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PThU Academic Seminar: Theology of the land of Israel in biblical and contemporary perspective

Why is the land of Israel so special in Jewish and Christian Theology? What are the Biblical roots for this? How have interpretations of the role of the Land developed over time? Is there still any special importance to the land of Israel in modern Protestant thinking? In this seminar, international experts, PThU researchers, and PThU students will present and discuss about the role of the Land from various perspectives of the theological spectrum.

Special guest: Prof. David Frankel from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem

David Frankel teaches Hebrew Bible at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. He will be our research fellow in the month of December. Moreover, prof. Frankel will teach at the PThU from 9-13 december as Erasmus+ exchange professor. Professor Frankel is the author of The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel: Theologies of Territory in the Hebrew Bible (Eisenbraun, 2011).

Date and location

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time: 13:00 - 17:00 hrs

Venue: PThu Amsterdam, VU Building, Wing E1, Werkgroepzaal 2

Register via the form below.


13:00 hrs - Keynote lecture Prof.dr. David Frankel (Schechter Institute Jerusalem): "Is the Land of Israel Holy? From biblical beginnings to contemporary polemics" followed by discussion

13:45 hrs: Lecture Prof.dr. Ed Noort (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): "The whole land and one Torah. The vision of Joshua 8:30-35 in difficult times" followed by discussion

14:15 hrs: Lecture Prof.dr. Klaas Spronk (Protestantse Theologische Universiteit Amsterdam): "Theology of the land in the book of Judges?"

14:45 hrs: Text reading Dr. Lieve Teugels (Protestantse Theologische Universiteit Amsterdam): "A Rabbinic Parable on the Presence of the Shekhinah outside the Land of Israel"


15:15 hrs: Lecture Dr. Constanza Cordoni (University of Vienna/Utrecht University): "The siqariqon rule and the endeavor to keep the Land in Jewish hands" 

15:45 hrs: Lecture Jacob Schneider BA (Protestant Theological University Amsterdam): "Adequate and Comparative Reading of Dutch Protestant Texts about the Population Change of 1948" 

16:15 hrs: Lecture Dr. Gert van Klinken (Protestant Theological University Amsterdam): "Hans Bernath. A Swiss Protestant perspective on the land of Israel in Biblical and contemporary perspective (Nazareth, 1950-1970)”

16:45 hrs: Lecture Dr. Michaël N. van der Meer (Protestantse Theologische Universiteit Amsterdam): "The Return of the Land to Israel: Joshua-Isaiah-Josiah"

17:15 hrs: Drinks


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