Boekenoogen, Gerrit Jacob (1868-1930)

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Gerrit Jacob Boekenoogen, son of Lucas Frederik Boekenoogen, was born at Wormerveer 18 April 1868, and died at Leiden, 26 August 1930. He took his doctor's degree in Dutch literature at Leiden in 1896 with a thesis ("De Zaansche Volkstaal") on the folk language in the Zaan region. Afterwards he became editor of the Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal (Dictionary of the Dutch Language). In addition to this extensive labor, he found time to publish a number of the Old-Dutch folk books. Folklore, and especially engravings of child life (kinderprenten), of which he possessed a unique collection, received his devoted attention. He lived in Leiden and remained unmarried throughout life. He gave much time and concern to the Mennonite congregation at Leiden, which he served as deacon after 1896. He was also a member of the executive committee of the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit and of the board (Curatorium) of the Mennonite Seminary. He was a staunch and loyal friend of the noted historian, W. J. Kühler, who was minister of the congregation at Leiden from 1905 to 1912, as both had a great love for and knowledge of Dutch literature, art, and especially the history of the late Middle Ages, as well as the history of the Mennonites. Boekenoogen wrote a number of short themes on the subject of Mennonite history, which appeared in the Zondagsbode and the Doopsgezinde Bijdragen. Of special significance is his definitive study of the portraits of Menno Simons in the 1916 number.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1916).

Muller, J. W. Levensbericht van Dr. G. J. Boekenoogen. Leiden, 1921, which contains a complete list of his published writings.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 379. All rights reserved.

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