The Making of the Dutch Form for Adult Baptism

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The Liturgy of the Dutch Reformed Church came about in several steps from Petrus
Dathenus’s 1566 edition of the Psalms to the National Synod of Dordt (1618–1619). During
the Post-Acta sessions of Dordt in 1619, it was finally decided to draw up a form for
baptism of adults (“de bejaerde”), in addition to the already existing form for infant baptism.
This essay shows that the church in the Netherlands could not fall back on texts
that were already in use elsewhere in Europe. Both the provincial synods of North- and
South-Holland and that of Zeeland provided material that was incorporated into the
new form, which gradually replaced the so-called “Corte ondersoeckinge” in the years
after the Synod of Dordt.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)483-501
Aantal pagina's19
TijdschriftChurch History and Religious Culture
Nummer van het tijdschrift3-4
StatusPublished - dec. 2022

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