Erasmus en het Hebreeuws op de Goudse glazen

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Three of the stained-glass windows in St John’s church in the Dutch city of Gouda, placed there between 1555 and 1572, contain Hebrew letters. The meaning of the combination of these letters is in most cases unclear and disputed. In this article the history of the development of the windows is studied, with special attention to possible influence of the views of Erasmus on their design. Two new proposals are presented in regard to the meaning of the Hebrew on the basis of the location of the separate windows within the whole of the series of windows, emphasizing the special relation between Jesus and John the Baptist.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)412-429
Number of pages17
JournalKerk en Theologie
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • stained-glass windows, Gouda, Erasmus, John the Baptist, Hebrew

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