Sander Hendriksz (d. 1558)

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Sander Hendriksz, an Anabaptist martyr, executed (probably by beheading) in the Steen castle at Antwerp, Belgium, on 19 November 1558. He is named as No. 34 in the hymn "Aenhoort, Godt, hemelsche Vader," No. 16 in the Lietboecxken. The brief information on this martyr found in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror is borrowed from this hymn. Génard has published more particulars about Sander, including the exact date of execution. He was known as Alexander de Bode (i.e., Messenger), and was probably a "weetdoener" of the Antwerp congregation, who visited the members to announce the time and place of the next meeting. Sander was a cabinetmaker by trade. (See Alexander de Bode, which this article supplements.)


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde 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, 202.

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: 639.

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599. The 1570 edition is cited as reproduced in Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica. vol. 2. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914, 51-486, including Een Lietboecxken, tracterende van den Offer des Heeren: 566. Available in full electronic text at:

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad. VIII: 452, 465; XIV, 24 f., No. 269.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 282.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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