Gilse, Jan van (1810-1859)

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Jan van Gilse, a son of Jacob van Gilse and Jannetjen van Neck, was b. 19 October 1810, and d. 25 May 1859, at Amsterdam. He was twice married, his first wife being Jannetje Brester, the second Alexandrina Geertruide Craandijk. In 1834 he became the minister of the Mennonite congregation of Koog and Zaandijk. Two years later he received his doctor's degree with the thesis, Commentatio exegetica et critica in caput XVII Vaticiniorum Ezechielis. In 1837 he was called as pastor to Amsterdam and on 5 May 1849, as professor at the Mennonite Seminary at Amsterdam, entering upon his duties on 9 October. As a student he had twice won a prize with studies on Obadiah and Sirach. He wrote many articles for periodicals such as Vaderlandsche Letteroefeningen, De Gids, and Godgeleerde Bijdragen. After his death his writings, including a number of sermons, were published in five volumes with a biography by Professor P. J. Veth (Verspreide en Nagelaten Schriften van Dr. J. van Gilse, Amsterdam, 1860-61). He was a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences. He was the second president of the Dutch Mennonite Mission Society and a warm promoter of missions. His premature death prevented his full development, and his influence on the education of young Mennonite preachers was too suddenly removed. His work concerns chiefly the field of Biblical exegesis. W. Steelink engraved a beautiful portrait of him.


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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. 520. All rights reserved.

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