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Twis(c)ken (Twiskers, Pieter-Jansz-Twisckvolk) is a name formerly given to a group of the Dutch Mennonites. It was used (a) for the followers of Pieter Jansz Twisck Jr. in Hoorn after this elder had separated from the main body; and (b) in a more general sense for the Old Frisian branch, of which Pieter Jansz Twisck Sr. was a leader. In the latter sense the Twisken in Friesland numbered 137 brethren in 1666. The Old Frisian "Arke Noach" congregation at Amsterdam was also commonly called the Twisck church, as was also at times the Frisian congregation in Hamburg, Germany.


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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1870): 114; (1874): 114.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. I, No. 578; v. II, No. 83.

Roosen, B. C. Geschichte der Menn.-Gemeinde zu Hamburg und Altona I. Hamburg, 1886: 28 ff.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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