Cloppenburch, Johannes (1592-1652)

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Johannes Cloppenburch, a Dutch Reformed preacher, was born 13 May 1592 in Amsterdam, studied at the University of Leiden, where he formed a friendship with Voetius, and later attended various French, German, and Swiss universities, until he was made preacher at Aalburg in 1616. In 1618 he was called to Heusden. Three years later he accepted a preaching position in Amsterdam. After falling out with the city government he was engaged as preacher in Brielle, 1630-1640, and then as a professor at the universities of Harderwijk (until 1643) and Franeker, where he died on 30 July 1652. Cloppenburch distinguished himself as a zealous opponent of the Mennonites. In 1625 he published in Amsterdam Gangraena Theologicae Anabaptisticae, d.i., Cancker van de leere der Wederdooperen, ontdeckt uyt hare eygene Schriften. This book was later published in a more detailed version in the form of disputations in Latin (Franeker, 1645 and 1656). It was printed again when after Cloppenburch's death most of his writings were published by Professor a Marck (Amsterdam, 1684). It was probably this anti-Mennonite book that drew attention to the author and led to his appointment at the university in Harderwijk.


Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 198, 202. Available in full electronic text at

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1897): 116.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 365.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: II, 106-122.

Author(s) Jacob Loosjes
Date Published 1954

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