David Joris

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Joris, David


(Jorisz; pseudonym, Johann van Brugge). Born 1501 in Bruges; died Aug. 25, 1556, in Basel. One of the leaders of the Dutch Anabaptists.

Joris was a burgher from the city of Delft. In 1535 he became an Anabaptist leader. His greatest influence came after the crushing of the popular movement in 1534–35 in the northern Netherlands, which had been led by revolutionary Anabaptists. At a conference of Anabaptist leaders in Bocholt, Westphalia, in 1536, he sought to reconcile the revolutionary elements with the “nonresisters.” His movement, known as Davidiorism or Davidism, rapidly declined after his death in 1556.

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