Jacobs, Anthoni (ca. 1594-1624)

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Anthoni (Anthony) Jacobs (Jacobsz, sometimes called Roscius after the friend and teacher of Cicero), b. 1594 probably at Amsterdam (according to Schijn in Hoorn), d. 1624, was a Dutch Mennonite elder in the Waterlander congregation at Hoorn. In Jan­uary 1624 he was skating from Hoorn to Amster­dam, where he was to preach a sermon, pushing the sled in which his wife Jannetje Jansdochter was sitting with their child, and fell through a hole in the ice. The child drowned and Jacobsz with much trouble saved his wife, who, however, died soon after. Two weeks later Jacobsz also died. This tragic accident made a deep impression. Joost van den Vondel, Holland's greatest poet, then still a member of the Amsterdam Waterlander con­gregation, celebrated the family in a poem, and Jeme de Ring of Harlingen published a sermon for Anthoni's funeral.

Anthoni Jacobsz was a grandson on his mother's side of the well-known Elder Lubbert Gerritsz and a son of Jacob Thonis (Theunissen), a deacon of the Waterlander congregation of Amsterdam; his brother Lambert Jacobsz was an elder of the Waterlander congregation of Leeuwarden. Anthoni studied medi­cine, obtained his doctor's degree, and was appoint­ed elder at an early age, being much appreciated by his congregation. He published Wederlegginghe des Kinder doops . . . teghen Robertum Puppium, dat deselve niet uit God is (n.p., 1617, reprinted Amster­dam 1636). After Herman Faukelius, a Re­formed divine, had attacked the Mennonites in Babel, dat is Verwerringhe der Wederdooperen onder malkanderen (1621), and Claes Claesz of Blokzijl had defended the Mennonites, Anthoni Jacobsz also wrote a refutation entitled Babel, d.i. Verwerringe der Kinderdooperen onder malcanderen (n.p., 1626), which was published after Ja­cobsz' death. He is also thought to have been the author of a booklet published at Amsterdam in 1628 under the pseudonym of Ben Israels, Tractaet der Buytengetrouwden sonder onderscheijt.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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