Amsterdam Centre for Religious History

Welcome to the website of the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History. ACRH unites a large number of scholars and students, affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, especially the faculties of Humanities and Theology. They are working in several fields of the history of religion in the world, including the thematic subsections featured above. On this website you can find out about the activities, research projects, (under)graduate courses, and publications. ACRH organises an open research seminar every first week of the month on Tuesdays, 15.30-17.00 hrs.

Upcoming Events & Seminars

Seminar
01 March 2019

De Allesomvattende Onderwijsleer van Comenius

Symposium over de Allesomvattende Onderwijsleer van Jan Amos Comenius n.a.v. de nieuwe editie, bezorgd door prof. dr. H.E.S. Woldring Organisatie: Comeniusmuseum, Vrije Universiteit afdeling Pedagogische Wetenschappen, BNVGOO Sprekers: Luc Panhuysen, Willem Koops, Henri Krop, John Exalto, Henk Woldring
Amsterdam
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Seminar
05 March 2019

ACRH Seminar: #metoo in the Bible (Faustina Doufikar-Aerts)

ACRH Seminar, 15.30-17.00 uur, ZAAL 14A40 The Biblical Story of Susanna and the Elders or ‘the virtuous lady motif’ has always appealed to the imagination of audiences. It was portrayed in Roman catacombs, in medieval illuminated Bibles and became popular in the representations of painters like Rembrandt, Tintoretto, and Van Orley. It inspired baroque composers like Händel. In the past century research and criticism – predominantly from the field of theology, literature and gender studies – highlighted the origin and relationship of the Susanna story in the Septuagint and Theodotion. So far, little attention has been paid to other testimonies of ‘Susanna’ in a non-biblical context, as preserved in the traditions of the Samaritans, Shi’ite and Sunnite Muslims, Copts and Ethiopian Jews, which were handed down in Arabic, Persian and Ge‘ez. On the one hand the novelistic character of the Susanna story reveals that the conditions – such as dramatic turns and an appealing plot – are essential for the heroine’s survival, literally as well as literarily. The role of Daniel and the subtle, but spectacular dénouement, which complies with the Aristotelian anagnorisis, shows how the name of a tree can make the difference of a life! On the other hand, what does ‘Susanna’ expose us in the light of #Metoo in retrospective?
Amsterdam
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