Arie Zwiep (2009) (FD).jpgDr Arie W. Zwiep

Associate Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics / Director of the Graduate School of Religion and Theology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculty of Religion and Theology
De Boelelaan 1105, room 2E-54
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands


My current research interests:

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 current (and perennial) dislikes:

Bureaucracy; sponsored (do ut des) research; management culture, the constant urge for immediate relevancy, a closed mind, serving Mammon, and the demise of independent academic scholarship … (libera nos a malo). See my blog… (in Dutch).

My self-profile and mission statement:

I like to see myself as firmly standing in the tradition of the Free University, that is, I consider my academic work as highly relevant for church and society (and, yes, perhaps even for eternity), but I try to do my work as independently from church and state as long as possible. My research agenda will therefore not be dictated by the short-term demands of religious and societal institutions but is led by the larger concerns of my own academic discipline, New Testament studies, of academic scholarship in general, and inspired by my basic Christian convictions and ideals. This is not always easy, it is often frustrated by the complexities of our university system and political climate, but, in the long run, I hope, this is the best way to survive the current demise of academic scholarship and of biblical studies in particular, and in the end, the best way to be of service to all.

Academic vita:

Born in Schiedam, the Netherlands (1964), I studied theology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Louvain, Belgium (lic. theol., 1987, doctoral studies, 1987-1990) and at the University of Durham, United Kingdom (PhD 1996). 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). My Durham doctoral dissertation was written under the supervision of prof. James D.G. Dunn on The Ascension of the Messiah in Lukan Christology and published by Brill in 1997. I was subsequently lecturer in New Testament and Hermeneutics at the Evangelische Theologische Hogeschool in Veenendaal (now Ede), where I was Dean of Studies and Vice-Director from 1998-2003, especially charged with curriculum development and quality assessment. Since March 2004 I teach New Testament and Hermeneutics at the VU University Amsterdam (see My Teaching and Supervision), where I also coordinated a master program initiated by the Center of Evangelical and Reformation Theology (CERT) from 2003-2006. From 1988 to 2003 I co-authored and co-edited the Dutch Studiebijbel, a 17-volume layman’s commentary series on the New Testament, based on the principles of Th. Gilbrant’s Studienbibel (Sweden), including a six-volume Greek-Dutch dictionary and concordance. From 2004-2012 I taught New Testament and Hermeneutics at the Ede Christian University of Applied Sciences (Christelijke Hogeschool Ede) and (from 2012-2015) also at the Protestantse Theologische Universiteit (locations Amsterdam and Utrecht). I was the initiator and Executive Editor of the first five volumes of the Amsterdam Studies in Theology and Religion (AmSTaR), published by VU University Press in cooperation with VISOR (2012-2018). In 2013, I completed my two-volume book on the history of biblical hermeneutics, Tussen tekst en lezer: Een historische inleiding in de bijbelse hermeneutiek. (For English readers: you can get an impression from (part two of) this work from my article published in Oda Wischmeyer’s Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken, see below). I am a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), member of the Editorial Board of New Testament Studies (term 2019-2021) and Kerk en Theologie, full member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the Studiosorum Novi Testamenti Conventus (SNTC), senior member of Noster (Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion) and some other professional societies and, last but not least, I was privileged to be Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the 70th General Meeting of SNTS 2015 Amsterdam in 2015. I am currently Directory of the Graduate School of Religion and Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

I. 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 + 454 pages.
  • Tussen tekst en lezer. Een historische inleiding in de bijbelse hermeneutiek, deel 2: van moderniteit naar postmoderniteit. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2013, derde druk 2018. xvii + 573pp. ISBN 9789086596850. More info and reviews.
  • 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. More info and reviews.
  • Tussen tekst en lezer. Een historische inleiding in de bijbelse hermeneutiek, deel 1: de vroege kerk-Schleiermacher. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2009, vierde druk 2017. xxiii + 453pp. ISBN 9789086593422. More info and reviews.
  • 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. More info and reviews.
  • Jezus en het heil van Israëls God: Verkenningen in het Nieuwe Testament EvangTh 5. Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum, 2003. 171pp. ISBN 90 2391360 4. More info and reviews.
  • The Ascension of the Messiah in Lukan Christology. NovTSup 87. Leiden: Brill, 1997. xiii + 291pp. ISBN 90 04 10897 1. More info and reviews.

II. Articles (selected)

See My scholarly articles.

III. Book Reviews

See my Book reviews / boekbesprekingen.

IV. Edited books and editorships (selected)

See my Edited books and editorships.

V. Blogs

VI. My Public Lectures, Conferences etc.

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VII. My Teaching Activities and PhD Supervision

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