Cornelius de Hase

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Cornelius de Hare (* 13. November 1653 in Frankfurt am Main ; † 26. May 1710 in Bremen ) was an educator (tutor), theologian and hymn - writer .


Hase came from a Dutch family who emigrated to Frankfurt am Main . He was the son of a merchant and head of the Reformed church. He studied theology at the University of Heidelberg from 1668 and at the Collegium Mauritianum in Kassel from 1669 . Here he was influenced by the then famous preacher Theodor Undereyck and above all by the federal theology of Johannes Coccejus . He followed Undereyck to Bremen in 1670 to continue his studies at the illustrious grammar school . From 1672 to 1676 he studied in Holland .

Hase was called in 1676 together with Undereyck as a preacher at St. Martini in Bremen as pastor extraordinary who preached at five o'clock in the morning. He quickly gained recognition and, like Undereyck, represented a pietistic theology against the prevailing orthodoxy in the church. In 1679 he became a regular preacher and in 1683 at the same time a teacher at the Bremen grammar school illustrious (today: old grammar school ). Around 1685 he received his doctorate in theology in Groningen . In 1693, after Undereyck's death, he became the first clergyman at St. Martini and in 1699 rector of the illustrious grammar school . In 1708 he was appointed the first preacher of the Bremen Council Church of Our Dear Women .

Hase championed Undereyck's direction for a long time, from which he later increasingly deviated. He became a learned, milder, gladly heard and conciliatory church doctor who followed the direction of a Labadism  - a pietistic special form - pursued by Coccejus . In Bremen, for example, he ensured that the orthodox and pietistic currents mostly got along peacefully. He did not accept foreign appointments such as those in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Marburg, Amsterdam or Franeker. As a private tutor he influenced the later theologian Friedrich Adolf Lampe (1683–1729). His writings - some of which have been translated into Dutch - are edifying, but mostly theological and scientific works.

His son Jakob was a philologist and lawyer in Bremen and Groningen, his son Theodor a theologian.


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