Dr. William den Hollander
Professor of New Testament
B.A., York University, 2005
M.A., York University, 2006
M.Div., Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, 2016
Ph.D., York University/University of Toronto, 2012
Dr. den Hollander became the professor of New Testament in 2020, after serving as a pastor for close to four years in Langley, British Columbia. He completed a Ph.D. in the Collaborative Programme in Ancient History at York University and the University of Toronto, with a focus on the first century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, who is a significant witness to the world of the New Testament. For further details, see his profile on Academia.edu.
- From Hostage to Historian: Josephus, the Emperors, and the City of Rome. Ph.D. dissertation, York University, 2012.
- Do Not Hinder Them: Children and the Church. Edited by William den Hollander and G. H. Visscher. Hamilton: Lucerna CRTS Publications, 2019.
- Josephus, the Emperors, and the City of Rome: From Hostage to Historian. Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity 86. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Shortlisted for the X Premio Romanistico Internazionale Gérard Boulvert.
Articles and Essays
- "Reading through Ancient Eyes: Children, Households, and Baptism in the First-Century World,” in Do Not Hinder Them: Children and the Church. Hamilton: Ed. William den Hollander and Gerhard H. Visscher, 11-29. Hamilton: Lucerna CRTS Publications, 2019.
- “Dining with Dignity: Josephus’ Rhetorical Use of the Essene Common Meals,” in T & T Clark Handbook to Early Christian Meals in the Greco-Roman World. Ed. Soham Al-Suadi and Peter-Ben Smit, 19-30. Library of New Testament Studies. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2019.
- “A Plea to Read; or, The Story of a Boy, a Repairman, and the Truth,” Reformed Perspective 37.2 (2018), 24–7.
- “Historicus Practicus: John Calvin’s Use of Josephus in the Commentaries and Lectures,” Unio Cum Christo 2.1 (2016), 117–134.
- “Review: Vasily Rudich, Religious Dissent in the Roman Empire: Violence in Judaea at the Time of Nero. Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies. London; New York: Routledge, 2015." Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.11.39.
- “Jesus, Josephus, and the Fall of Jerusalem: On Doing History with Scripture,” Hervormde Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 71.1 (2015), Art. #2942, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2942.
- “Review: Acts of God in History: Studies Towards Recovering a Theological Historiography. Roland Deines, edited by Christoph Ochs and Peter Watts. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 317). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013." With P.H.R. van Houwelingen. Journal of European Theology 24.1 (2015), 90–91.
- “Josephus Reconsidered,” The Ancient Near East Today II.11 (Nov. 2014).
- “Review: The Jewish Revolt against Rome: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Edited by Mladen Popovic. (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 154). Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011.” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman Period 44.3 (2013), 436–7.
- “Don’t Waste This Crisis: Loving God and Your Neighbour during COVID-19.” Roaring 20s Reformed Young Adults. Langley, BC. April 8, 2020.
- “Real Christian Brotherhood.” Men of Integrity Annual Reformed Conference. Maple Ridge, BC. February 7–8, 2020.
- “Reading with Ancient Eyes: Children, Households, and Baptism in the First-Century World.” Annual Conference of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary: Children and the Church, Burlington, ON. January 18, 2019. Langley, BC. January 25, 2019.
- “Your Hope in Christ: The Foundation for Apologetics.” Ring Kring: Fraser Valley Young People’s League. Langley, BC. October 27, 2019.
- “Creating a Christ-Centred Culture at Church, Home, and School.” Canadian Reformed Teacher’s Association Principals’ Conference. Sumas, WA, USA. September 2019.
- “Who Do You Say I Am? (Matt. 16:15).” Summit Reformed Youth Conference. Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB. August 5–9, 2019.
- "Christian Friendship in a Fallen World.” Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church, Hamilton, ON. January 16, 2019.
- “Christian Friendship in a Fallen World.” May-long Fraser Valley Young People’s League Retreat. Camp Luther, Mission, BC. May 18–21, 2018.
- “A Plea to Read; or, The Story of a Boy, a Repairman, and the Truth.” Reformed Perspective Fundraising Dinner, Langley, BC. December 8, 2017.
- Response to Paul Spilsbury, “Josephus and the Afterlife of the Temple.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. November 19, 2016.
- Guest Lecturer for New Testament Backgrounds (NT 2205) at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, Hamilton, ON, 2016.
- “Finding God and Yourself in His-story.” Invited lectures at the Annual Retreat of the Reformed Bible College, Deroche, BC. September 1–4, 2015.
- “The Jewish Revolt of AD 66-73: Causes and Consequences.” Presentation to the Canadian Reformed Churches of Barrhead and Neerlandia, AB. August 9, 2015.
- “Jesus, Josephus, and the Fall of Jerusalem: On Doing History with Scripture.” Josephus Seminar: Impact of Destruction. Methodological Questions in the Study of Jewish and Christian Reactions to the Demolition of the Temple, Theological University Kampen, the Netherlands. September 23, 2014.
- Guest Lecturer for New Testament Backgrounds (NT 2205) at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, Hamilton, ON, 2013.
- (With Richard Aronson). “Planning a Graduate Conference in Ancient History/Classics: Strategies and Benefits.” Classical Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of Western Ontario. May 8, 2012.
- Response to Christopher B. Zeichmann, “‘Forgetting the Kindnesses Bestowed on Them’: The Death of Agrippa I and Patronage in Herodian and Roman Armies.” Toronto School of Theology Biblical Department Seminar. March 1, 2012.
- “A Journey through the Holy Land in Pictures: Jerusalem and the Temple.” Presentation to Credo Christian School, Woodbridge, ON. January 25, 2012.
- “A Journey through the Holy Land in Pictures: From Eilat to Mt. Hermon.” Presentation to Credo Christian School, Woodbridge, ON. January 23, 2012.
- “Flavius Josephus in Domitianic Rome: Imperial Client and Provincial Historian.” Work in Progress Seminar (ColPAH), University of Toronto. November 10, 2011.
- “Yosef ben Mattityahu in Neronian Rome.” Classical Association of Canada Annual Conference, Dalhousie University. May 11, 2011.
- “Threats to the Roman Peace: the Jewish Revolts.” Guest Lecture for Rome and Empire: War to Pax Romana” (HIST 3131), York University. March 7, 2011.
- “‘The Most Noted of all the Jews’: Josephus and the Judean Community in Rome.” Classical Association of Canada Annual Conference, Laval University. May 11, 2010 (shortlisted for Best Graduate Paper).
- “The Victorious Captive: Triumphal Symbolism and Roman Ideology in 2 Cor.2:14f.” Classical Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of British Columbia. May 14, 2009.
- “Slaves, Subjects or Citizens: The Nature of Empire in the Judaean War.” New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, York University. February 20, 2009.
- “The Roman Empire According to the Judaean War: Ordained but not Chosen.” Work in Progress Seminar (ColPAH), University of Toronto. January 29, 2009.
- “Reckless Youth in the Judaean War: A Josephan Appeal to a Roman Audience.” New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, York University. February 15, 2008.
- “The Christians (and Jews) of Rome: The Letter to the Romans and Beyond.” Presentation to Bethel Canadian Reformed Church, Richmond Hill, ON. September 5, 2007.
- “The Origins of the Patriarchs: From Ur of the Chaldeans to the Land of Canaan.” Presentation to Bethel Canadian Reformed Church, Richmond Hill, ON. January 22, 2007.