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Pierre (Petrus) Bontemps, b. 1609, d. 27 November 1648, was pastor of the French Reformed Church in Haarlem (Holland). He strenuously opposed the Mennonites in a book he wrote in 1641 with the title, Kort Bewijs van de menighvuldige doolingen der Wederdoopers ofte Mennisten; it was issued in three editions, 1641, 1653, and 1661. Joost Hendriksz published a reply (1643), picturing the Anabaptist persecutions in Zürich in dark colors. Bontemps wrote a refutation, presenting the matter as if nothing of importance had happened in Zürich. A lengthy paper-war ensued. Three pamphlets against Bontemps appeared in Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Rotterdam; the last was written by Geeraerd van Vrijburgh. Bontemps replied in three pamphlets, which were in turn answered by van Vrijburgh. This was the conclusion of the affair.

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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953


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Neff, Christian. "Bontemps, Pierre (1609-1648)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 10 Dec 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bontemps,_Pierre_(1609-1648)&oldid=123369.

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Neff, Christian. (1953). Bontemps, Pierre (1609-1648). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 December 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bontemps,_Pierre_(1609-1648)&oldid=123369.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 387. All rights reserved.


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