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Contra-Huiskoopers (Anti-Housebuyers) is the name of a party of Flemish Mennonites in Friesland, who in 1586 became involved in a quarrel with the Huiskoopers (house-buyers) concerning the pur­chase of a house by Thomas Bintgens in Franeker. The Huiskoopers were also called the "Thomas Bintgens group," and the Contra-Huiskoopers were called "Jacob Keest group" after their preacher Jacob Reiningen or Keest. The better-known Claes Ganglofs also belonged to the Contra-Huiskoopers. In 1632 and even in 1646 the Flemish Mennonites in Holland were sometimes officially called Contra-Huiskoopers, but soon afterward they were known as the "Sachte (Gentle) Flemish," or simply "Flemish," the name Contra-Huiskoopers falling into disuse.


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Author(s) Jacob Loosjes
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 704. All rights reserved.

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