Kuiper, Abraham Kornelis (1864-1944)
Abraham Kornelis Kuiper, a Dutch Mennonite minister, the son of Taco Kuiper, was born 20 September 1864 at Amsterdam and died 29 June 1944 at Amsterdam. He studied at the University of Amsterdam and the Mennonite Seminary under Hoekstra and de Hoop Scheffer. On 5 January 1890 he preached his introductory sermon at Rottevalle and Witveen, Friesland. In 1893 he married Henriette Sophia Muller, the youngest daughter of the noted Frederik Muller, who in turn was the son of Samuel Muller.
On 19 February 1894 he received his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation on Zechariah 9-14. He served the congregations of Rottevalle until 1895, Warga 1895-1899, Wormerveer 1899-1901, and Amsterdam from 1901 until his retirement in 1930. His sermons, like those of his father, drew large audiences even outside the Mennonite fold. He published three volumes of sermons: Als ziende den Onzienlijke (Amsterdam, 1923), In de schuilplaats des Allerhoogsten (Amsterdam, 1926), and Vernieuwd van dag tot dag (Amsterdam, 1930). He also wrote Industrie en persoonlijkheid (Haarlem, 1915), Het toevertrouwde goed (n.p., n.d.), Geschiedenis van het volk Gods in het Oude Testament (Amsterdam, 1933), Geschiedenis van het volk Gods in het Nieuwe Testament (Amsterdam, 1934), Heilig onze gedachten (Amsterdam, 1938). Numerous devotional contributions appeared in the magazine Overdenkingen, of which he was co-editor. Kuiper was active in the Gemeentedagbeweging, and promoted the cause of missions among the Dutch Mennonites. From 1914-1924 he was chairman of the Doopsgezinde Zendingsvereniging. He was also active in the peace movement and was for some time a member of the executive committee of Kerk en Vrede. Frits Kuiper, a minister in Amsterdam, was his son.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider: 1913-1967: II, 584 f.
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Krahn, Cornelius. "Kuiper, Abraham Kornelis (1864-1944)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1958. Web. 18 Jan 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kuiper,_Abraham_Kornelis_(1864-1944)&oldid=144044.
Krahn, Cornelius. (1958). Kuiper, Abraham Kornelis (1864-1944). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 January 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kuiper,_Abraham_Kornelis_(1864-1944)&oldid=144044.
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