Ganglofs, Claes (fl. 1580-1605)

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Claes Ganglofs was an author and elder of the Flemish Mennonite congregation at Emden at the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th, who played a role in the Huiskooper dispute at Franeker in 1588, which dispute split the Flemish into two divisions, a strict one and a more lenient one. Ganglofs was one of the elders appointed to mediate the quarrel and traveled with the group to Haarlem, where they presumably reached an agreement on the position they would take. He sided with the strict party and worked in East Friesland, Westphalia, Groningen, and Overijssel, opposed the attempt at unification made by Lubbert Gerritsz in 1604, applied the ban in marriage with absolute severity, opposed mixed marriages, and required re-baptism of persons wishing to join his congregation. He wrote the following works: Proeve des Geloofs (1570, reprint 1610); Antwoort ende verclaringhe op de presentatie tot vereeninge (1605, 1626, 1631); Nieu Geestelyck Liedboecxken (Groningen, 1593, 1606, 1615, 1633); Dat gebedt ons Heeren Jesu Christi (1593, 1623); Grondich Bewijs van Gods Gemeynt (1599, 1605, 1626); Vermaning en zendbrief aan zyn huisvrouw (1605, 1633); and a letter to his brother which contains 29 songs. Some of the songs are about persons in Almelo, Bocholt, and Leer. Some of these writings were published by J. de Buyser in the Christelyck Huysboeck (1643), 854-876, in which he attacked the views of Claas Claasz of Blokzijl. Presumably either Ganglofs himself or his ancestors came from Flanders; in 1655 a Joorys Gangeloof of Flanders was a member of the congregation at Aardenburg, Zeeland.


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Author(s) Karel Vos
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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