Een Salmuriaan in Groningen: Jacques Gousset/Jacobus Gussetius (1635-1704) nader verkend | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 53, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



‘Gussetianism’ having been used as another term for Hebraism (the idea of Hebrew as the language of Adam and Eve), this article focuses on its sponsor Jacques Gousset. After his study in Saumur he became a minister of the Reformed Church of Poitiers (1652). Exiled by the Revocation (1685), he settled in Dordrecht where he wrote a partial refutation of Rabbi Isaac ben Abraham of Troki’s (see Appendix: F-Fa). After having been appointed professor of philosophy and Greek, with permission to read theology, at Groningen University in 1691, he became very productive. He wrote philosophical tracts (App.: I, J, R), biblical studies (App.: G, H, L, M, O), a Hebrew Lexicon, showing his ‘Hebraist’ views (App.: P), and he completed his anti-judaist polemics (App.: Q). His physico-theological and rationalist way of argumentation allows us to consider this orthodox Calvinist as a precursor of the Enlightenment.


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