Loosjes, Adriaan (1828-1902)

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Adriaan Loosjes was born 4 August 1828 at Haarlem and died 21 June 1902; he was a son of the book dealer Vincent Loosjes. At the age of 17 he wrote the devotional articles for the Christelijk Album (1846), which was widely read. After completing his study at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary 1846-1851 he was called as pastor to the congregation at Rottevalle-Witveen. The next year (1852) he moved to Akkrum. In 1854, at the age of 26, he accepted a call to the Mennonite church at Amsterdam and served this congregation for 39 years.

Of Adriaan Loosjes' preaching Feenstra remarked, "His capability bordered on genius." Loosjes himself said, "I know of no higher title of honor than to have been a preacher in the 19th century." His Biblically orthodox point of view did not interfere with his high regard for people who differed from him. His extensive pastoral work was probably the reason for his long literary silence. Not until his later years did he again appear before the public. In addition to treatises in the Stemmen voor waarheid en vrede, anodier study must be mentioned, De gedachten van Pascal en zijne kleinere geschriften vertaald en toegelicht (Haarlem, 1889). He also published a funeral sermon to his colleague P. van der Goot, entitled Jezus Christus altijd dezelfde (Amsterdam, 1877), and Voor ruim een halve eeuw (Haarlem, 1897); his son Vincent Loosjes published a number of his father's sermons, Uit de Prediking van A. Loosjes (Haarlem, 1905).

Adriaan Loosjes' services were recognized by bestowal of membership in the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde and the provincial society of Utrecht. He was married twice, 1852-1862 to Margaretha van Geuns, and 1864-1902 to E. H. Bavink. On 24 September 1893 he resigned his pastorate and died nine years later at Bloemendaal near Haarlem. He gave his rich library to the Amsterdam Mennonite Church.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1904): 66-114; (1902): 242.

Feenstra P., Jr., "Levensbericht", in Levensbericht  My. Ned. Letterk.: 1903-1904.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 670, 688.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 391. All rights reserved.

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