Brouwer, Jan (1760-1838)

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Jan Brouwer, a Dutch Mennonite preacher, b. 20 April 1760, at Franeker, studied at the Mennonite seminary in Amsterdam, was called as ministerial candidate to Leeuwarden in 1785, where he remained in active service until 1822 (d. 11 April 1838), and earned general respect. He was an early member of the council of the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (1811), and did outstanding work in the field of philosophy. Three times he received the gold medal of the Teyler's Godgeleerd Genootschap and twice the silver medal. The following are some of his works: Redevoering bij gelegenheid van het Nationaal Feest, 19 Dec. 1799 (Leeuwarden, 1800); 25-jarige leerrede over de onveranderlijkheid der leere van en aangaande Jezus Christus (Leeuwarden, 1810); Dankrede wegens den vrede, uitgesproken 20. Juli 1814; Leerrede op het derde eeuwfeest der Kerkhervorming (Leeuwarden, 1818). In 1797 he was engaged in a pen battle with the Reformed preacher E. Kist on the statement in the Heidelberg catechism, "We are inclined by nature to hate God and our neighbor." He was known as a man of great achievement, capable and well educated, a good theologian, in short, a man of importance.


Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 44, 253, 293, 311, 319.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1837): 120 f.; (1850): 143.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 275.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: v. I. 648-650.

Author(s) Jacob Loosjes
Date Published 1953

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Loosjes, Jacob. "Brouwer, Jan (1760-1838)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 23 May 2018.,_Jan_(1760-1838)&oldid=83016.

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Loosjes, Jacob. (1953). Brouwer, Jan (1760-1838). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 May 2018, from,_Jan_(1760-1838)&oldid=83016.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 439. All rights reserved.

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