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Johann Bogerman as chairman of the Synod of Dort at 43 years of age. Source: [ Wikimedia Commons].
Johannes Bogerman, b. 1576 at Uplewert in East Friesland, d. 11 September 1637 at Franeker (Dutch province of Friesland), well-known Reformed theologian, minister at Sneek (1599), Enkhuizen (1602), Leeuwarden (1603), and at the wish of Prince Maurice of Orange, temporary minister in The Hague (1618); in 1633 appointed professor of theology at the university of Franeker. Bogerman, who was an extremely ardent Calvinist, became best known as chairman of the great national synod of the Reformed Church held at Dordrecht in 1618-1619, which proscribed the Remonstrants and gave the commission for a new Dutch translation of the Bible, the so-called Statenvertaling. The Remonstrants were, however, not the only object of his intolerance, but also the Mennonites. He insisted repeatedly that the provincial synods make regulations against the Mennonites. Together with his colleague Geldorpius, he translated Theodorus Beza's pamphlet concerning the execution of heretics (De haereticis), which appeared in print in Sneek in 1601, and was dedicated to the town government of Sneek. In the foreword Bogerman and Geldorp urged the government to maintain true doctrine and to persecute the Mennonites.


Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenboek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland, 1903- : v. I, 466-476 and the literature mentioned there.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Bogerman, Johannes (1576-1637)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 26 Apr 2017.,_Johannes_(1576-1637)&oldid=91170.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Bogerman, Johannes (1576-1637). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 April 2017, from,_Johannes_(1576-1637)&oldid=91170.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 382. All rights reserved.

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