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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

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

2017-2018: Member universitycouncil party Independents.

2016-now: 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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Research Output 2014 2019

De voetenwassing: Een ritueel met een serieuze boodschap

Stoutjesdijk, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Samen kerk. 44, 2, p. 24-25 2 p.

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Open Access

Een allegorische lezing van de Parabel van de Vijgenboom (Lukas 13:6-9)

Stoutjesdijk, M., 22 Mar 2019

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Open Access

Judaism, Slavery and Commemorative Ritual in the Netherlands: From Seder Meal to Keti Koti

Stoutjesdijk, M., Jul 2019, In : NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion. 73, 2, p. 65-85 21 p., 1.

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The Netherlands

Activities 2015 2019

Van Jodensavanne tot Sri Ram: Jodendom, Hindoeïsme en de Nederlandse kolonie Suriname

M.J. Stoutjesdijk (Speaker), Deborah de Koning (Speaker)
16 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Nacht van het Jodendom

M.J. Stoutjesdijk (Organiser)
7 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a workshop, seminar, course etc.Popular

Selling and Buying Slaves in Early Christian and Early Rabbinic Parables

M.J. Stoutjesdijk (Speaker)
15 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

The Slavery Metaphor as Powerful Thinking Tool: Slavery Parables in Early Christianity and Early Rabbinic Judaism

Martijn Stoutjesdijk (Speaker)
26 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Parables and Fables in the Graeco-Roman World

M.J. Stoutjesdijk (Organiser), Jonathan Pater (Organiser), Albertina Oegema (Organiser)
13 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceScientific

Press / Media

Waarom deelt Sinterklaas elk jaar weer chocoladegeld uit?

Martijn Stoutjesdijk


1 media contribution

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Waarom wast de paus de voeten van vluchtelingen?

Martijn Stoutjesdijk


1 media contribution

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Beeld Peerke Donders toont juist christelijke waarden

Martijn Stoutjesdijk


1 media contribution

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Grote zorgen om 'jihadbruiden' uit Gouda

Martijn Stoutjesdijk


1 media contribution

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