Gilse, Jacob van (1836-1917)

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Jacob van Gilse was b. 25 January 1836 at Koog aan de Zaan, d. 8 June 1917 at Groningen, and was educated at the Gymnasium at Amsterdam, the Mennonite Seminary of Amsterdam, and the University of Leiden. After the death of his father Jan van Gilse, he discontinued his studies to become a ministerial candidate in 1860. In January 1861 he delivered his sermon of installation as pastor of the Mennonite congregation at West Zaandam, and on 26 February 1870, he became pastor of the united Mennonite congregation at Groningen. On 27 May 1906 he resigned in order to devote more time to the study of Hebrew and to social work. For a number of years he was on the board of directors of the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit and curator of the Mennonite Seminary at Amsterdam. For more than 30 years he served as secretary of the Societeit (Conference) of Groningen and East Friesland. In 1906 he was knighted. In his youth he was an ardent promoter of modernism, which had made its appearance in 1860, and with the Reformed preacher B. J. C. Mosselmans of Groningen he became a founder of the weekly Hervorming. The results of his studies in Hebrew and the Old Testament he published in a number of studies and articles which appeared in the Theologisch Tijdschrijt. Besides this he published Tien Preeken (Groningen, 1871). He was married to Anna Petronella Meelboom, daughter of Jan Adam Meelboom, Lord of Kockingen, and Engelina Craandijk.


Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 286, 300, 315, 356.

Groningsche Volksalmanak (1918): 183-190, with portrait.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 115.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenboek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland. Utrecht, 1903-: III, 257 f.

Author(s) Karel Vos
Date Published 1956

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Vos, Karel. "Gilse, Jacob van (1836-1917)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 2 Aug 2021.,_Jacob_van_(1836-1917)&oldid=145246.

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Vos, Karel. (1956). Gilse, Jacob van (1836-1917). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 August 2021, from,_Jacob_van_(1836-1917)&oldid=145246.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 520. All rights reserved.

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