Prof. Bert Jan Lietaert PeerbolteProfessor of New Testament; Head, Department of Texts and Traditions; President NOSTER – Dutch School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion

    Teaching Profile

    Undergraduate course in New Testament Greek and Textual Criticism, graduate courses on Apocalypticism and translation techniques in the history of the transmission of the Bible (MA level), NOSTER PhD seminar for the field of Biblical Studies (together with prof. Klaas Spronk).
    I teach Greek, New Testament textual criticism, and specialisation courses on the history of early Christianity and apocalyptic literature of early Judaism and early Christianity.

    Research Profile

    Prof. Lietaert Peerbolte focuses in his research two topics in particular. On the one hand, there is the development of Christianity, its ideas and forms, out of the context of Hellenistic Judaism. On the other hand, there is the transmission and modern reconstruction of the text of the New Testament (textual criticism). The apostle Paul is one of the main points of his attention, but recently emphasis has shifted towards an interdisciplinary approach of the shaping of Christian paideia in the first two centuries.
    Working on:
    – Apocalypticism and the Book of Revelation
    – Pauline Studies
    – Textual Criticism of the New Testament
    – Paideia and Early Christianity

    Selected Publications



    L.J. Lietaert Peerbolte, Paulus en de rest. Van farizeeër tot profeet van Jezus (Zoetermeer: Meinema).
    together with Severino Dianich, Fino agli estremi confini. La missione nella testimonianza biblica e nella fede cristiana (Torino: Società San Paolo, 2011).

    L.J. Lietaert Peerbolte, Paul the Missionary (CBET 34; Leuven, Parijs, Dudley MA: Peeters, 2003); (Italian version: Paolo il missionario, Torino 2006) 

    L.J. Lietaert Peerbolte, The Antecedents of Antichrist. A Traditio-Historical Study of the Earliest Christian Views on Eschatological Opponents (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 49; Leiden [etc.]: Brill, 1996).

    Selected Articles:

    An-Ting Yi, Jan Krans, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, ‘Prolegomena to Bentley’s Unfinished New Testament Project’, Novum Testamentum 62 (2020), 322=328.

    Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, ‘The Spirit of Holiness in Rom. 1:4’, in: G. van den Brink, E. van Staalduine-Sulman, M. Wisse (eds.), The Spirit is Moving: New Pathways in Pneumatology (Leiden etc: Brill, 2019), 36-51.

    David Hunter, Paul van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte (eds.), The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, 2018 (online)

    Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, ‘Protection against Evil: Jesus Christ as Shield and Buckler (Psalm 91)’, in: R. Zimmerman, S. Joubert (eds.), Biblical Ethics and Application: Purview, Validity, and relevance of Biblical Texts in Ethical Discourse (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017), 27-43.

    Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Leendert Groenendijk, ‘Family Discourse, Identity Formation, and the Education of Children in Earliest Christianity’, Annali di storia dell’esegesi 33 (2016), 129-149.

    Jan Krans, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, The Amsterdam Database of New Testament Conjectural Emendation:

    Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, ‘“Do Not Quench the Spirit!” The Discourse of the Holy Spirit in Earliest Christianity’, Hervormde Teologiese Studies 71 (2015), 9 pp. (online).

    With Leendert F. Groenendijk, ‘Family Discourse, Identity Formation, and the Education of Children in Earliest Christianity’, Annali di storia dell’esegesi 33/1 (2016), 129-149.

    Bart Kamphuis, Jan Krans, Silvia Castelli, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, ‘Sleepy Scribes and Clever Critics: A Classification of Conjectures on the Text of the New Testament’, Novum Testamentum 57 (2015), 72-90.

    Morality and Boundaries in Paul’, in: J. Kok, T. Nicklas, D.T. Roth, C.M. Hays (eds.), Sensitivity Towards Outsiders (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), 209-224. 

    Paul’s Rapture: 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 and the Language of the Mystics’, in: Frances Flannery, Colleen Shantz, Rodney A. Werline (eds.), Inquiry into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity (Experientia 1; Atlanta: SBL; Leiden etc.: Brill, 2008), 159-176. 

    Jewish Monotheism and Christian Origins’, in: Alberdina Houtman, Albert de Jong, Magda Misset-van de Weg (eds.), Empsychoi Logoi. Religious Innovations in Antiquity. Studies in Honour of Pieter Willem van der Horst (AJEC/AGAJU 73; Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008), 227-246 

    Paul and the Practice of Paideia’, in: Rieuwerd Buitenwerf, Harm W. Hollander, Johannes Tromp (eds.), Jesus, Paul, and Early Christianity. Studies in Honour of Henk Jan de Jonge (SNT 130; Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008), 261-280.



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