Rieuwertsz, Jan (1617-ca. 1685)

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Jan Rieuwertsz (Rieuwers), (1617-ca. 1685), was a publisher at Amsterdam, and from 1675 the official printer of this city. He published a large number of books by Mennonite authors, including Schabaelje, Galenus Abrahamsz, Reynier Wijbrandsz, Tieleman Jansz van Braght (several editions of Schole der Deught), Abraham Verduin, and many Galenist pamphlets during the “Lammerenkrijgh”. Rieuwertsz also printed books by D. R. Camphuyzen and the philosopher Descartes.

Rieuwertsz was a member of the Flemish (Lamist) Mennonite congregation of Amsterdam and a warm adherent of Galenus Abrahamsz, whom he supported in the conflict with the conservatives. Rieuwertsz’ well-known bookshop, “Het Martelaarsboek,” was located on Dirk-van-Hasseltsteeg and later on Beursstraat. This shop was the meeting place of the Collegiants and other “enlightened spirits.” In 1646 the Collegiant meetings in this bookshop were prohibited by the magistrates of Amsterdam.

Rieuwertsz played an influential part in the Amsterdam Mennonite life of the 17th century, as well as in Protestant liberalism in general. His friendship with the Jewish philosopher Spinoza was severely censured by the more conservative Mennonites.

Barend Rieuwersz was a deacon of the (Groningen) Old Flemish Mennonite congregation at Amsterdam about 1625. No relationship has been ascertained between this Barend Rieuwersz and Jan Rieuwertsz.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 332-333. All rights reserved.

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