The Impact that Arminius Left on His Nine Orphan Children

, posted by Steve Witzki

In my readings in The Works of Arminius, I stumbled across a letter of dedication from Arminius‟ nine orphan children to a William Bardesius on August 13, 1612. Bardesius was a Lieuteant of Warmenhysen, and the orphan‟s patron whom they wanted to honor with this letter and the commentary on Romans by Arminius. I almost ignored reading this letter, thinking that it would not offer anything of real value to the study of Arminius and his theology. It did not take me long to realize that I was wrong. What they communicate gives us some valuable insights into how they understood and were impacted by Arminius and his writings. I will quote them for most of this sixteen page letter before concluding with my own summary and observations.

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The Impact that Arminius Left on His Nine Orphan Children