Prof. dr. A. (Arie) van der Kooij (Emeritus)

Position:
  • Professor Emeritus
Expertise:
  • Old Testament Exegesis
  • Textual Criticism of the O.T.
  • The Ancient Versions of the O.T.


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: a.van.der.kooij@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, LUCSoR
Office Address: GEEN VERZENDING, IN- OF EXTERN




Fields of interest

The Old Testament in its Near Eastern Setting; Septuagint and other ancient versions of the O.T.; Textual History and Reception History of the O.T.

My inspiration

The topic of my research and education is the Old Testament: the bible of Judaism and part of the Christian bible. I find it fascinating to study this literary and religious inheritance in the context of contemporaneous cultures: Mesopotamia and Egypt. It is most interesting to find out, from extant literature and its translations, how a politically and economically insignificant people (Israel) kept its spiritual independence in times of oppression and misery. This is even more intruiging, if you take into account that to this day, the literature of Judaism and Christianity, still inspires myriads.

 
Last Modified: 11-12-2015