martyrs used the Liesveldt Bible before their own translation, the Biestkens Bible, was published. Many Bible quotations in the old Anabaptist writings have the wording of the van Liesveldt version.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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