Prof. emer. Dr. H.G.L. Peels

Prof. emer. Dr. H.G.L. Peels

Emeritus professor of Old Testament

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Short cv

H.G.L. (Eric) Peels was born in 1956 in Dordrecht. From 1974 to 1981 he studied theology at the Theological University of Apeldoorn and Akkadian at the Free University of Amsterdam. In 1982 he passed his doctoral-II exam at the TUA, subsequently he was pastor of the Christian Reformed church of  Zoetermeer from 1982-1986. From 1987-1992 he was senior lecturer in Old Testament  studies at the TUA, where he obtained his doctorate in 1992 with a dissertation on the vengeance of God in the Old Testament. In the same year he was appointed professor of  Old Testament by the General Synod of the Christian Reformed Churches. He has held this chair since 1993 through January 2023.

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  • Exegesis and theology of the Old Testament: the topic of the image of God
  • Prophet research: Jeremiah


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Scholarly functions

  • Research Associate of the Department of Old and New Testament Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • Member Board of Directors Greenwich School of Theology (United Kingdom, accredited by the Theological University of Apeldoorn)
  • Member FWO expert panel (Fund Scientific Research, Belgium)
  • Senior member of NOSTER (Dutch Research School of Theology and Religion)
  • Editorial Board of Theologia Reformata and Advisory Board of In die Skriflig, South-Africa
  • Member of the EABS (European Association of Biblical Studies), OTW (Old Testament Society in the Netherlands and Belgium), FAGAT (Facharbeitsgruppe Altes Testament, Germany), Tyndale Fellowship (Cambridge, United Kingdom), SBL (Society for Biblical Literature)
  • External advisor National Research Foundation (NRF), South-Africa
  • External reviewer Old Testament Essays, South-Africa, and Acta Teologica, South-Africa
  • President Board Henk de Jong-chair (Theological University Kampen | Utrecht)

Ecclesiastic and societal functions/activities

  • Ordained minister of the Christian Reformed Churches in the Netherlands
  • Member Advisory Board Forum-C; Board of References World Reformed Fellowship: Europe; Advisory Board IFES-Nederland; Member Advisory Board Instituut voor Cultuurethiek
  • Chairman department Apeldoorn of Ex Oriente Lux, Near Eastern – Egyptian Society
  • Member Review Committee NBV (Dutch New Bible Translation)