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Royal Decoration for Ed Noort

12 June 2009

Prof. Ed Noort has been awarded a Royal Decoration on Thursday 11 June 2009, on the recommendation of the University of Groningen. The decoration has been awarded after his valedictory lecture, entitled ‘Over schepping gesproken’ [Talking about creation. Noort has been professor of Israelite Literature, Explaining the Old Testament, the History of Israelite Religion and Intertestamentary Literature at the University of Groningen since 1993. He is one of the most authoritative Old Testament scholars in the world. Noort has been made a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
Ed Noort (Haarlem, 1944) is one of the most prominent representatives of the Dutch and German tradition in the academic study of the Old Testament and is generally regarded as the expert on the Book of Joshua. Noort studied at the VU University Amsterdam and the Universities of Kampen and Göttingen, was a professor at the Universities of Kampen and Hamburg, and is extremely well-versed on the interface of German and Dutch religious studies.

On the basis of his interdisciplinary study of the Book of Joshua he was asked to discuss this bible book in the renowned ‘Biblischer Kommentar’ series. Together with the 21 preliminary studies it was based upon and a large number of outstanding articles on other Old Testament manuscripts, he has proved himself beyond doubt as one of the world’s top experts on the Old Testament.
Noort’s scholarly work is truly far-reaching, with four monographs and over a hundred academic articles. Given the exceptional quality of his contributions, it’s no wonder that in 1998 he was appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, was offered a guest professorship at Princeton University (1998), has been a research fellow of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton since 2003, and since 2006 honorary professor at Stellenbosch University.
As a result of his reputation the world over, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences appointed him Foreign Secretary on 1 May 2008, an extremely honourable position that also makes him a member of the executive board of the Academy. Thanks to his international influence, he was able to bring the 2004 international conference of the American Society of Biblical Literature to Groningen. Perhaps an even greater international recognition of his academic status is his appointment as president of the Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniensis for 2010 by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université Catholique Louvain, a conference that convenes all the Old Testament scholars in the world and of which one may only be president once.
Although Noort may have devoted himself in exemplary fashion to academia, he has also remained a vicar for the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Since 1997 he has been linked to the Protestant congregation of Hoogezand-Sappemeer. In that capacity, he is also involved in the post-academic training of vicars in the northern provinces. This strengthens the regional embedding of the University of Groningen and creates an important interplay between the University and target groups in society.
In addition, Noort has also displayed an extraordinary sense of responsibility and social engagement by working hard for the development of religious studies at Eastern and Central European universities after the revolution in 1989.
With his enthusiasm and boundless involvement, he is an shining example to everyone within and outside the university community.

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