Arie van der Kooij
Arie van der Kooij

Arie van der Kooij (born 1945, Ph.D. 1978) was full professor of Old Testament Studies – Exegesis, Literature of Ancient Israel, and Religion of Ancient Israel – in the Faculty of Theology at Leiden University, 1989–2010. He is currently professor emeritus at this University.

In the year of his retirement, 2010, he was offered a Festschrift, entitled: Isaiah in Context. Studies in Honour of Arie van der Kooij on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Ed. by Michaël N. van der Meer, Percy van Keulen, Wido van Peursen and Bas ter Haar Romeny (VTSup 138), Leiden, Brill, 2010. – The Preface to this volume contains a narrative version of his CV.

His fields and projects of research are:

  • Hebrew Bible narratives and prophecies in light of the Mesopotamian (Neo-Assyrian) history and literature
  • Textual History and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible/the Old Testament
  • The Isaiah Volume of the Biblia Hebraica Editio Quinta
  • Septuagint Studies, esp. of the Old Greek of Isaiah
  • Scholars, Scribes, and Translators in Ancient Judaism
  • Models of Leadership and the Constitution (Politeia) of the Jews in Early Judaism
  • Targum and Peshitta Studies