Henk Jan de Jonge

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Henk Jan de Jonge (born 1943) is an author and professor emeritus of New Testament at Leiden University. He wrote on the history of early Christian traditions and specialized in the history of New Testament scholarship in the early modern period.

Academic Background[edit]

De Jonge, born in Leiden on 28 September 1943, read classics and theology at Leiden University (1961-1969).[1]. In 1967 he became research assistant in the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature of Leiden University, working under Professor Marinus de Jonge (not related) with the task of investigating the textual history of the early Christian Greek apocryphon Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs.[2] He succeeded in establishing the genealogy of all Greek manuscripts and ancient versions of this writing.[3] In 1969 he received an M.A. from Leiden University, majoring in Latin and minoring in Patristic and Byzantine Literature, and New Testament.

Career[edit]

In 1970, de Jonge became assistant professor of New Testament at the University of Amsterdam (1970-1984). In 1983 he took his Ph.D. at Leiden with a dissertation on Erasmus’ philological work on the New Testament.[4] He returned to Leiden as assistant professor of New Testament in 1985. From 1987 to 1991 he held an endowed chair for the history of New Testament interpretation.[5] In 1991 he became full Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature.[6][7] He was accorded emeritus status in 2006.

De Jonge served five years as Dean of the Faculty of Theology of Leiden University (1994-1996; 2002-2005)[8] In 2006 he was appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.[9] For the year 2012-2013, he was the President of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas[10] an international society of New Testament scholars.

Research[edit]

Topics on which de Jonge focused in his research include the origin of the belief in Jesus’ resurrection[11][12] the accounts of Jesus’ ascension,[13] and the earliest history of the eucharist.[14][15][16] Another recurrent theme in his research is Erasmus’ edition of the New Testament (1516),[17][18] which, as de Jonge argued repeatedly, Erasmus meant primarily as an edition of his revision of the Latin Vulgate.[19] The Greek text was added to support and justify the choices Erasmus made in the Latin version[20]

Selected editorships[edit]

· Novum Testamentum (1978-2007)[21]

· Monograph series ‘Supplements to Novum Testamentum’ (1978-2007)

· The series ‘Pseudepigrapha Veteris Testamenti Graece’ (1996-2015)

· Monograph series ‘Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha’ (1996-2015)

· Member of the editorial committee of the critical edition of Opera omnia Desiderii Erasmi (1977-)

· Co-editor of The Biblical Canons (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 163), Leuven 2003

· Supervisory editor of The Correspondence of Joseph Scaliger (ed. P. Botley and D. van Miert), Geneva 2012

Selected publications[edit]

‘Les origins historiques de l’attente du retour de Jésus’, Études théologiques et religieuses 74 (1999) 491-503

‘Visionary Experience and the Historical Origins of Christianity’, in R. Bieringer, et al.. (eds.), Resurrection in the New Testament (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 165; Leuven 2002), pp. 35-53

‘The Chronology of the Ascension Stories in Luke and Acts’, New Testament Studies 59 (2013) 151-171

‘The Origins of the Sunday Eucharist’, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 92 (2016) 549-579

‘Erasmus and the Comma Johanneum’, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 56 (1980) 381-389

Erasmi Roterodami Apologia respondens ad ea quae Iacobus Lopis Stunica taxaverat, Amsterdam 1983

‘Novum Testamentum a nobis versum: The Essence of Erasmus’ Edition of the New Testament’, The Journal of Theological Studies NS 35 (1984) 394-413

Erasmi Roterodami Apologia contra Caranzam et quattuor apologiae contra Stunicam, Leiden 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leidse Alumni Almanak 2001, Leiden 2001, p. 228
  2. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘Die Textüberlieferung der Testament der Zwölf Patriarchen’, Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaften 63 (1972) 27-44, see 27
  3. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘The Earliest Traceable Stage of the Textual Tradition of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs’, in M. de Jonge, Studies on the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs. Text and Interpretation, Leiden 1975, pp. 63-86
  4. ^ H.J. de Jonge, Desiderii Erasmi Roterodami Apologia respondens ad ea quae Stunica taxaverat, Amsterdam - Oxford 1983
  5. ^ Album Scholasticum academiae Lugduno-Batavae MCMLXXV - MCMLXXXIX, Leiden 1991, p. 83
  6. ^ W. van Amerongen, et al.. (eds.), Leidse Professoren, Leiden 2001, p. 178
  7. ^ A. van Ingen Scholten, et al.. (eds.), Leiden Professors and Their Fascination, Leiden 2005, pp. 240-241
  8. ^ Universiteitsgids 1996, Leiden 1996, p. 118.
  9. ^ NRC-Handelsblad, April 28, 2006, p. 10 and Trouw, April 29, 2006, Supplement, p. 6
  10. ^ M.C. de Boer, ‘Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. The Sixty-Seventh General Meeting 31 July - 4 August 2012’, New Testament Studies 59 (2013) 268-273, esp. 268
  11. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘Visionary Experience and the Historical Origins of Christianity’, in R. Bieringer, et al.. (eds.), Resurrection in the New Testament (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 165; Leuven 2002), pp. 35-53
  12. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘De opstanding van Jezus. De Joodse traditie achter een christelijke belijdenis’, in T. Baarda, et al.. (eds.), Jodendom en vroeg Christendom: continuïteit en discontinuïteit, Kampen 1991, pp. 47-61
  13. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘The Chronology of the Ascension Stories in Luke and Acts’, New Testament Studies 59 (2013) 151-171
  14. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘The Early History of the Lord's Supper’, in J.W. van Henten, et al. (eds.), Religious Identity and the Invention of Tradition, Assen 2001, pp. 209-237
  15. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘The Community Supper according to Paul and the Didache: Their Affinity and Historical Development’, in J. Krans, et al. (eds.), Paul, John, and Apocalyptic Eschatology, Leiden 2013, pp. 30-47
  16. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘The Origins of the Sunday Eucharist’, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 92 (2016) 549-579
  17. ^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘The Date and Purpose of Erasmus's Castigatio Novi Testamenti: A Note on the Origins of the Novum Instrumentum, in A.C. Dionisotti, et al. (eds.), The Uses of Greek and Latin. Historical Essays, London 1988, pp. 97-110
  18. '^ H.J. de Jonge, ‘Traditional Features in ErasmusNouum Instrumentum and the Order of the Writings of the New Testament’, in W. François, et al. (eds.), Authority Revisited: Towards Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516, Turnhout 2020, pp. 159-191
  19. ^ M. Vessey, ‘Basel 1514. Erasmus' Critical Turn’, in M. Walraff, et al. (eds), Basel 1516: Erasmus' Edition of the New Testament, Tübingen 2016, pp. 3-26, esp. p. 15
  20. ^ J.K. Elliott, ‘"Novum Testamentum editum est": The Five-Hundredth Anniversary of Erasmus's New Testament’, The Bible Translator 67 (2016) 9-28, esp. 13
  21. ^ C. Breytenbach, et al.., ‘Henk Jan de Jonge Turns 70’, Novum Testamentum 55 (2013) 416

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