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Oosters and Oosters gekleurd ("Eastern" dialect and language with an "eastern" coloring) are two forms of language found in the works of Menno Simons and other Anabaptist leaders who migrated from the Netherlands eastward into the German provinces. Menno Simons wrote his Foundation Book immediately after his withdrawal from the Catholic church when he was living in the province of Groningen and possibly also East Friesland. His native language at home in Witmarsum had been Frisian and the literary Dutch. The language of the earliest writings in his new environment is referred to as "Ooosters gekleurd" (having an "eastern" coloring). This implies that the language east of the Netherlands was considered by the Dutch as having been colored by eastern influences. Later on, after 1550, when Menno Simons settled in Fresenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, his adjustment to the German environment was even more complete and the writings which were published at this time by his own press are referred to as in "Oosters." Toward the end of his life and after his death, pure Dutch editions of his writings were prepared and published in 1562 and later. They were particularly designed for distribution in the Netherlands.

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Frerichs, G. E. "Menno's tal." Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1905): 72-111.

Vos, Karel. Menno Simons, 1496-1561, zijn leven en werken en zijne reformatorische denkbeelden. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1914: 272, 296.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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