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Gerrit Hesselink was<strong> </strong>born 23 October 1755 at [[Groningen (Groningen, Netherlands)|Groningen]], died 7 November 1811 at [[Amsterdam (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)|Amsterdam]]. After securing a Ph.D. at the University of Groningen in 1778 he studied at the [[Amsterdam Mennonite Theological Seminary (Kweekschool)|Mennonite Seminary]] at Amsterdam, and served as preacher at [[Bolsward (Friesland, Netherlands)|Bolsward]] 1781-1786. In 1786 he was appointed to a professorship at the Mennonite Seminary in Amsterdam, demonstrating in the office his great energy and many-sided learning. For a time (1797-1798) he also taught the [[Arminianism|Remonstrant]] students. He also (1800) lectured in mathematics, logic, metaphysics, even physics. [[Cramer, Samuel (1842-1913)|Cramer]] says <em>(DB </em>1901, 18) that he was more of a natural scientist and philosopher than theologian. Of his many writings in various fields of science, we mention only <em>Uitlegkundig woordenboek ter verheldering van de Schriften des Nieuwen Verbonds </em>(Amsterdam, 1790, 2nd ed. 1804). He was a keen thinker. As an [[Biblical Interpretation|exegete]] he used the grammatico-historical method. His free and independent judgment led him often on new paths. His love to the [[Mennonite (The Name)|Mennonite]] [[Brotherhood|brotherhood]] is evidenced by his attempts at unifying the congregations and his collaboration in the founding of the [[Algemene Doopsgezinde Societeit|A.D.S.]] in 1811. He was a modest and helpful man, in spite of his unusual learning, and won the hearts of his students through his personal fellowship with them.
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Gerrit Hesselink was born 23 October 1755 at [[Groningen (Groningen, Netherlands)|Groningen]], died 7 November 1811 at [[Amsterdam (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)|Amsterdam]]. After securing a Ph.D. at the University of Groningen in 1778 he studied at the [[Amsterdam Mennonite Theological Seminary (Kweekschool)|Mennonite Seminary]] at Amsterdam, and served as preacher at [[Bolsward (Friesland, Netherlands)|Bolsward]] 1781-1786. In 1786 he was appointed to a professorship at the Mennonite Seminary in Amsterdam, demonstrating in the office his great energy and many-sided learning. For a time (1797-1798) he also taught the [[Arminianism|Remonstrant]] students. He also (1800) lectured in mathematics, logic, metaphysics, even physics. [[Cramer, Samuel (1842-1913)|Cramer]] says <em>(DB </em>1901, 18) that he was more of a natural scientist and philosopher than theologian. Of his many writings in various fields of science, we mention only <em>Uitlegkundig woordenboek ter verheldering van de Schriften des Nieuwen Verbonds </em>(Amsterdam, 1790, 2nd ed. 1804). He was a keen thinker. As an [[Biblical Interpretation|exegete]] he used the grammatico-historical method. His free and independent judgment led him often on new paths. His love to the [[Mennonite (The Name)|Mennonite]] [[Brotherhood|brotherhood]] is evidenced by his attempts at unifying the congregations and his collaboration in the founding of the [[Algemene Doopsgezinde Societeit|A.D.S.]] in 1811. He was a modest and helpful man, in spite of his unusual learning, and won the hearts of his students through his personal fellowship with them.
 
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<em>Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden.</em> (Amsterdam, 1815): 47-49.
 
<em>Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden.</em> (Amsterdam, 1815): 47-49.
  
Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. <em>Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, </em>8 vols.<em> </em>Utrecht, 1903-1918:<em> </em>III, 780-785.
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Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. <em>Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, </em>8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: III, 780-785.
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Gerrit Hesselink was born 23 October 1755 at Groningen, died 7 November 1811 at Amsterdam. After securing a Ph.D. at the University of Groningen in 1778 he studied at the Mennonite Seminary at Amsterdam, and served as preacher at Bolsward 1781-1786. In 1786 he was appointed to a professorship at the Mennonite Seminary in Amsterdam, demonstrating in the office his great energy and many-sided learning. For a time (1797-1798) he also taught the Remonstrant students. He also (1800) lectured in mathematics, logic, metaphysics, even physics. Cramer says (DB 1901, 18) that he was more of a natural scientist and philosopher than theologian. Of his many writings in various fields of science, we mention only Uitlegkundig woordenboek ter verheldering van de Schriften des Nieuwen Verbonds (Amsterdam, 1790, 2nd ed. 1804). He was a keen thinker. As an exegete he used the grammatico-historical method. His free and independent judgment led him often on new paths. His love to the Mennonite brotherhood is evidenced by his attempts at unifying the congregations and his collaboration in the founding of the A.D.S. in 1811. He was a modest and helpful man, in spite of his unusual learning, and won the hearts of his students through his personal fellowship with them.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1872): 8 f.; (1901): 18.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1850): 122-144.

Glasius, Barend. Godgeleerd Nederland: Biographisch woordenboek van Nederlandsche godgeleerden. Te 's Hertogenbosch: Bij Gebr. Muller, 185l‑1856 (1853): 88-91.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff.  Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 293 f.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 686 f.; II, Nos. 618, 2507.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. (Amsterdam, 1815): 47-49.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: III, 780-785.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Hesselink, Gerrit (1755-1811)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 30 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hesselink,_Gerrit_(1755-1811)&oldid=120244.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Hesselink, Gerrit (1755-1811). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hesselink,_Gerrit_(1755-1811)&oldid=120244.




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