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Research Seminar Biblical Studies

0.25 EC 12 Mar 2019


Teaching staff: prof. dr. K. (Klaas) Spronk (PThU) and prof. dr. J.K. (Jürgen) Zangenberg (UL).
Course description: This ongoing seminar meets monthly and offers a forum to present and discuss the ReMA or PhD research projects of the participants. One part of each session is devoted to the discussion of work-in-progress. In the second part there is room for both theoretical/methodological reflection (e.g. discussing key articles) and all practicalities of doing ReMA or PhD research: mastering of sources, writing style, time management, etc. Last but certainly not least: the Research Seminar is a place where ReMA students and PhD candidates can share their experiences and support each other, for example during the coffee break, or in the ‘third half’ (lunch afterwards).
Course objectives: The course aims at supporting the participants during their PhD work by introducing them to the current theoretical and methodological debate and by developing their dissertation skills through dialogue and workshops.
Final qualifications:

  • The participant is able to participate in collegial discussions of ongoing work and to present and defend his or her own work in ways that meet academic standards.
  • The participant is able to assess and to discuss theoretical and methodical aspects of research in the field of Biblical Studies.

Required reading: Research papers of participants, selected readings concerning theory and methodology.
Assessment methods: Active participation, delivery of prepared critical comments, presentations, responses and discussions.
Teaching methods: Reading assignments, short lectures, presentations, responses and discussions.
Participation and registration: Once you have created a personal account on this website and have logged-in, you can register for this Research Seminar by clicking the green “Register for this item” button on the right. If you have participated in this Research Seminar in the previous academic year, please register again for the new academic year.
Costs: Participation is free for ReMA students and PhD candidates registered at NOSTER or at any other research school in the Humanities. For others, the fees are €125. For more information about membership and costs, click here (for ReMA students) or here (for PhD candidates).
Credits: 0.25 per meeting.
Place: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Credits and workload: 2.5 EC. There are 10 sessions per year. Preparation for and participation in each session takes c. 7 hours altogether. You will receive 0.25 EC for active participation in each session.
Course-specific admission requirements: The seminars are open to PhD candidates and ReMA students in Biblical Studies (including Early Christianity).


  • 21 Sep 2018 10:00 13:00
    Nijmegen, as part of the NOSTER Opening of the Academic Year. More information t.b.a.
  • 09 Oct 2018 14:00 16:30
    Leiden University, Wykplaats4/003b
  • 14 Nov 2018 14:00 16:30
    PThU Amsterdam, Werkgroepzaal 3
  • 05 Dec 2018 13:30 16:00
    Leiden University, Eyckhof 2/002
  • 08 Jan 2019 10:30 13:00
  • 12 Mar 2019 10:30 13:00
  • 09 Apr 2019 10:30 13:00


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan, Buitenveldert-West, Amsterdam, Nederland
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