HOORNBEEK, Johannes (1617-1666). [Teshuvat Yehudah] sive, Pro convincendis, et convertendis Judaeis, libri octo. Leiden, Pieter Leffen, 1655. 4to. (8) 51 (1 blank) 57-578 (12) pp. Bound with: IDEM. De conversione Indorum & gentilium. Libri duo. Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and the widow of Elizaeus Weyerstraten, 1669. 4to. (56) 259 (15) 260-265 pp. With engraved folding portrait of the author. Contemporary overlapping vellum.


First editions of two very important missionary works. The first work is a comprehensive treatise on the conversion of the Jews, in which Hoornbeek thoroughly examined the differences between Judaism and Christianity. In the preliminary pages he also stated his views on the place of Jews in the acts of God, the prejudices of Jews regarding Christians, and the means to convert Jews. His posthumously published De conversione Indorum & gentilium deals with the conversion of native populations of Asia and America. It is preceded by a preliminary chapter on Hoornbeek’s life by David Stuart. Hoornbeek was professor of theology at the universities of Utrecht and Leiden and a representative of Dutch orthodox Reformed theology. – Library stamp on title page.

I: Fürst I, 407.