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Cocceius, Johannes

(kŏksē`əs), 1603–69, German theologian, whose surname was originally Koch or Koken. Born in Bremen, he went to Holland, where he was professor at Francken and Leiden. He produced many learned writings, among them his great dictionary of the Hebrew language (1669), often reprinted. Cocceius held a theory of life based upon the Bible. He made the biblical covenantcovenant
, agreement entered into voluntarily by two or more parties to do or refrain from doing certain acts. In the Bible and in theology the covenant is the agreement or engagement of God with man as revealed in the Scriptures.
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 between God and man the central idea of his theology. In his examination of the Old Testament he found Jesus prefigured throughout. His followers, Cocceians, perpetuated and emphasized his teachings.
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Johannes Cocceius and the exegetical roots of federal theology; Reformation developments in the interpretation of Hebrews 7-10.
In the controversies between Johannes Cocceius and Gisbert Voet, and between Jacob de Bois and Lambert Velthuysen, Copernicanism was linked by all parties with Cartesianism.
Johannes Cocceius, teaching at Bremen, Franeker, and Leiden, presented a doctrinal system known as covenant or federal theology which, with its origins in the thought of Zwingli, Calvin, and especially Bullinger, helped form the structure for large elements of Reformed theology for the past three centuries.
The most interesting figure that I discovered was Johannes Cocceius (1603-1669), the greatest of the federal or covenantal theologians, a major biblical scholar of the time, and a forerunner of the critical understanding of Scripture.