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1991 …2020

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Born in Schiedam (1964), I studied theology and religious studies at ETF Louvain (1983-1990) and earned my PhD from Durham University (1996).

I am Dean of Education, member of the Faculty Board and Associate Professor (with ius promovendi) of New Testament and Hermeneutics. I am 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 a member of the Editorial Board of New Testament Studies and Kerk en Theologie.



My major publications include The Ascension of the Messiah in Lukan Christology, NovTSup 87 (Leiden 1997), Judas and the Choice of Matthias, WUNT 2/187 (Tübingen 2004), Christ, the Spirit and the Community of God, WUNT 2/293 (Tübingen 2010), and Tussen tekst en lezer: een historische inleiding in de bijbelse hermeneutiek (2 vols., 2009-2013), Jairus's Daughter and the Haemorrhaging Woman: Tradition and Interpretation of an Early Christian Miracle Story, WUNT 421 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019). A fuller list of my publications can be found under My Research.


Current projects and research interests:

With Lukas Bormann (Philipps Universität Marburg), I currently work on a publication of the correspondence of Gerhard Kittel and F.W. Grosheide: Briefwechsel Gerhard Kittel (1888–1948) und Frederik Willem Grosheide (1881–1972) (a critical edition and commentary). More information on the project can be found here.

I also continue to work 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 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 (which I think is not a good thing!), and so on.


Forthcoming 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.” In Haggadah in Early Judaism and the New Testament / Haggadah im frühen Judentum und im Neuen Testament. Edited by Roger Aus and Jörg Frey. WUNT Series. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020 (accepted).

“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, 2020 (accepted).

Various articles in Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. Edited by Paul van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte and David Hunter. Leiden: Brill ("Rapture" / "Redemption" / "Cornelius" / "Patristic Exegesis").

Review of Matthias Baum, Die Hermeneutik Hans-Georg Gadamers als philosophia christiana, HUTh 80 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020), xii + 330pp., in Kerk en Theologie.

Review of J. Andrew Cowan, The Writings of Luke and the Jewish Roots of the Christian Way: An Examination of the Aims of the First Christian Historian in the Light of Ancient Politics, Ethnography, and Historiography, LNTS 599, London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019, xvi + 209pp., in Journal of Theological Studies.

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



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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  • New Testament
  • Hermeneutics
  • Luke-Acts
  • Historical Jesus
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Exegesis
  • Theology
  • Judas
  • Jairus
  • Gospel of Mark
  • Gospel of Matthew
  • Gospel of Luke
  • Lukan Theology
  • SNTS
  • SBL
  • Interpretation
  • Bible
  • Greek
  • Acts
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • Hermeneutiek
  • Bijbel
  • Heilige Schrift
  • Schriftgezag
  • canon
  • theologie
  • exegese
  • Gerhard Kittel
  • FW Grosheide
  • antisemitism
  • eschatology


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