Fulfilling God's Mission: The Two Worlds of Dominie Everardus Bogardus, 1607-1647

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BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 628 pages
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This biography recalls the fascinating life of the second Reformed minister of New Amsterdam (present-day New York), Everardus Bogardus, a poor but gifted youth who worked himself upward into the ministry. The first part of the book provides an in-depth analysis of his mystical experience as a 15-year old orphan in his hometown Woerden (Holland) and its significance in the Dutch context. The second part explores Bogardus's agency in the colonial context and his appropriation of his new fatherland - as a minister among the Europeans, the Native Americans, and the blacks, as a spokesman of the opposition during Kieft's War, and as a colonist married to the famous Anneke Jans. This biography is conceived as a mentality history of an early modern male individual. "Fulfilling God's Mission: The Two Worlds of Dominie Everardus Bogardus, 1607-1647" has been granted the 2008 Hendrick's Award.
  

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Contents

A little spiritual song
3
Chapter One A child without parents
41
Chapter Two Everts world
76
Chapter Three An orphan in Woerden
115
Chapter Four Words sounds images
153
Chapter Five Election
181
Chapter Six Body language
204
Chapter Seven Deliverance
235
Chapter Eleven A New Netherland family
364
Chapter Twelve Confrontations
413
Chapter Thirteen War
452
Chapter Fourteen Responsibilities
490
Chapter Fifteen Mission work
524
Chapter Sixteen Taking stock
558
The Anneke Jans story
571
Relatives by blood and marriage of Evert
595

Chapter Eight Recognition
263
Chapter Nine Comforter of the sick in Mouri
287
Chapter Ten A minister in Manhattan
319

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About the author (2007)

Willem Frijhoff (*1942), Ph.D. in History (1981), was Research Assistant in Religious Anthropology at the EHESS in Paris (France), and Professor of Cultural History at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is now Professor Emeritus of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He has published extensively on French and Dutch cultural and religious history, including Embodied Belief: Ten Essays on Religious Culture in Dutch History (2002), and 1650: Hard-Won Unity (2004).

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