Clericus, Johannes (1657-1736)

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Johannes Clericus (Jean le Clerc), born 19 March 1657 at Ge­neva, Switzerland, died at Amsterdam in 1736, first belonged to the Calvinists, but soon withdrew from them because of the doctrine of predestination. He studied at the universities of Geneva and Saumur in France and visited England and Holland. In 1684 he was appointed to teach in the Remon­strant seminary of Amsterdam. He taught here for nearly 50 years—until 1728. His field was Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, and afterwards also philosophy. He published a large number of learned books in Latin and French. By his con­temporaries he was accused of Socinian views and an unorthodox position concerning the doc­trines of Trinity and original sin; he laid much stress upon practical Christianity, which  Clericus said is taught very clearly in the Scriptures. As a professor of the Remonstrant seminary he had some influence on Mennonite ministers, many of whom, when training for the ministry, attended his lectures, until a Mennonite seminary was estab­lished in 1735.


Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: v. II, 83-104.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1953). Clericus, Johannes (1657-1736). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 November 2020, from,_Johannes_(1657-1736)&oldid=120090.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 623. All rights reserved.

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