Spinniker, Adriaan (1676-1754)

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Adriaan (Ate) Spinniker, born 18 March 1676, at Groningen, died 28 April 1754, at Haarlem, was the son of Preacher Melis Ates Spinniker. He was baptized in 1695 in the Amsterdam Lamist church, was trained for the ministry by Galenus Abrahamsz of Amsterdam, and served as assistant pastor of the Amsterdam Lamist congregation 1700-1705. He resigned in 1705 because, as he wrote, "I have not duly guarded against seduction, and have fallen into outrages, by which I feel unworthy not only to continue the holy service of preaching, but also to participate with you in the holy communion of our Lord." He then moved to Haarlem, where he earned his living as a bookkeeper. He was a loyal member of the church, and in 1727 he was asked by the church board of the Peuzelaarsteeg congregation to train young men for the ministry. Spinniker accepted, but resigned in May 1728, feeling that this task could be better undertaken by a minister in active service.

Adriaan Spinniker, who was married to Sara Verduyn of Amsterdam, is known for his poetry. He published several volumes, all very mediocre, including Lof der Vriendschap (Amsterdam, 1699; reprinted Rotterdam, 1711), Morgen en Avondgezangen, Gebedswijze berijmt (Amsterdam, 1699), Leerzame Zinnebeelden (Haarlem, 1714; reprinted Haarlem, 1756, Haarlem, 1757), Gods gerichten op aarde, vertoond in den schrikkelyken storm en hoogen watervloed . . . in't 1717 de Jaar voorgevallen (Haarlem, no date indicated-1718), Verfolg der Leerzame Zinnebeelden, prefaced by a biography of Spinniker by G. W. van Oosten (Haarlem, 1758). His De vrijheit op den troon gezet (Amsterdam, 1743) is a rhymed attack on the heresy-hunters in the Dutch Reformed Church. For the use of the Haarlem Mennonite congregation, Spinniker collaborated in making a new rhymed version of the Psalms. Spinniker also wrote a large amount of topical poetry; such are found in the 1706 edition of J. P. Schabaelje's Wandelende Ziele, and Schijn and Maatschoen's Geschiedenis dier Christenen, welke . . . Mennoniten genaamd worden I (Amsterdam, 1743). He also wrote the short laudatory poems to each of the portrait engravings in the collection of outstanding Mennonite ministers Afbeeldingen van Doopsgezinde Leeraren (Amsterdam, 1743), which pictures with the same legends are also found in the work by Schijn-Maatschoen.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 162; (1896): 19; (1918): 61, 62 f.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, Nos. 908 f., 910 g, 911 f.

Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: v. IV, 1260-62.

Sepp, Chr. Polemische en irenische Theologie, 2nd ed. Amsterdam, 1882: 235-39.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Spinniker, Adriaan (1676-1754)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 25 Apr 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Spinniker,_Adriaan_(1676-1754)&oldid=85169.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 596. All rights reserved.

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