Henk de Jonge
Professor emeritus of Biblical Studies
Prof. dr. H.J. (Henk) de Jonge (Emeritus) is retired associated member of LUCSoR.
Fields of interest
Bible, Biblical exegesis, New Testament, Jesus Christ, early Christian literature.
The origin of Christianity is an intriguing, but curious phenomenon. A traveling preacher from Galilee announces the dawn of a new world and urges his contemporaries to accept the moral consequences. People listen. He himself is seen as the beginning of a new era. His vision and person soon inspired new convictions: he rose from the grave; his death and rise bring God's blessing for those who put their trust in it, not temporarily, but for all eternity; and he will come back soon. A new religion is born. Can we understand this process with usual tools of critical, historical studies? I have always wanted to know the answer to this question. The answer is yes, and I am more than willing to explain.
My research is concerned with the origin and the development of cultic congregation in early Christianity.
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