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Lamists (also called Galenists after their leader Galenus Abrahamsz de Haan) was the name of the group of 1,500 left in the Mennonite church at Amsterdam after Samuel Apostool in consequence of the Lammerenkrijgh separated from the Flemish "bij 't Lam" group in 1664 with 500 members, and met for worship in a house with a gable sign "to the sun." Hence the Apostool group were known as Zonists. The division extended to almost all the Mennonites of Holland. In the new names, Lamist and Zonist, the old distinctions between Flemish, Frisian, etc., were swallowed up. The Lamist, the more liberal wing, was the larger. Three centuries later one can still see on the weather vane on many a Dutch Mennonite church a sketch of a lamb. By the end of the 18th century the gulf between the Zonists and Lamists was largely bridged over. At the beginning of the 19th century union was achieved everywhere. Nevertheless throughout the 19th century traces of the division were still perceptible.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 606.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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