Jansse, Lucas

Jansse, Lucas a distinguished French Protestant theologian and writer, was born at Rouen about 1605. He studied theology at the Huguenot seminary situated at the lately celebrated Sedan, and was pastor at Rouen from 1632 to 1682, when age and infirmities obliged him to resign. At the revocation of the Edict of Nantes he retired to Rotterdam, where he died April 24th, 1686. Jansse was a man of solid learning and lively imagination. He made himself especially conspicuous by a pamphlet — La Messe trouvee dans l'Ecriture (Villefranche [Rouen], 1647, 12mo) —in which he ridiculed Veron for 'having, in an edition of the Louvain Bible published at Paris in 1646, translated the beginning of Ac 13:2 by "As they said mass unto the Lord." In order to avoid persecution, Jansse destroyed a large number of copies; but it was often reprinted, as in Recueil de plusieuy's pieces curieuses (Villefranche [Holland], 1678, 12mo), and alone under the title Le Miracle du P. Veron sur la Messe (Lond. 1699, 12mo). He wrote, also, Traite de la Fin du Monde (Rouen and Quevilly, 1656, 8vo): Le Chretienne au Pied de la Croix (Rouen, 1683, 8vo), etc. See Chauffepie, Dict. Hist.; Haag, La France Protest.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, 26:354. (J. N. P.)

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