Jean Leclerc

1657-1736. French Protestant theologian. Born in Geneva, he studied philosophy and theology, was ordained in Geneva, and then went to Saumur where he published his Liberi de Sancto Amore Epistolae Theologicae in which he dealt with the doctrine of the Trinity, original sin, and the problem of the two natures in the person of Christ. After meeting John Locke and Philip Lumbach in Amsterdam, he became a Remonstrant* in theology. After a brief return to Geneva he settled in Amsterdam where he became a professor of Hebrew in the Remonstrant Seminary. Between 1684 and 1712 he held the chair of church history at that school. He was a prolific writer and exercised good influence in Arminian circles, particularly through the reviews he edited.