Faukelius, Hermann (ca. 1560-1625)

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Hermann Faukelius, born about 1560 at Bruges, Belgium, studied theology at the universities of Ghent and Leiden. In 1585 he was made preacher of the secret Reformed congregation in Cologne, and 27 June 1599 at Middelburg, Dutch province of Zeeland. He refused a call to Amsterdam. In Zeeland he was a zealous member of the synod and energetically attacked the Mennonites and Remonstrants. In 1617 he published a new Dutch translation of the New Testament. He was a delegate to the national synod in Dordrecht (1618-1619). In addition he was a member of the committee on the affairs of the church in the East Indies. He was one of the translators of the well-known "state translation" of the Bible. He died 9 May 1625, at Middelburg. He incurred the disfavor of the Mennonites with the publication of his book, Babel dat is verwerringhe der wederdooperen onder malkanderen, over meest alle stukken der christelycke leere. Met een kort verhael van de oorspronk, verbreijdinghe, menigerley verdeelinghen ende scheuringhe derselven van malkanderen (1621). It was reprinted later. Two Mennonite preachers wrote a reply to it. Claes Claesz published Bekenntenisse van de voornaemste stucken des Christelyken geloofs en der Leere (1624), and Anthoni Roscius wrote Babel, d. i. Verwerringe der Kinderdooperen onder malcanderen (1626). Faukelius' Babel is a libel; but as the author used several books that have been lost or are very rare, it contains some historical accounts that are not without value. He could not refrain from relating some offensive facts that, though greatly exaggerated, contain a germ of truth.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1883): 7 ff.; (1897): 115 f.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 635.

Kühler, Wilhelmus Johannes.  Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche Doopsgezinden in de Zestiende Eeuw.  Haarlem:  H.D. Tjeenk Willink, 1932.  46 f., 68, 76-78,  177.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: III, 14-23.

Author(s) Karel Vos
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 317. All rights reserved.

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