Fontein, Pieter (1708-1788)
Pieter Fontein, born 1708 at Harlingen, Dutch province of Friesland, died 7 August 1788, at Amsterdam, studied theology at the University of Franeker and the Athenaeum and the Remonstrant seminary in Amsterdam and in 1732 was called as pastor to the United Mennonite Church in Rotterdam. Here he created some trouble in the congregation by his declaration that he did not like the expression weerloose Doopsgezinden (nonresistant Mennonites). From 1739 until 1748 he served the Lamist congregation in Amsterdam and then retired to devote his full time to the study of literature. He was a highly respected scholar in Latin and Greek literature and published a number of books in this field. He bequeathed his extensive library to the Amsterdam church; it forms a part of the theological library which the church maintained for the use of students in the Mennonite seminary. In addition he bequeathed 4,000 guilders to the library. He was married to Jozina Stol (died 1746).
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