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I am Associate Professor (with ius promovendi) of New Testament and Hermeneutics, and Director of the Graduate School of Religion and Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 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 (Leiden 1997), Judas and the Choice of Matthias (Tübingen 2004), Christ, the Spirit and the Community of God (Tübingen 2010), and Tussen tekst en lezer: een historische inleiding in de bijbelse hermeneutiek (2 vols., 2009-2013). A fuller list of my publications can be found under Research.

Forthcoming: Arie W. Zwiep, Jairus's Daughter and the Haemorrhaging Woman: Tradition and Interpretation of an Early-Christian Miracle Story, WUNT 421 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019), xxvi + 454pp.


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, 1 Peter, apocalyptic literature, biblical and philosophical hermeneutics (esp. the hermeneutical Trinity Gadamer, Ricoeur and Derrida), reader-response criticism, and … everything about Jairus and his daughter.


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); 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: 1 Petrus (PThU MA), and much 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

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Research Output 1991 2019

Christ, the Spirit and the Community of God: Essays on the Acts of the Apostles

Zwiep, A. W., 2010, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. (WUNT 2. Reihe; vol. 293)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Acts of the Apostles

Judas and the Choice of Matthias: A Study on Context and Concern of Acts 1:15-26

Zwiep, A. W., 2004, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. 291 p. (WUNT 2. Reihe; vol. 187)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review


The Ascension of the Messiah: An Inquiry Into the Ascension and Exaltation of Jesus in Lukan Christology

Zwiep, A. W., 1996, 350 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation externalAcademic

Activities 2003 2019

"Ja, maar dat is een kwestie van hermeneutiek: zin en onzin van een (post-)kritische hermeneutiek"

A.W. Zwiep (Speaker)
28 Jan 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

The Alpha and Omega and Lampstand Metaphors: A Linguistic Theory of Metaphor as Applied to the Book of Revelation.

A.W. Zwiep (Examiner)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

New Testament Studies (Journal)

A.W. Zwiep (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

"Haemorrhoissa et filia Jairi (Mark 5:21-43 parr.): Concluding Reflections (Almost) at the End of a Journey.”

A.W. Zwiep (Speaker)
21 Dec 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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"Het bijbelse wereldbeeld is nog steeds actueel"

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Andries Radio (interview)

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Andries Radio

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Wesley: Prediker wars van traditie

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Er is altijd meer dan de bijbel alleen

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