Ostens, Jacob, (1625-1678)
Jacob Ostens, b. 1625 probably at Utrecht, d. 23 October 1678, at Rotterdam, whose ancestors had moved from Flanders to the Netherlands because of persecution, was a physician, who in 1653 was appointed preacher of the Flemish Mennonite congregation at Rotterdam, Holland. Since he was a man of liberal ideas (he is said to have been an anti-Trinitarian, a Spinozist, and a supporter of Collegiant doctrines) trouble soon arose with some of his co-preachers. In 1655 he and three other preachers of the Flemish congregation, Jan Ariaens van Raemburgh, Gerrit Jans Veerom, and Huygh Jans Corenhart, left this church and joined the Waterlander Mennonite congregation in Rotterdam. Here Ostens served as a preacher from 1655 until his death. In the Waterlander congregation too he caused some trouble because some members did not agree with his ideas and accused him of Socinianism. Ostens published Lief de-son, omstralende de Hoedanigheyt der tegenwoordige genaamde Christenheyt (Utrecht: 1651).
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Meinsma, K. O. Spinoza en zijn Kring. The Hague, 1896: 228, 341-343.
Vos, Karel. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Rotterdam. 1907, reprint: 17 f., 23, 42 f.
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