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Joost Hendriksz (Hendriks, Hendricksz, Hendricx), b. 1592, d. 2 March 1644 at Amsterdam, was a preacher of the Flemish Mennonite congregations of Harlingen 1626-1631 and Amsterdam 1631-1644. Joost Hendriksz was very active in making peace between several divided groups of the Dutch Mennonites. The serious attempts made to unite the High Germans and Frisians with the Flemish at Amsterdam and the invitation of 1626 of the Flemish preachers of Amsterdam to other Mennonites to unite with them (see Olijftacxken), were quite after his own heart. About these unions he published Vredehandelingh . . . Alsmede Noch Eenes Vreed-lievenden Ernstighe Aenmaninghe tot gemeynschap der Heyligen (Amsterdam, 1630), and an Aen-Spraeck op het Oliif-Tacxken (Haarlem, 1636). Against Denijs van der Schuere and Jacob Cornelisz he wrote Eenige Extracten . . . and Nader Bericht . . . (both Amsterdam, 1640). With P. Bontemps, French Reformed pastor at Haarlem who had opposed and attacked the Mennonites, he became involved in a paper war, publishing Wederlegginge van de argumenten voorgestelt door P. B. (Amsterdam, 1643) and Spongie tot afwasschinge van de vuyle vlecken, die P. B. de Mennisten nu weder heeft aenghewreven . . . (Amsterdam,  1643).  He also published  XXXVIII  corte stichtelijcke Predicatiën (Amsterdam, 1646) reprinted at Amsterdam 1647, 1650, 1652, 1666, and Franeker 1668. The title of the third edition was XXXIX corte Stichtelijke Predicatiën and of the fourth and following editions XXXX Korte en stichtelijke Predicatiën. The second and following editions also contain a treatise on how a member who was banned because of outside marriage should be received. Joost Hendriksz's devotional works have been eagerly read. They were used in the congregation of Balk, Friesland, until the 19th century and were even popular among the American Mennonites. On 1 March 1773, Andreas Ziegler, Isac Kolb, and Christian Funk, bishops at "Schippack, Indian Krik and Blen," in a letter to Krefeld and Utrecht asked to have Joost Hendriks' books sent.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 133; (1892): 75; (1916): 147.

Friedmann, Robert. Mennonite piety through the centuries: its genius and its literature. Goshen, Ind.: Mennonite Historical Society, Goshen College, 1949: 115, 142.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff.  Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 282.

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Mennonite Quarterly Review  (October 1929): 231.

Schijn, Hermann. Uitvoeriger Verhandeling van de Geschiedenisse der Mennoniten. Amsterdam: Kornelis de Wit, 1744: 646-648.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: III, 677-680.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Hendriksz, Joost (1592-1644). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hendriksz,_Joost_(1592-1644)&oldid=117738.




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