Jan Jakob Van Oosterzee

1817-1882. Dutch Reformed minister and theologian. Born in Rotterdam, he was educated at the University of Utrecht and by 1862 had served churches at Eemnes-Binnen, Alkmaar, and the chief pulpit in Rotterdam. Well known as pulpit orator and evangelical leader, his piety and scholarship returned him to Utrecht to teach practical theology, which position he kept until his death. He rejected naturalistic, critical views and vigorously maintained biblical and supernatural presuppositions toward theological science. His writing career began in 1845 with the editorship of a theological journal. His published works included The Image of Christ as Presented in Scripture (1874); commentaries on Luke, the Pastoral epistles, Philemon, and James; and Praktische Theologie (1878), which covered the full range of his pastoral and tutorial prowess.