Tom de Bruin is a Senior Lecturer in New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature at Newbold College of Higher Education (formerly independent researcher at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society). He is fascinated by early Christianity, especially as it can be located in its various contexts.
Early Christianity’s overlap with and differentiation from ancient Judaism is of particular interest to De Bruin. Currently De Bruin is particularly interested in applying critcal Fan Studies to the Gospel of Mark, in the New Testament, and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, a book commonly included in the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. De Bruin’s research has focussed on the satanology and demonology present in Early Christianity, as evidenced in the New Testament, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, and Apostolic Fathers.
Early Christian and ancient Judaist views of demons, Satan, and other forces of evil were the topic of his Ph.D. thesis: The Great Controversy: The Individual’s Struggle Between Good and Evil in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and in their Jewish and Christian Context. A revised version of this work was published by Vandenhoek & Ruprecht in 2015.
De Bruin is the treasurer of the British New Testament Society, and editor/webmaster of the European Adventist Society of Theology and Religious Studies. He was formerly a pastor and administrator for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- 2013 — Ph.D. New Testament and early Christian literature, Leiden University
- 2008 — M.A. Biblical Studies: New Testament (distinction), University of Wales Lampeter
- 2006 — Licence Theology, University of Wales Lampeter
- 2005 — Propedeuse Religious Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam
- 2004 — B.Sc. Computing Science, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
- 1979 — Born in Cape Town, South Africa
- ‘Unlearning and Relearning Sola Scriptura: Satan as a Case Study’, in Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda: Proceedings of the European Theology Teachers’ Convention Newbold College of Higher Education 25–28 March 2015, ed. by Jean-Claude Verrecchia (Newbold Academic Press, 2016)
- The Great Controversy: The Individual’s Struggle between Good and Evil in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and in Their Jewish and Christian Contexts, Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus, 106 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015)
- Ministry, Mission and Ordination (Grantham: Stanborough Press, 2015)
- ‘Chaos, Order & Revelation’, in Faith in Search of Depth and Relevancy: Festschrift in Honour of Dr Bertil Wiklander, ed. by Reinder Bruinsma (St Albans: Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists, 2015)
- Avontuurlijk Wandelen, Adventistische Perspectieven, 2 (Huis ter Heide: Kerkelijke Publicaties, 2014)