Author: Godfried D. A. Jonckbloet s.j.
Godfried Daniël Augustinus Jonckbloet was born on
August 28, 1848 at Eindhoven. He was the son of a notary and
it was intended that he would follow in his father's career.
During his studies at the Jesuit College at Sittard he felt
more and more called to a spiritual office. In 1868, he entered
a Jesuit order. After his theological studies, completed in
1881, he was ordained into the priesthood.
Because of his love for and skills in literature he had
already published poems in a catholic magazine. In 1890, his
life took a different course because he was sent as a missionary
to Batavia in Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). For 18 years
he expended himself in this work. A serious illness made it
necessitated his return to the Netherlands, leaving his beloved
mission post. Jonckbloet was a good friend and counsellor
to many people. His literary talent produced many poems, items
of prose and writings. He was a man eager to study, which
he did until his death on April 5, 1926 in Nijmegen, at age
Date and language: 1889 - Dutch
Translation: In the foreword of this
book Jonckbloet indicates the motivation behind this translation.
We quote: “Out of concern of the poetry, following the
example of Mr J.J.L. Ten Kate*, in his scripture translation,
I have endeavoured according my capacities to bring harmony
between poetry and content.
Jonckbloet, as literator and priest, published the Bible
book Isaiah in poetic form.
*Please see our page Bibles “The book Job”
and “The Psalms” by J.J.L. Ten Kate.
God’s name: as a Jesuit
Jonckbloet writes frankly, but always with respect, about
Jehova as his Lord and God. In this book God’s name
is written no less than 200 times .
Photo 3: Isaiah 1: 2 and 4
Photo 4: Isaiah 6: 9
Photo 5: Isaiah 40:28
Photo 6: Isaiah 45:21
Photo 7: Isaiah 49:1 and 5