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Research interests

I am working on the NWO-project 'Slavery in Jewish and Christian Parables'. This project answers the questions of how Jewish and Christian parables depict and evaluate slavery and what semantic meanings are attached to the images of slave and master. In her ground-breaking work on Jewish slavery (C. Hezser, Jewish Slavery in Antiquity, Oxford: University Press, 2004), Catherine Hezser notices the need for a systematic study of Rabbinic parables on slavery. This research will partly fill this gap by comparing Rabbinic parables with New Testament parables within the perspective of the Jewish-Christian schism. The main question of this project is: How do Rabbinic and Christian parables respectively construe slavery and slave-master relations? One hypothesis we want to test here is that the reality of slavery seems to be taken for granted in the parables.


Academic affiliations

2020-now: Policy officer University Center for Chaplaincy Studies (UCGV)

2018-2019: Vice-president/member PNN, PhD Network of the Netherlands.

2017-2018: Member universitycouncil party Independents.

2016-2020: Managing editor NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion.

2016-2019: Assistant program leader 'Initiation and Mystagogy in the Christian Tradition'.

2016-2019: President and co-founder Jonge Judaici.

2015-2018: Member Tilburg PhD Platform (TiPP), as representative of the TST.

2015-2017: President PhD Council Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (TST).

2015-2017: Member PhD Council Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER)

2015-2017: Secretary MAISAALU (Master International Studies Alumni Association Leiden University)

Member of EABS, WUJS, NOSTER, Vereniging Hebreeuws and SNTC.

External positions

Member City Council (Gemeenteraad)

29 Mar 201831 Mar 2022


  • Slavery
  • Parables
  • Early Rabbinic Judaisim
  • Early Christianity


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