Johannes Drusius
Johannes Van den Driesche


Protestant divine, distinguished specially as an Orientalist and exegete, was born at Oudenarde, in Flanders, on the 28th of June 1550. Being designed for the church, he studied Greek and Latin at Ghent, and philosophy at Louvain; but his father having been outlawed for his religion, and deprived of his estate, retired to England, where the son followed him in 1567.

He found an admirable teacher of Hebrew in Chevalier, the celebrated Orientalist, with whom he resided for some time at Cambridge. In 1572 he became professor of Oriental languages at Oxford. Upon the pacification of Ghent (1576) he returned with his father to their own country, and was appointed professor of Oriental languages at Leiden in the following year.

In 1585 he removed to Friesland, and was admitted professor of Hebrew in the university of Franeker, an office which he discharged with great honour till his death, which happened in February 1616. He acquired so extended a reputation as a professor that his class was frequented by students from all the Protestant countries in Europe.

His works prove him to have been well skilled in Hebrew and in Jewish antiquities; and in the states-general employed him, at a salary of 400 forms a year, to write notes on the most difficult passages in the Old Testament; but this work was not published until after his death.


Henning Witte

Memoriae philosophorum, oratorum, poetarum, historicorum
et philologorum nostri seculi clarissimorum renovatae decas prima (- nona).

Königsberg, Frankfurt <Main>: Hallervord, 1677-1679