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Ragger Bos, a Dutch (untrained) Mennonite preacher, serving the congregations of Zwartsluis 1754-1787, and Noordeind van Graft and Rijp 1787-1796. Bos was one of the first Dutch Mennonite ministers to be interested in politics; he was an ardent adherent of the Patriots, and in 1787 he had to flee because of his radical democratic views. Upon his return to Zwartsluis after a few months some trouble on this question arose in the congregation. Bos then moved to Graft. It was Bos who in 1789 in a conference of the Rijper Societeit advanced the idea of establishing a fund to aid the widows and orphans of Mennonite ministers. This fund (see Fonds tot ondersteuning) was actually founded in 1794.


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. I, No. 2445.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Bos, Ragger (18th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 25 Oct 2016.,_Ragger_(18th_century)&oldid=91189.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Bos, Ragger (18th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 October 2016, from,_Ragger_(18th_century)&oldid=91189.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 391. All rights reserved.

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