Albertus Klijn

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A. F. J. Klijn
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A. F. J. Klijn
Born 17 April 1923
Doorn, the Netherlands
Died 30 May 2012
Haren, North Brabant, the Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Fields New Testament
Early Christianity
Institutions Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Alma mater Utrecht University

Albertus Frederik Johannes Klijn (17 April 1923 - 30 May 2012) was a Dutch scholar of the New Testament and early Judaism and Christianity at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He was best known for his introductory work on the New Testament, and then later for his publications on early Christian apocryphal literature.

Klijn studied theology at Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, and submitted his doctoral dissertation in 1949 on the "Western" Text of the Gospels and Acts. In 1951 he became a Reformed pastor in Heinkenszand, Zeeland. Four years later he began teaching, returning to the University of Utrecht as a lecturer. In 1967 Klijn was appointed professor of early Christian literature and interpretation of the New Testament at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. It was at Groningen that he began to specialize in second-temple Jewish pseudepigrapha and in early Christian literature. Klijn was the editor of the series "De prediking van het Nieuwe Testament: Een theologische commentaar", to which he himself contributed volumes on the Pastoral Epistles (1994), the Epistle to the Hebrews (1975) and the Epistle to the Philippians (1974). Klijn retired from Groningen in 1986.

Select Publications[edit]

  • De apocriefen van het Nieuwe Testament: Buitenbijbelse evangeliën, handelingen, brieven en openbaringen (Kampen 2006)
  • The Acts of Thomas: Introduction, Text, and Commentary, 2nd, revised edition (Leiden 2003)
  • Het ontstaan van een nieuw testament (Baarn 1995)
  • Die Esra-Apokalypse (IV. Esra), nach dem lateinischen Text unter Benutzung der anderen Versionen (Berlin 1992)
  • Jewish-Christian Gospel Tradition (Leiden 1992)
  • with F. Leemhuis and G. J. H. van Gelder, The Arabic Text of the Apocalypse of Baruch: Edited and Translated with a Parallel Translation of the Syriac Text (Leiden 1986)
  • Apostolische vaders: Vertaald, ingeleid en toegelicht, 2 vols. (Kampen 1981-1983)
  • Der lateinische Text der Apokalypse des Esra (Berlin 1983)
  • Seth in Jewish, Christian and Gnostic Literature (Leiden 1977)
  • De wordingsgeschiedenis van het Nieuwe Testament, 4th, updated edition (Utrecht 1974) (English translation, An Introduction to the New Testament, Leiden 1980)
  • with G. J. Reinink, Patristic Evidence for Jewish-Christian Sects (Leiden 1973)
  • A Survey of the Researches into the Western Text of the Gospels and Acts, 2 vols. (Leiden 1969)
  • Edessa, de stad van de apostel Thomas: Het oudste Christendom in Syrië (Baarn 1962)

Festschriften[edit]

  • Tjitze Baarda (ed.), Text and Testimony: Essays on New Testament and Apocryphal Literature in Honour of A. F. J. Klijn (Kampen 1988)

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