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The department of Religious Studies of the University of Amsterdam organises a symposium to honour Professor Jan Willem van Henten at the time of his retirement. Van Henten will hold his valedictory speech later the same day in the Aula.

Event details of Tyrants, Heroes, and Martyrs
Date 23 June 2022
Time 10:00 -15:45
Location Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis
Room VOC room

Attendance at the symposium is free of charge, but registration is necessary. Please register by sending an email to:


10.00-10.30: Doors open
10.30-10.45: Welcome and introduction
10.45-11.30: Athalya Brenner-Idan (University of Amsterdam/Tel Aviv University), "Sister Figures in the Hebrew Bible Revisited: Some Reflections"
11.30-12.15: Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottawa), "Martyrdom and the ‘Parting of the Ways"

12.15-13.30: lunch

13.30-14.15: Jeremy Punt (Stellenbosch University), "Paul, Politics, and Passions: Beyond Heroics"
14.15-15.00: Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam), "Professions for men. Scholars between hero worship and patricide"

15.00-15.45: Coffee and refreshments

After the symposium, the day will continue with Jan Willem van Henten’s valedictory lecture (Aula, Singel 411, Amsterdam)
16.30: Jan Willem van Henten (University of Amsterdam), "De Herodes de Grote van Abel J. Herzberg: een tragische koning"
The lecture will be followed by a reception at the same location.

This symposium is made possible with the financial support of the following institutions:

  • Department of History, European Studies, and Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam
  • NOSTER - Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion
  • Religious Studies Chair Group, University of Amsterdam
  • Centre for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam
  • ACASA - Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
  • AHM - Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture
Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis

Room VOC room

Kloveniersburgwal 48
1012 CX Amsterdam