Sartorius, Johannes (ca. 1500-1570)

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Sartorius, Johannes (Jan Snyder) b. ca. 1500 at Amsterdam , d. 1570 at Delft, Dutch province of South Holland, was a Dutch Sacramentist who by his Biblical preaching and teaching promoted the development of the evangelical faith in the Netherlands. Sartorius was influenced by the Dominican monk Wouter. As early as 1525, severely critical of the doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, Sartorius preached salvation by faith, and published a treatise (Latin) on the Lord's Supper in which he rejected the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. In the same year he was imprisoned at The Hague on a charge of heresy, and upon recanting was set free. But he continued his evangelical preaching. A few months later he was a schoolteacher at Amsterdam, protected by its liberal magistrates. He is said to have taught at the Groote School at Amsterdam that "all the people are seduced by monks and priests." He taught in Amsterdam until 1535. For some time he was head of a Latin school at Noordwijk near Leiden, influencing and stimulating the evangelical-minded of Leiden and Haarlem. He also stayed at Zutphen, and c. 1545 at Basel in Switzerland. In 1558 he became the leader of a group of evangelicals at Delft, Holland, the only town, as far as is known, where the Sacramentists had a sort of congregation. Unlike most Sacramentists, Sartorius did not join the Anabaptists; nevertheless by his Biblical teaching he undoubtedly stimulated the Anabaptist movement.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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