OT research in The Netherlands and Belgium

On this page, one finds a list of the Dutch and Flemish Universities where the Hebrew Bible can be studied as well as information on the members of the OTW and their areas of expertise.

Locations where the Old Testament can be studied in an academic context

Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit: Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +31 20 598 6620

Protestantse Theologische Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +31 88 337 1613

Antwerpen

Universiteit Antwerpen: Instituut voor Joodse Studies
Prinsstraat 13, L.400
2000 Antwerpen
Bezoekersadres: Lange Winkelstraat 40-42, 4de verdieping, Antwerpen
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +32 32 75 52 43

Apeldoorn

Theologische Universiteit van de Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland
Wilhelminapark 4
7316 BT Apeldoorn
Contact: e-mail / Tel. 055-577 5700

Brussel

Faculteit voor Protestantse Godgeleerdheid
Bollandistenstraat 40
1040 Brussel
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +32 2 735 6746

Groningen

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen: Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Oude Boteringestraat 38
9712 GK GRONINGEN
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +31 50 363 8017

Protestantse Theologische Universiteit
Oude Ebbingestraat 25
9712 HA Groningen
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +31 88 337 1613

Kampen

Theologische Universiteit van de Gereformeerde Kerken (Vrijgemaakt)
Broederweg 15
8261 GS Kampen
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +31 38 447 1710

Leuven

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: Faculteit Godgeleerdheid
Sint-Michielsstraat 6
B-3000 Leuven
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +32 16 323 866

Evangelische Theologische Faculteit Leuven
St. Jansbergsesteenweg 97
3001 Leuven
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +32 16 200 895

Louvain-la-Neuve

Université catholique de Louvain: Faculté de Théologie 
Grand-place 45
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Contact: e-mail / Tel: + 32 10 47 45 93

Nijmegen

Radboud Universiteit: Faculteit der Theologie
Postbus 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
Contact: e-mail / Tel. +31 24 3612474

Tilburg

Tilburg University
Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
location Tilburg: Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg
Postbus 80101, 3508 TC Utrecht
Contact: email / Tel. + 31 13 466 3800

Utrecht

Tilburg University
Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
location Utrecht: Nieuwegracht 61, 3512 LG Utrecht
Postbus 80101, 3508 TC Utrecht
Contact: email/ Tel. + 31 466 3800

OTW-members and areas of expertise

Prof. H. (Hans) Ausloos

  • Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible
  • Septuagint
  • Historical-critical analysis of the Pentateuch
  • Book of Deuteronomy

Prof. em. B.E.J.H. (Bob) Becking

  • Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context
  • Persian Period
  • Social-religious interpretation of the documents from Elephantine
  • Books of Ezra & Nehemiah
  • Book of Micha

Prof. P.C. (Panc) Beentjes

  • Book of Sirach
  • Wisdom literature
  • Books of the Chronicles
  • Translation of the Hebrew Bible
  • Bible in modern literature

Dr. K. (Koert) van Bekkum

  • Books of Genesis-2 Kings
  • History of Ancient Israel
  • Archeology of the Southern Levant

Prof. em. W. (Wim) Beuken

  • Biblical-Hebrew poetry, in particular in the books of Isaiah and the Psalms

Dr. M.E.J. (Marieke) den Braber

  • Book of Joshua
  • Book of Judges
  • Pentateuch

Prof. J. (Jaap) Dekker

  • Theology of the book of Isaiah
  • Relation between the Old and New Testament
  • Christian reading of the Old Testament

Dr. M. (Meindert) Dijkstra 

  • The Old Testament in its ancient Near Eastern environment
  • West-Semitic epigraphy
  • Historiography in the ancient Near East
  • Studies in the Hurrian language and texts

Prof. J. (Joep) Dubbink

  • Biblical Theology
  • Theology of the Old Testament
  • Prophetic literature, in particular the books of Jeremiah and Zachariah
  • Books of Ezra & Nehemiah

Dr. J.W. (Janet) Dyk

  • Semitic languages (primarily Ancient Hebrew and Syriac)
  • Linguistics
  • Verbal valence patterns and their meanings
  • Syntactic variation

Dr. S.M.L. (Ine) van den Eynde

  • Book of Judith
  • Book of Exodus
  • Narrative literature
  • Feminist exegesis

Dr. J.P. (Jan) Fokkelman

  • Literary analysis (style and structure)
  • Hermeneutics of classical Hebrew texts

Dr. M.L. (Margaretha) Folmer

  • Aramaic
  • Classical Hebrew
  • Magic and Judaism

Dr. H.W.M. (Harm) van Grol

  • Syntax and Versification in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
  • Book of Psalms

Dr. P.B. (Bärry) Hartog

  • Judaism in the Graeco-Roman world
  • Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Textual scholarship and scribal culture

Prof. J.W. (Jan Willem) van Henten

  • Second Temple Period
  • Maccabees
  • Martyrdom
  • Flavius Josephus

Dr. C.G. (Kees) den Hertog

  • Septuagint
  • Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible

Prof. A (Dineke) Houtman

  • Rabbinic literature
  • Targums
  • Jewish-Christian relations

Prof. em. C. (Cornelis) Houtman

  • Reception of the Bible in the Netherlands from the 18th century onwardstuur

Dr. I.J. (Izaak) De Hulster

  • Iconographic exegesis
  • Metaphors and metaphor theory
  • Cosmography in the Bible and the ancient Near East
  • Song of Songs
  • Book of Isaiah

Prof. em. A. (Arie) van der Kooij

  • Textual history and textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, in particular of the book of Isaiah
  • Septuagint, in particular the book of Isaiah
  • Scholars, scribes, and translators in Ancient Judaism
  • Models of leadership and the constitution (Politeia) of the Jews in Early Judaism
  • Targum and Peshitta studies

Dr. M.C.A. (Marjo) Korpel

  • Book of Ruth (structure, exegesis and theology)
  • Book of Esther (exegesis and theology)
  • Isaiah 40-55 (structure, exegesis and theology)
  • Ugaritic
    Genesis 2-3 (Adam and Eva in the OT and in Ugarit)
  • Layout in ancient biblical manuscripts (pericope)
  • Metaphors in the Hebrew Bible

Prof. dr. G. (Gert) Kwakkel

  • Prophecy and Prophetic Literature
  • Book of Hosea
  • Covenants

Prof. em. C.J. (Casper) Labuschagne

  • Numerical features and logotechnical analysis of the books of the Old Testament
  • Biblical Studies and Faith
  • Images of God in the Old Testament

Prof. B. (Bénédicte) Lemmelijn

  • Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible
  • Septuagint
  • Redactional criticism of the Pentateuch

Dr. P (Pieter) van der Lugt

  • Rhetorical structures in the Psalms, the Book of Job and Second Isaiah

Prof. em. J. (Johan) Lust

  • Septuagint studies
  • Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible
  • Book of Ezekiel

Dr. M.N. (Michaël) van der Meer

  • Textual history and redaction history of the books of the Hebrew Bible
  • Septuagint and younger Greek Jewish Bible translations
  • Biblical Qumran Scrolls
  • Book of Joshua
  • Book of Isaiah
  • The vocabulary of the ancient Greek Bible versions in the light of papyri findings

Dr. J.F. (Jurrien) Mol

  • Exegesis of the book of Ezekiel
  • Exegesis of the books of 1 & 2 Samuel

Prof. em. J.C. (Johannes) de Moor

  • Classical philology, mainly Hebrew and Ugaritic
  • Targums
  • Layout in manuscripts of the Bible and its significance for interpretation
  • Book of Micha (commentary in the series HCOT)

Prof. em. T. (Takamitsu) Muraoka

  • Semitic languages, mainly Hebrew and Aramaic
  • Linguistic features of the Septuagint
  • Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible

Dr. R. (Reinoud) Oosting

  • Translation techniques
  • Computer-Assisted Analysis of Old Testament Texts
  • Linguistic analysis
  • Valence Patterns

Dr. H.M. (Hector) Patmore

  • Reception history of the Hebrew Bible
  • Demonology
  • Aramaic texts and their transmission
  • Targums

Prof. M.J. (Mart-Jan) Paul

  • Pentateuch
  • Relation Israel and the Church

Prof. H.G.L. (Eric) Peels

  • Images of God in the Old Testament
  • Book of Jeremiah

Prof. W.Th. (Wido) van Peursen

  • Hebrew linguistics
  • Digital Humanities
  • Peshitta

Prof. M. (Mladen) Popovic

  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Scribal culture
  • Judaism in the Graeco-Roman period
  • Astrology and magic in the Graeco-Roman period

Dr. L.J. (Lénart) de Regt, HDR

  • Hebrew linguistics and text structure
  • Bible translation and its supervision

Dr. W.H. (Wolter) Rose

  • Semitic languages
  • Hebrew linguistics
  • Aramaic
  • Akkadian
  • History and culture of the ancient Near East

Prof. J.T.A.G.M. (Jacques) van Ruiten

  • Reception history of the Hebrew Bible
  • Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
  • Biblical poetry
  • Early Jewish literature
  • Book of Jubilees

Dr. P. (Paul) Sanders

  • Prayers of complaint and supplication in the Old Testament and ancient Near East
  • Poetical layout in ancient manuscripts of the Old Testament
  • Ugaritic
  • Hittite

Dr. A.M. (Anne-Mareike) Schol-Wetter

  • Gender, ethnicity and rituals
  • Books of Ruth, Esther and Judith
  • Metaphor theory
  • Social sciences and biblical studies
  • Exile
  • Violence in the Hebrew Bible
  • Embodiment in the Hebrew Bible
  • Biblical studies and the larger audience (primarily children)

Prof. em. K.A.D. (Klaas) Smelik

  • Books of Samuel-Kings
  • Book of Jeremiah
  • Hebrew Epigraphy
  • History of Ancient Israel
  • Historicity of the Hebrew Bible

Prof. K. (Klaas) Spronk

  • Contextual interpretation of the Bible
  • Theology of the Old Testament
  • Book of Judges

Dr. E. (Eveline) van Staalduine-Sulman

  • Books of 1-2 Samuel
  • Targum (in particular Targum Jonathan)
  • Reception history of Judaism
  • Reception history of evangelicalism

Prof. J. (Johannes) Taschner

  • Canonical exegesis
  • Jewish-Christian dialogue
  • Translation of the Bible

Dr. G.M.G. (Lieve) Teugels

  • Rabbinic literature
  • Midrash
  • Biblical Hebrew

Dr. E.W. (Evert) Tuinstra

  • Book of Proverbs

Prof. em. K.R. (Klaas) Veenhof

  • Study of the history, law, economy and society of ancient Mesopotamia
    Old Assyrian and Old Babylonian period

Dr. B. (Bertus) van ’t Veld

  • Book of Exodus
  • Transitoriness and resurrection in the Old Testament

Dr. A.J.C. (Arian) Verheij

  • Classical Hebrew

Dr. A. (Arie) Versluis

  • Book of Deuteronomy
  • God and violence in the Old Testament
  • Old Testament Ethics

Dr. J.C. (Cor) de Vos

  • Book of Joshua
  • Violence and the Old Testament
  • Land of Israel
  • Hermeneutics of the Bible and in the Bible

Dr. P. (Pieter) de Vries

  • Book of Ezekiel
  • Book of Leviticus
  • Prophets and prophecy
  • Covenant

Dr. K.J.H. (Karel) Vriezen

  • Archaeology of the Southern Levant

Prof. A.L.H.M. (Archibald) van Wieringen

  • Book of Isaiah
  • Prophetic literature
  • Biblical Theology
  • Text-communication
  • Implied author and readers

Dr. W.C.G. (Willien) van Wieringen

  • Biblical Theology
  • Bible translation
  • Feminist exegesis
  • Gender
  • Book of Judges

Areas of expertise (thematic)

Aramaic

  • Dineke Houtman
  • Johannes de Moor
  • Hector Patmore
  • Wolter Rose
  • Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman

Archeology and the land of Israel

  • Koert van Bekkum
  • Meindert Dijkstra
  • Gerrit van der Kooij
  • Cor de Vos
  • Karel Vriezen

Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context

  • Bob Becking
  • Meindert Dijkstra
  • Marjo Korpel
  • Johannes de Moor
  • Paul Sanders
  • Klaas Veenhof

Bible in modern literature

  • Panc Beentjes
  • Cornelis Houtman

Bible translation and translation techniques

  • Panc Beentjes
  • Janet Dyk
  • Matthijs de Jong
  • Reinoud Oosting
  • Lénart de Regt
  • Anne-Mareike Schol-Wetter
  • Johannes Taschner
  • Willien van Wieringen

Biblical Theology/ Theology of the Old Testament

  • Jaap Dekker
  • Joep Dubbink
  • Eric Peels
  • Paul Sanders
  • Klaas Spronk
  • Archibald van Wieringen
  • Willien van Wieringen

1-2 Chronicles

  • Panc Beentjes

Contextual interpretation

  • Anne-Mareike Schol-Wetter
  • Klaas Spronk

Deuteronomy

  • Hans Ausloos
  • Arie Versluis

Elephantine

  • Bob Becking

Epigraphy

  • Meindert Dijkstra
  • Klaas Smelik

Esther

  • Marjo Korpel
  • Anne-Mareike Schol-Wetter

Exodus

  • Ine van den Eynde
  • Bertus van ‘t Veld

Ezekiel

  • Johan Lust
  • Jurrien Mol
  • Pieter de Vries

Ezra-Nehemiah

  • Bob Becking
  • Joep Dubbink

Feminist exegesis

  • Ine van den Eynde
  • Willien van Wieringen

Gender

  • Anne-Mareike Schol-Wetter
  • Willien van Wieringen

Greek linguistics

  • Takamitsu Muraoka

Hebrew linguistics

  • Janet Dyk
  • Margaretha Folmer
  • Harm van Grol
  • Johannes de Moor
  • Takamitsu Muraoka
  • Wido van Peursen
  • Lénart de Regt
  • Wolter Rose
  • Lieve Teugels
  • Arian Verheij

History of ancient Israel

  • Koert van Bekkum
  • Klaas Smelik

Hosea

  • Gert Kwakkel

Hurrian

  • Meindert Dijkstra

Iconographic exegesis

  • Izaak de Hulster

Images of God

  • Casper Labuschagne
  • Eric Peels

Isaiah

  • Wim Beuken
  • Jaap Dekker
  • Izaak de Hulster
  • Marjo Korpel
  • Pieter van der Lugt
  • Michaël van der Meer
  • Archibald van Wieringen

Jeremiah

  • Joep Dubbink
  • Eric Peels
  • Klaas Smelik

Jewish-Christian dialogue

  • Dineke Houtman
  • Mart-Jan Paul
  • Johannes Taschner
  • Cor de Vos

Joshua

  • Koert van Bekkum
  • Marieke den Braber
  • Michaël van der Meer
  • Cor de Vos

Judaism in the Graeco-Roman World

  • Bärry Hartog
  • Jan Willem van Henten
  • Arie van der Kooij
  • Mladen Popovic
  • Jacques van Ruiten

Judith

  • Ine van den Eynde
  • Anne-Mareike Schol-Wetter

Judges

  • Koert van Bekkum
  • Marieke den Braber
  • Klaas Spronk
  • Willien van Wieringen

1-2 Kings

  • Koert van Bekkum
  • Klaas Smelik

Layout in ancient manuscripts (pericope)

  • Marjo Korpel
  • Johannes de Moor
  • Paul Sanders

Leviticus

  • Pieter de Vries

Literary analysis

  • Jan Fokkelman
  • Harm van Grol

Mesopotamia

  • Klaas Veenhof

Micah

  • Bob Becking
  • Johannes de Moor

Midrash

  • Lieve Teugels

Numerical analysis

  • Casper Labuschagne

Old Testament ethics

  • Arie Versluis

Pentateuch

  • Hans Ausloos
  • Koert van Bekkum
  • Marieke den Braber
  • Bénédicte Lemmelijn
  • Mart-Jan Paul

Persian Period

  • Bob Becking

Poetry in the Hebrew Bible

  • Wim Beuken
  • Jan Fokkelman
  • Harm van Grol
  • Izaak de Hulster
  • Marjo Korpel
  • Pieter van der Lugt
  • Johannes de Moor
  • Jacques van Ruiten
  • Paul Sanders

Prophetic literature

  • Joep Dubbink
  • Gert Kwakkel
  • Jacques van Ruiten
  • Pieter de Vries
  • Archibald van Wieringen

Proverbs

  • Evert Tuinstra
  • Pieter van der Lugt

Psalms

  • Wim Beuken
  • Harm van Grol
  • Gert Kwakkel
  • Paul Sanders
  • Pieter van der Lugt

Qumran and the Dead Sea scrolls

  • Bärry Hartog
  • Mladen Popovic
  • Michaël van der Meer

Rabbinical literature

  • Dineke Houtman
  • Lieve Teugels

Reception history

  • Jaap Dekker
  • Cornelis Houtman
  • Hector Patmore
  • Jacques van Ruiten

Redaction criticism

  • Bénédicte Lemmelijn
  • Michaël van der Meer

Ruth

  • Marjo Korpel
  • Anne-Mareike Schol-Wetter

1-2 Samuel

  • Koert van Bekkum
  • Jurrien Mol
  • Klaas Smelik
  • Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman

Scribal culture

  • Bärry Hartog
  • Arie van der Kooij
  • Mladen Popovic

Semitic languages

  • Meindert Dijkstra
  • Janet Dyk
  • Dineke Houtman
  • Marjo Korpel
  • Johannes de Moor
  • Wolter Rose
  • Paul Sanders
  • Klaas Veenhof

Septuagint

  • Hans Ausloos
  • Kees den Hertog
  • Arie van der Kooij
  • Bénédicte Lemmelijn
  • Johan Lust
  • Michaël van der Meer

Sirach (Ben Sira)

  • Panc Beentjes
  • Wido van Peursen

Song of Songs

  • Izaak de Hulster
  • Jacques van Ruiten

Syriac

  • Janet Dyk
  • Wido van Peursen

Targums

  • Dineke Houtman
  • Arie van der Kooij
  • Johannes de Moor
  • Hector Patmore
  • Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman

Textual history and textual criticism

  • Hans Ausloos
  • Kees den Hertog
  • Arie van der Kooij
  • Bénédicte Lemmelijn
  • Johan Lust
  • Michaël van der Meer
  • Takamitsu Muraoka

Ugaritic

  • Marjo Korpel
  • Johannes de Moor
  • Paul Sanders
  • Klaas Spronk

Violence and the Old Testament

  • Koert van Bekkum
  • Anne-Mareike Schol-Wetter
  • Eric Peels
  • Klaas Spronk
  • Arie Versluis
  • Cor de Vos

Wisdom literature

  • Panc Beentjes

Zecheriah

  • Joep Dubbink
  • Wolter Rose