Gentman, Cornelis (1617-1696)

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Cornelis Gentman, a Dutch Reformed minister at Utrecht, who stemmed from a Mennonite refugee family from Flanders, was the moving force in 1659 in the city government's persecution of the Dutch Mennonite preachers Goris van Aldendorp, Arent van Heuven, Johan Andries van Aken, and Willem van Maurick. This dispute gave him occasion to publish several hate-filled booklets. Gentman is thought to be the author of the 12 questions on the basis of which the Mennonites of Utrecht (in 1655 and 1661), Deventer (1669), and Middelburg (1665) were to be examined by the city governments. The questions are found in Blaupot ten Cate, Groningen.


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Groningen, Overijssel en Oost-Friesland. 2 v. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff en J. B. Wolters, 1842: II, 205-213.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1916): 156, 163, 180, 189.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 71.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenboek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland. Utrecht, 1903-: III, 214-215.

Author(s) Karel Vos
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Vos, Karel and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Gentman, Cornelis (1617-1696)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 20 Apr 2018.,_Cornelis_(1617-1696)&oldid=91886.

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Vos, Karel and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1956). Gentman, Cornelis (1617-1696). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 April 2018, from,_Cornelis_(1617-1696)&oldid=91886.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 475. All rights reserved.

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