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Tom de Bruin

Senior Lecturer New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature

Tom de Bruin

BSc LicTheo MA PhD GradDip RelSt

A lecturer, pastor, ex-executive secretary, youth leader, computer scientist,  author, science fiction fan, reader, gamer, and occasional blogger.

Tom teaches all manner of classes on the New Testament: from learning to read it in Greek to using it to interpret contemporary films. As an experienced pastor, church planter and administrator he has excellent insight into the reality of ministry, the complexities of society, and how the Bible interacts with these.


Contact Information

Office hours: Appointments available by arrangement


Phone: +44 (0) 01344 07499


  • Classes I’ve taught

    BA in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

    • Introduction to Greek
    • Greek Texts and Gospels
    • Epistles in Context
    • New Testament Apocalyptic
    • Greek Language and Exegesis
    • Greek Texts and Epistles
    • Acts & Epistles
    • Foundations of Biblical Studies


    MA Theology

    • Ableism & Disability
    • Advanced Greek and New Testament Exegesis: The Catholic Epistles
    • Biblical Hermeneutics
    • Exegesis of Marriage Texts
    • New Testament and Second Temple Judaism
    • Reception of the Bible in Contemporary Culture


    DMin Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry (Andrews)

    • Modernism, Postmodernism and Metamodernism
  • Classes I'll teach

    • Exegesis of Marriage Texts (autumn)
    • Ableism & Disability (autumn)
    • Reception of the Bible in Contemporary Culture (spring)
    • Greek Reading (autumn & spring)
  • Seminars I deliver

    • Bible translation and Bible versions
    • The King James Version
    • Contemporary thinking (post-postmodernism), secularism and the church
    • Great Controversy themes in Judaism and Early Christianity
    • The Messiah
    • Social Justice and the Bible
    • Diversity and the Bible
  • Areas of expertise

    • Great Controversy in Judaism and early Christianity
    • Reception and use of the Bible in contemporary culture
    • Early Christian Literature
    • Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Studies
    • New Testament Greek
  • Research and publications


    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.


    “Joseph the Good and Delicate Man: Masculinity in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.” Lectio Difficilior (2020).

    “Seeing is Believing The Digital Bible and Bible Verses Online.” Spes Christiana 31.1 (2020): 123-152.

    “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).

    “Unlearning and Relearning Sola Scriptura: Satan as a Case Study.” Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda: Proceedings of the European Theology Teachers’ Convention Newbold College of Higher Education 25-28 March 2015. Edited by Jean-Claude Verrecchia. Newbold Academic Press, 2016.

    “Chaos, Order & Revelation.” Faith in Search of Depth and Relevancy: Festschrift in Honour of Dr Bertil Wiklander. Edited by Reinder Bruinsma. St Albans: Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists, 2014.


    Selected Pastoral Publications: Books

    Extreme Walking: Extrabiblical Books and the Bible. Cascade Books. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2018.

    Building Spiritual Homes: Living Our Values Together. St Albans: Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists, 2018.

    Doyouunderstandwhatyouarereading? Netherlands Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 2016.

    Ministry, Mission and Ordination. Grantham: Stanborough Press, 2015.

    Avontuurlijk Wandelen. Adventistische Perspectieven 2. Huis ter Heide: Kerkelijke Publicaties, 2014.



    “Meewaaien.” Contact 70, no 1 (2020): 14–15.

    “Niet om aan te zien.” Contact 69, no 4 (2019): 12–3.

    “Krachten noch machten.” Contact 69, no 3 (2019): 12–3.

    “Terug naar de tuin.” Contact 69, no 2 (2019): 12–3.

    “Verassing.” Contact 69, no 1 (2019): 12–4.

    “Living the Christian Life in an Alien Culture.” College and University Dialogue 29, no. 2 (2017): 30–32.

    “Facing Doubt: A Review.” Spectrum Magazine, August 16, 2016.

    “I Was a Refugee.” Spectrum Magazine, March 25, 2016.

    “How Forbidding Incest Ruined the Church Manual.” Adventist Today 23, no. 4, 2015.

    “That’s So Meta: The Post-Postmodern Church.” Adventist Today 23, no. 3, 2015.

    “Alles van waarde is weerloos.” Contact 65, no. 2 (2015): 16–17.

    “The Plucky Sabbath.” Spectrum Magazine, September 12, 2014.

    “Arming Ourselves for the Great Controversy.” Spectrum Magazine, November 16, 2012.

  • Other professional qualifications

    British New Testament Society

    Editor/Webmaster/Executive Committee Member
    European Adventist Society of Theological and Religious Studies

    Board Member
    Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap (Dutch Bible Society)

    Editorial Board Member, Columnist
    Netherlands Union Conference Contact Magazine