Blogs

I Was a Refugee

I'm from a family of refugees. My father fled cold, post-war Holland for the promise of a better future in South Africa. My grandmother’s family is descended from the Huguenots, who fled to Holland centuries ago. On my mother’s side we are Afrikaners. In the seventeenth century we fled from Holland to Cape Town, and later we fled from the British into the interior of Africa. I, myself, am an economic refugee. I fled to Holland with my parents when I was twelve, just a year after the fall of apartheid. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
Nederlands

The Bible’s Language

The Dutch Adventist Church creates a magazine, Contact, that goes to about 3000 people who are interested in the Bible. As some of these people have been receiving this magazine for quite a few years, the editors wanted to have arecurring theological column, meant for the long-time readers. This article should match the theme of the edition. The editors asked me to write this column. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
Nederlands

Staying in the Sadle

The Dutch Adventist Church creates a magazine, Contact, that goes to about 3000 people who are interested in the Bible. As some of these people have been receiving this magazine for quite a few years, the editors wanted to have arecurring theological column, meant for the long-time readers. This article should match the theme of the edition. The editors asked me to write this column. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
Popular

Living as an Alien

Last year the editors of Dialogue, a world-wide Adventist publication for college and university students, asked me to write an article on ‘Living the Christian Life in an Alien Culture.’ This topic might not have been my first choice, but as I was teaching a post-graduate module on 1 Peter, I saw some interesting exegetical opportunities. Many argue that race, nationality and alienness play a large role in 1 Peter and its message to its audience—see, e.g., David Horrell(more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
Nederlands

Numbers in the Bible

The Dutch Adventist Church creates a magazine, Contact, that goes to about 3000 people who are interested in the Bible. As some of these people have been receiving this magazine for quite a few years, the editors wanted to have arecurring theological column, meant for the long-time readers. This article should match the theme of the edition. The editors asked me to write this column. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
Speeches

Monstrous Revolutions and the Coming Winter

This may be the weirdest thing I've ever done. I was asked to give the keynote at GAiN, with the topic: ’Re:formation, Re:volution.’ Thinking outside the box, I decided to talk about Luther’s Mönchkalb and papal-ass, and about Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Blending Monster Theory and Ecclesiology, accompanied with some close readings of Mr. Fox, I drew some—hopefully interesting—applications for the contemporary Adventist church. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
Nederlands

God’s Saving Fire

The Dutch Adventist Church creates a magazine, Contact, that goes to about 3000 people who are interested in the Bible. As some of these people have been receiving this magazine for quite a few years, the editors wanted to have arecurring theological column, meant for the long-time readers. This article should match the theme of the edition. The editors asked me to write this column. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
Blogs

Textual Criticism or What Works?

Recently, an article by on the Guardian popped up on my facebook newsfeed, entitled Cloud Atlas ‘astonishingly different’ in US and UK editions. Just beneath that you could read ‘Academic discovers dramatically altered stretches of narrative while researching a paper on David Mitchell’s bestselling novel’. This immediately drew my attention as it is something close to what we study in biblical studies. (more…)

By admin, ago
Popular

Doyouunderstandwhatyouarereading?

Earlier this year, the Dutch Adventist church asked me to write a short booklet on biblical hermeneutics in Dutch. It was meant to be about 6000 words, easy to understand for any member, that will be distributed in Holland: one for each household. The timeframe was ridiculously short: writing, designing, printing and distributing within three weeks! But, we made the deadline (with thanks to my team of editors and designers) and the booklet was distributed at the Union Session on January 31. A couple of months later the booklet is also available in English. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago