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 critical Fan Studies to early Christian writings. 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
- “Manifesting Evil: Demons and Physical Monstrosity in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 29 (2019): 132–45.
- “Nostalgia, Novelty, and the Subversion of Authority in ‘The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.’” Transformative Works and Cultures 31 (2019).
- 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.