Rose PhD, W.H. (Wolter)

Hoofddocent semitische talen en culturen
  • Member of the Council of Members of the Dutch Bible Society
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Knowledge of the world of the Old Testament can help the contemporary reader see the surroundings in which the people of God lived (or should have lived) and the great effort that had to be made in order to keep confessing who they are. Reading the Old Testament in that way can hold a mirror to the contemporary reader’s eye and confront him or her with the question whether or not and to what extent modern day believers have adapted themselves to the culture surrounding them. Are they profiling themselves as a community with their own beliefs and values?

It was with these words that I, several years ago, drew the framework in which I want to teach about the languages and the world of the Old Testament.