Steven Benedictus (d. 1535)

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Steven Benedictus, an Anabaptist martyr, who was executed at Hoorn, Holland, on 7 June 1535. With him two other men, Sijbrant Jansz and Hendrik Gijsbertsz, and two women, Femmetgen Egberts and Welmoet Jans, were put to death, the three men by beheading, the women by drowning in the Zui­derzee, with heavy stones around their necks. They were arrested in March 1535; all remained steadfast, refusing to yield their faith in spite of the efforts of Catholic clergy. They declared that they did not re­gret their baptism after the order of Christ, that is, be­ing baptized unto remission of sins, putting on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), and obtaining a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21). Their execution shocked the citizens of Hoorn, and even some of the city magistrates, who knew them as good people, were greatly excited.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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