Johannes Coccejus

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Johannes Coccejus, engraving by Kilian after Anthonie Palamedesz.
Portrait of Johannes Coccejus from 1715

Johannes Coccejus actually Johannes Coch or Johannes Koch (born August 9, 1603 in Bremen ; † November 5, 1669 in Leiden ) was a Protestant theologian , and one of the main representatives of federal theology due to his systematic representations .


Coccejus was the son of Bremen city secretary Timan Coch. His theological teachers included a. Matthias Martinius and Ludwig Crocius . In 1626 he studied at the University of Franeker with Johannes Maccovius , Wilhelm Amesius (1576–1633) and also the orientalist Sixtinus Amama . After studying in Leiden and Groningen , Coccejus found himself back in his hometown from 1630, before moving to Franeker as a professor of the Hebrew language in 1636 and of theology from 1643 . In 1650 he accepted the call to the University of Leiden , where he fell ill with the plague and died in 1669 .

Johannes Coccejus was a brother of the councilor Gerhard Coccejus , who took part in the negotiations on the Peace of Westphalia as Bremen envoy .


It is thanks to Coccejus that he was the first to systematically develop and present federal theology in full. He found the concept of foedus Dei, the embodiment of the divine history of salvation, which develops in stages from beginning to end, in the Bible. Already Huldrych Zwingli , Heinrich Bullinger and John Calvin had to some extent taken up this Federal thoughts. In Bremen he was made familiar with it by his teachers Martinius and Crocius. His explanations fertilized theology up to the 19th century, although its importance was not really recognized at first.


  • Coccejusstraße in Bremen- Schwachhausen was named after the brothers.


  • Commentarius in Librum I , Franeker 1644
  • Summa doctrinae de foedere et testamento Dei , Leiden 1648
  • Indagatio naturae Sabbati , Leiden 1658
  • Explicatio catecheseos Heydelbergensis
  • Opera Johannis Coccei Dum Viveret In Academia Lugduno-Batava SS Theologiae Professoris , Amsterdam 1673
  • Opera anecdota, theologica et philologica , Amsterdam 1706


Web links

Commons : Johannes Coccejus  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Walter HollwegCoccejus, Johannes. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 3, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1957, ISBN 3-428-00184-2 , p. 302 f. ( Digitized version ).