-9. Changing views

Changing insight
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Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) , the famous calvinistic leader of the 17th century and initiator of the University Utrecht had a rather negative view on Jews (at least as long as they did not convert). He sent his pupil Johannes Leusden (1624-1699) to Amsterdam to improve his Hebrew and to prepare for mission among the Jews. Although he remained reluctant about the Jewish faith, he became really interested, published about habits, and edited the first bible with both Jewish and Protestant recommendations: the famous Athias (accuratissima) bible.


Voetius en Leusden
Voetius and Leusden in the exhibition on 200 years Jewish life in Utrecht (1990)
Johannes Leusden (1624-1699)

In the booklet erroneously the image of Leusden has been mirrored. Here is the correct image:


Among the pupils of Voetius was also Anna Maria van Schurman (1607-1678) who knew many languages and wrote letters and poems in Hebrew;

Anna Maria van Schurman

AMSchurman Opuscula 1652
AMSchurman Opuscula (2) 1652
signed in Hebrew Chana Mirjam Schurman

Source of image: Digitaal Vrouwenlexicon van  Nederland.
URL: http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/vrouwenlexicon/lemmata/data/Schurman, Anna Maria van [13/01/2014]  Geadopteerd door Geschiedenis Beleven en Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis