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Dirk Harting, a Dutch Mennonite theologian, b. 1817 at Rotterdam, d. 1892 at Enkhuizen, studied philology and later theology, was the minister of the Enkhuizen congregation 1840-88. From his pen flowed a number of important scholarly works, many of them in the field of the New Testament; in 1848 a treatise on the genuineness of Ephesians (received a prize from the Hague Society), and in 1863 a Greek-Dutch Dictionary of the New Testa­ment. He also participated in the new translation of the Bible instituted by the Dutch Reformed Church. His versatility is shown in numerous articles in periodicals. He was a journalist in the best sense of the word, e.g., one of the founders of the Enkhuizer Courant in 1870. He wrote excel­lent articles on music. He was also familiar with the field of Mennonite history. In 1850 he published De Munstersche furie of het oproer der Wederdoopers. In 1861-1671 he and P. Cool edited the Doopsgezinde Bijdragen, in which a number of his articles are found. He also wrote a Levensbericht (Leiden, 1870) of his friend G. Vissering. His services to scholarship are gen­erally acknowledged. He was a member of the Royal Academy of Science, and in 1849 he received an honorary doctor's degree from the University of Utrecht. His service for and influence on ele­mentary education was recognized by his appointment as an honorary member of the Dutch Educa­tional Association. In 1888 he retired. When he died in 1889 the world lost a versatile scholar, a truly "cultured man." He had occupied a position of honor in the Mennonite churches of the 19th century.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1901): 21, 24.

Hege, Christian and Neff, Christian. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 257.

Molhuysen, P. C. and Blok, P. J. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: III, 544 ff.

Winkler-Prins, Levensberichten Mij van Nederland. Letter­kunde, 1892: 150.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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