When you take part in this MA programme, you will benefit from the expertise of the scholars in the Department of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins. The inclusion of all three traditions exemplifies the department's comparative perspective.
Both teaching and research focus on the formative stages of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, more specifically on their dynamic interrelationship in the context of ancient Near Eastern, Graeco-Roman and late antique cultures.
Lecturers and their expertise
All staff members bring their own research into teaching in order to prepare graduates for a career at the cutting edge of their chosen specialism.
- George van Kooten is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity. He specializes in Paul in his Hellenistic-Roman context and in Judaism of the Graeco-Roman period.
Steve Mason is Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Cultures. He specializes in the history and literature of the eastern Mediterranean under Roman rule, particularly of Roman Judaea.
Mladen Popović is Professor Old Testament and Early Judaism, with special attention to Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He directs the University’s Qumran Institute, an international hub for the study of the Scrolls and Jews in the Graeco-Roman World. From 2017 he is Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.
Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies. He specializes in alternative Christianities with a focus on the Nag Hammadi library and the Apocryphal Acts of Apostles.
Jacques van Ruiten is Professor of the Reception History of the Bible. He specializes in biblical interpretation, especially in the ancient world.
- Clare Wilde is Assistant Professor of Islamic Origins. She specializes in the Qur’ān in its historical context – particularly the Jews and Christians known to its first auditors.
All members of the Department deal with the sources of the three monotheistic religions in their historical, social, political, and literary contexts. While fully respecting the role of tradition in each case, we explore these original contexts for new insight. In this programme, we are particularly concerned with the actual relations of ancient Jews, Christians, and Muslims with others in their various environments, and when they were in positions of relative weakness or power.
The courses reflect our interdisciplinary approach: in our classes we work with literary, documentary, and epigraphic texts, alongside iconographical and archaeological sources from Near Eastern, Graeco-Roman and late antique cultural contexts.
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