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Assistant Professor (tenured) / Senior Lecturer Early Christian Greek and Latin

Member of ACASA: Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology


My research focuses on early Christian texts, specifically the use of Scripture and the genre of hagiography. I am also interested in narratology and discourse linguistics and what those areas of research have to offer to early Christian studies. In terms of genre, the sayings of the desert fathers and mothers (the so-called Apophthegmata Patrum) are of special interest.


I (co-)teach the following courses:

Ancient Christianity

Early Christian Studies

Latin Literature

Classical Mythology and Biblical Stories

From Christ to Constantine

From Constantine to Muhammad

Tutorial Late Greek and Late Latin Literature

BA Thesis Colloquium


PhD Theology (Church History) University of Utrecht (2003)

Duke University, North Carolina (2002)

BA + MA Theology (degree of drs) University of Utrecht (1998)

Divinity School (completion of training for ministry in PKN = Protestant Church Netherlands; 1998)

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1993-1994) 

Propedeuse Theology University of Utrecht (1990)

Grammar School (Christelijk Gymnasium Utrecht; 1983-1989)


Fulbright Grant NACEE 2002

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Education/Academic qualification

Early Christian Studies, PhD


  • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
  • C Auxiliary Sciences of History
  • D History General and Old World
  • P Language and Literature

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desert Social Sciences
spirituality Social Sciences
antiquity Social Sciences
wisdom Social Sciences
modernity Social Sciences
father Social Sciences
Appropriation Arts & Humanities
Spirituality Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2005 2018

Communion of Saints: The Function of Liturgical Scenes in Hagiographic Texts

Vos, N., 2017, Sanctifying Texts, Transforming Rituals: Encounters in Liturgical Studies. van Geest, P., Poorthuis, M. & E. R. (eds.). Leiden/Boston: Brill, p. 31-54 24 p. (Brill's Studies in Catholic Theology; vol. 5).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

“Teach us to pray”: Self-Understanding in Macrina’s Final Prayer

Vos, N., 2017, In : Studia Patristica. 95, p. 165-174 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

The Desert Sayings (Apophthegmata Patrum) as Mystagogical Path: Images of 'Hesychia' in the Systematic Collection Chapter 2

Vos, N. M., 2016, Seeing Through the Eyes of Faith. van Geest, P. J. J. (ed.). Leuven: Peeters, p. 511-532 22 p. (Late Antique History and Religion; no. 11).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Demons and the Devil in Ancient and Medieval Christianity

Vos, N. M. (ed.) & Otten, W. (ed.), 2011, Leiden: Brill. 257 p. (Vigiliae Christianae; no. 108)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

A Universe of Meaning. Cyprian's Use of Scripture in Letter 58

Vos, N. M., 2010, Cyprian of Carthage. Studies in His Life, Language, and Thought. Bakker, H., van Geest, P. & van Loon, H. (eds.). Leuven: Peeters, p. 65-93

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2008 2018

Leven in de vroege kerk; Life in the Early Church

N.M. Vos (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

The Riddle of Religious Roles: Authority and Community in Egeria’s Travel Journal

N.M. Vos (Speaker)
9 Jun 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Communication in the Early Church

N.M. Vos (Speaker)
2 Oct 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

James O'Donnell

N.M. Vos (Host)
27 Jun 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor