Dr. T (Tom) de Bruin

  • Independent Researcher
  • Early Christianity
  • Pseudepigrapha
  • Ancient Judaism
  • New Testament
  • Demonology


Tom de Bruin is an independent researcher at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. He is primarily interested in early Christianity, especially as it can be located in its various contexts. Early Christianity’s overlap with and differentiation from ancient Judaism is of particular interest to De Bruin. Currently De Bruin is particularly interested in the Gospel of Mark, in the New Testament, and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, a book commonly included in the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. De Bruin’s research has focussed on the demonology present in Early Christianity, as evidenced in the New Testament, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and New Testament Apocrypha. Early Christian and ancient Judaist views of demons, Satan, and other forces of evil were the topic of his Ph.D. thesis: The Great Controversy: The Individual's Struggle Between Good and Evil in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and in their Jewish and Christian Context.
De Bruin has been a pastor and administrator for the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 2007, and maintains a Dutch and English language website on the intersection of early Christianity, theology, Christianity, and culture at tomdebruin.com.

Curriculum vitae

  • 2013 - Ph.D. New Testament and early Christian literature, Leiden University
  • 2008 - M.A. Biblical Studies: New Testament (distinction), Newbold College, University of Wales, Lampeter
  • 2006 - Licence Theology, Newbold College, University of Wales Lampeter
  • 2005 - Propedeuse Religious Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • 2004 - B.Sc. Computing Science, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • 30/10/1979 - Born in Cape Town, South Africa

Last Modified: 04-03-2015