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I am Associate Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics (Texts and Traditions), and Director of the Graduate School of Religion and Theology. I am a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and of the Studiosorum Novi Testamenti Conventus (SNTC).


I studied theology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Louvain, Belgium (lic. theol., 1987, doctoral studies, 1987-1990). I wrote my lic. thesis on the hermeneutic theory of the Italian philosopher of law Emilio Betti (1987) and a second thesis during my doctoral studies on the history of New Testament interpretation (1990). I received my PhD from the University of Durham, UK (now Durham University) in 1996. My Doctoral Dissertation on The Ascension of the Messiah in Lukan Christology was supervised by Prof James D.G. Dunn and published in 1997 by Brill in the NovTSup series. Since then, I have worked on Luke-Acts, the Synoptic Gospels and in the field of Biblical and philosophical hermeneutics.


My current research interests are (still) in Luke-Acts (everything!), synoptics, orality studies, memory theory and performance criticism, the umptieth quest of the historical Jesus (the Jesus-mystery still being unresolved), all the ins and outs of D.F. Strauss' Leben Jesu, early exaltation Christologies, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, apocalyptic literature, biblical and philosophical hermeneutics (esp. the hermeneutical Trinity Gadamer, Ricoeur and Derrida), reader-response criticism, and … everything about Jairus and his daughter. I am currently writing a massive monograph on The Way of Faith: A Comprehensive Study of the Pericope of the Raising of Jairus’s Daughter and the Healing of the Haemorrhaging Woman (Mark 5:21-43; Matt 9:18-26; Luke 8:40-56).


My recent teaching includes courses on:

Hermeneutics, Community Formation and the Ethics of Interpretation (MA)

Exegese Nieuwe Testament: Synoptic Gospels (BA)

Bijbelexegese: Handelingen van de apostelen (BA)

Rudolf Bultmann’s New Testament Theology: Context, Content, Consequences and Concern (MA)

Bijbelse Theologie: Nieuwe Testament (BA)

Exegese Nieuwe Testamentl: 1 Petrus (PThU MA)

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Research Output 1991 2018

"Judas Iscariot (New Testament)."

Zwiep, A. W. 2017 Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Allison, D. C. & et al. (eds.). Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, Vol. 14, p. 937-941

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Zwiep, A. W. 2017 (Submitted) Brill's Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. Lietaert Peerbolte, B. J., van Geest, P. J. & Hunter, D. (eds.). Brill

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