Bolland, Gerard

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Bolland, Gerard Gender: M
Gerardus Johannes Petrus Josephus Bolland
born on 9 June 1854 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )
Place Groningen, Netherlands, 53n1208, 6e3309
Timezone LMT m6e3309 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 18°06' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 25°09 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 15°20'

Gerard Bolland


Dutch autodidact (self-taught man), also known as G.J.P.J. Bolland. He was a linguist, philosopher, biblical scholar, and lecturer. An excellent orator, he gave extremely well attended public lectures in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Delft, Groningen, Nijmegen and Belgium.

He became an expert in German idealism, being especially interested in the works of Eduard von Hartmann and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. He began researching the formation of Christianity in 1891, and was extremely literate in religious history. He was associated with the Dutch radical school.

He effected a revival in Hegelianism in the Netherlands around 1900 by arranging a new edition of Hegel’s works, and stimulating a renewal of interest in philosophy in the Netherlands. He had a quirky style in his use of the Dutch language causing linguist J.A. Dèr Mouw, among others, to criticise him sharply.

He died on 11 February 1922 in Leiden.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate n° 536 in the online Groningen archives, pp. 360-361/706: "des morgens te half negen uur" (at eight-thirty in the morning) [1].


  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker (Orator)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Lecturer)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Linguist
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher