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Harmen (Harmen R. van Overwij(c)k) Reynskes (Reintjes, Rynskes), (died 1737 at Amsterdam), a Dutch Mennonite preacher at Warns, Friesland, then from 1689 at the neighboring village of Molkwerum, where he became involved in a quarrel with his colleagues Homme Heeres and Ruurd Durks, the preacher at Warns, because of his leaning toward the Reformed doctrine of predestination, was finally removed from office by vote of the congregation on 2 February 1695, and retired to Hindelopen. In November 1696 he was called to the Amsterdam Zonist congregation after publishing his defense, titled Een verklaringe over het ongenoegen der soo genoemde Doopsgesinde Christenen in Molqueern. Over haren Leeraer Harmen Reynskes (Workum, 1695, reprinted Amsterdam, 1696). In Amsterdam he served 1696-1716 and 1717-29, and then retired. In 1716 he was suspended from his office because of a quarrel with his colleague David van Heyst, who resigned that year. In 1717 Reynskes was allowed to take up his office again. He was rather conservative and somewhat disputatious, in discord with many people within and without the congregation. One of these opponents was Kornelius van Huyzen, who in 1715 attacked van Overwijk in De grondslag van de Leere der Doopsgezinde Christenen, verdeedigd . . . tegen H.R.V.O. Reynskes published a number of books: the funeral sermon he delivered for his colleague Samuel Apostool, De Heerlyckheit van een gestorven Gunstgenoot des Heeren (Amsterdam, 1699), Ondersoek over de Natuur van het Leeraar Ampt (Amsterdam, 1712), Eenige Vraagen en antwoorden over het verschillend gevoelen in de Doopsgesinde Gemeente de Zon (Amsterdam, 1717), Over den H. Evangelist Mattheus, followed by Over de Instellinge en bedieninge van den H: Waterdoop (Amsterdam, 1722), Gods Alwetende en Voorsienige Bestieringe aangetoont (Amsterdam, 1727), De Hoogste Trap, in de Godsdienstige Deugd, namentlyk de Liefde (Amsterdam, 1730), Ondersoek over de volstrektheyt van het Goddelyke Zyn en Werkinge (Amsterdam, 1726, reprint 1731).

Bibliography

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1895): 111 ff.; (1898): 78, 80, 88, 99 f.; (1901): 103 note.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 331.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. I, No. 927.

Schagen, Marten. Naamlijst der Doopsgezinde schrijveren. Amsterdam, 1745: 73 f.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Reynskes, Harmen (d. 1737)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 14 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Reynskes,_Harmen_(d._1737)&oldid=84504.

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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1959). Reynskes, Harmen (d. 1737). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Reynskes,_Harmen_(d._1737)&oldid=84504.




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