Publications of the Dutch Mennonites

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In addition to privately published books and hymnals (see Hymnology), some editions of the confessions, and accounts of peacemaking among the divided branches and of other meetings, such as Handelinghe der Doopsgezinde, ghenaemt de Ver-eenigde Vlaemsche en Duytsche Gemeynte, the first—semiofficial—publication of the Mennonites in the Netherlands was the [[Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden|Naamlijst]], appearing first in 1731, at first at long inter­vals, then annually 1759-76 and 1778-94, and finally biennially 1796-1810, the last editions being 1810, 1815, and 1829. It contained an enumeration of the Dutch Mennonite ministers; most issues of the Naamlijst also listed the congregations in Germany and elsewhere. From 1788 they also contained some items of church news (Kerknieuws).

The Naamlijst was succeeded by the ]aarboekje voor de Doopsgezinde gemeenten in de Nederlanden, commonly called "Muller’s Jaarboekje” published in 1837, 1840, and 1850. This contained a list of the congregations, news about the congrega­tions, and also a number of historical papers. It was succeeded by Gorter's Doopsgezinde lectuur (1854, 1856, 1858) and Doopsgezinde Bijdragen, which was published annually from 1861 to 1919 (except 1866, 1871, and 1913-15). In 1887 the first number of De Zondagsbode, a weekly, was published, which appeared until 21 June 1942. Since 1942 it has been the official periodical of the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (ADS). In 1945 the ADS published De Noodbrug (June 1945, and monthly from August 1945 to Sep­tember 1946), and from October 1946 the Algemeen Doopsgezind Weekblad.

From about 1911 to about 1943 most congrega­tions or groups of neighboring congregations pub­lished their own periodicals, usually monthly. After 1947 some congregations again undertook this kind of publication.

Other regular publications are Verslag wegens de Staat der Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit since 1811, the annual report of the Dutch Mennonite Mission Association since 1849, Brieven of the Vereniging voor Doopsgezind Broederschapswerk 1918-1956, De Hoeksteen, a monthly periodical of the youth organization, since 1935, the Doopsge­zind ]aarboekje since 1901, an annual calen­dar 1937-57, Stemmen uit de Doopsgezinde Broederschap since 1952, and Koers, a monthly edited by the youth organization. Most of these publications did not appear during World War II, because they were forbidden by the German occupying forces or could not appear because of lack of paper.


"Doopsgezinde periodeken in Nederland." Stemmen uit de doopsgex. broederschap I, No. 1 (January 1952).

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 228, 1147. All rights reserved.

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