Author: Tom de Bruin

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Disability

I write a monthly article for Spectrum Magazine, an Adventist journal and website featuring Adventist and Christian viewpoints and news. This month I wrote some thoughts on the way the field of disability studies has informed biblical studies. I am by no means an expert on the topic (that honour goes to my friend Isaac […]

Positionality

I write a monthly article for Spectrum Magazine, an Adventist journal and website featuring Adventist and Christian viewpoints and news. This month I wrote on the concept of Positionality, which is basically the idea that everyone is positioned towards what they read and view: The idea behind it is simple: I am not neutral, and […]

The Haunting of Jesus: Reading Mark Through the Gothic Mode

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies just published my latest article on the Gospel of Mark. This article began way back in 2017, when I presented at a Halloween conference in Sheffield. I won the completely non-existent prize of best slide for my pigeon-attacking-Jesus-at-his-baptism photoshop. The article basically imagines what Mark would be if we […]

Nostalgia, novelty, and the subversion of authority in “The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs”

Fan Studies Journal Transformative Works and Cultures published a special issue on Fan Fiction and ancient scribal cultures. The entire edition is an amazing read, exploring ‘the potential of fan fiction as an interpretative model to study ancient religious texts.’ I wrote an article dealing with the way early Christians tried to write new things […]

Manifesting evil: Demons and physical monstrosity in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

Way back in 2012, before I had even finished my PhD, I wrote this article. Publication took a while, it was extremely similar to Vogon bureacracy: Anywho, here’s an article on Monster Theory applied to second century Christian demons. The Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha it in December 2019. Abstract The interplay between […]

Powers nor Mights

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 a recurring theological column, meant for the long-time readers. This article should match the theme of the edition. […]

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 […]

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