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I am Professor of Hermeneutics, specialized in New Testament studies and the interface of biblical and philosophical hermeneutics. I am Vice-Dean and Dean of Education at the Faculty of Religion and Theology, a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the Studiosorum Novi Testamenti Conventus (SNTC) and the Lucaswerkplaats. I am also a member of the Editorial Board of New Testament Studies and Kerk en Theologie.



My major (authored) books:

• Jairus’s Daughter and the Haemorrhaging Woman: Tradition and Interpretation of an Early Christian Miracle Story. WUNT 421. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019. xxvi + 454pp. ISBN 978-3-16-157560-0 / eISBN 978-3-16-157561-7.

• Tussen tekst en lezer: Een historische inleiding in de bijbelse hermeneutiek, deel 2: Van moderniteit naar postmoderniteit. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2013, vierde druk 2021. xvii + 573pp. ISBN 9789086596850.

• Tussen tekst en lezer: Een historische inleiding in de bijbelse hermeneutiek, deel 1: de vroege kerk - Schleiermacher. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2009, vijfde druk 2021. xxv + 453pp. ISBN 9789086593422. 

• Christ, the Spirit and the Community of God: Essays on the Acts of the Apostles. WUNT 2/293. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010. xviii + 237pp. ISBN 973–3–16–150675–8. 

• Judas and the Choice of Matthias: A Study on Context and Concern of Acts 1:15–26. WUNT 2/187. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004. xxi + 270pp. ISBN 3–16–148452–5.

• The Ascension of the Messiah in Lukan Christology. NovTSup 87. Leiden: Brill, 1997. xiii + 291pp. ISBN 90 04 10897 1.


Current projects and research interests:

I currently work on the publication of the correspondence of Gerhard Kittel with F.W. Grosheide (see below), and continue to work on on Luke-Acts (everything!), early exaltation Christologies, and the historical Jesus, esp. the eschatology of Jesus. My other New Testament research interests are synoptic studies, method, orality studies, D.F. Strauss' Leben Jesu, 1 Peter, and apocalyptic literature.

In the field of hermeneutics, I work on the interface of biblical, historical and philosophical hermeneutics (esp. the hermeneutical trinity Gadamer, Ricoeur and Derrida), and esp. on the constructive and distorting (if not destructive) role of presuppositions in biblical interpretation and academia, esp. with regard to the notions of inspiration, authority, hermeneutica sacra, and so on.


Recent publications:

• "Haggadic Motifs Haggadic Motifs in the Acts of the Apostles: A Search for Traces of the Tradition of the Elders in Acts 1–3.” Pages 307333 In Haggadah in Early Judaism and the New Testament. Edited by Roger Aus. WUNT 461. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2021.

• Review of Rudolf Bultmann, Briefwechsel mit Hans Jonas 1928-1976. Mit einem Anhang anderer Zeugnisse, hg. v. Andreas Großmann, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020, xxv + 161pp., in Kerk en Theologie 71/2 (2021): 19798.

• Review of Gerald Wagner / François Vouga, Der erste Brief des Petrus, HNT 15/2 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020), viii + 166pp., in Kerk en Theologie 71/2 (2021): 187188.


Forthcoming publications:

• “A Question of Misunderstanding or a Misunderstood Question? Exegetical Comments on Acts 1:6.” In Asking Questions in Biblical Texts. Edited by Bart J. Koet and Archibald van Wieringen, CBET. Louvain: Peeters, 2021 (accepted).

• Auf dem Weg zu einer Biographie Gerhard Kittels (1888–1948) – Towards a Biography of Gerhard Kittel (1888–1948). Edited by Lukas Bormann and Arie W. Zwiep. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2021.

• "Gerhard Kittel und Frederik W. Grosheide: Ein Briefwechsel über drei Jahrzehnte (1920-1946)". In: Bormann/Zwiep, Auf dem Weg zu einer Biographie Gerhard Kittels.

• mit Lukas Bormann, Die Korrespondenz von Gerhard und Elisabeth Kittel geb. Rohde mit Frederik Willem und A. Ottoline W.D. Grosheide geb. Schut (30.9.1922-4.9.1944 bzw. 6.7.1955), in: Bormann/Zwiep, Auf dem Wege zu einer Biographie Gerhard Kittels.

• "The Miraculous in Luke-Acts." In The Miraculous and the Biblical Traditions. Edited by Graham H. Twelftree. Leiden: Brill, projected 2022.

• "Cornelius (Centurion)." In Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. Edited by Paul van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte and David Hunter. Leiden: Brill, submitted.

• "Patristic Exegesis." In Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. Edited by Paul van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte and David Hunter. Leiden: Brill, in preparation.

• met Gijsbert van den Brink, Koert van Bekkum, Anne-Mareike Schol-Wetter, red. Wereldbeeldbijbel. Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap, in voorbereiding.



I studied theology and religious studies 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 recent teaching includes courses on all academic levels: PhD Seminar on New Testament Studies (PhD); Hermeneutics, Community Formation and the Ethics of Interpretation (MA); Exegese Nieuwe Testament: Synoptic Gospels (BA); Jezus en de evangelisten (JB); 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 Testament: First Peter, and many more.

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