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Benno Zuiddam



Disruption, inconvenient government decisions and God's purposes meet in the journey to Bethlehem



Latest publication

South African Journal of Art History SAJAH 29.2 (2014), p.1-17:

The Devil and his Works: the Owl in Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516)


God's priorities in the Gospel differ from Christianity today


Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif NGTT (Dutch Reformed TheologicalJournal, Stellenbosch University) 55. 1&2 (2014), p.489-508:

The Word as norm, the implication of oracle in 1 Peter 4:11

      Nderduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif


Address at Holy Trinity Utrecht (on 1 Corinthians 15):

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The city of Deventer was an important city in the fifteenth century. Men like Erasmus, Pope Adrianus IV, Geert Groote and Thomas a Kempis all received part of their education here.

Deventer from the IJssel river

Tower of Libaneus Church

Ceiling above choir, memento mori

Sky view

Medieval house

Famous Bergkwartier area, where anual Dickens & Victorian dress festival takes place

The island of Texel saw the start of many an historic journey. Many ships waited for a favourable wind in the sheltered Zuiderzee, south of Texel. In December 1651Johan van Riebeeck departed from Texel to found the Cape Colony in South Africa, while Abel Tasman also sailed from here to discover Van Diemen's Land, present day Tasmania, south of Australia.

View from Texel towards Terschelling

Historic town of Oudeschild, 17th century centre of pubs and brothels

The historic inn where many famous Dutch sea heroes took their lodgings while waiting for favourable winds

The Seamen's Church, Oudeschild. Commanders like Van Riebeeck, De Ruyter and Tasman set the example to attend church for worship on Sundays

The picturesque town of Oostende

Source of ironholding water, suitable to stay fresh until the Cape of Good Hope was reached

Nature reserve of the Slufter Valley



August 26 2014 saw the start of the second international conference of our patristic research centre (University Tilburgh/Free University Amsterdam). Later that week I spoke on the interrelation of divine revelation in Scripture and prayer in the early Church. Prayer was a response to what God had made known about himself in holy Writ.

Double click for link to article in Reformed Daily 

The introductory lecture by neuro expert professor Frans van der Meché was held in the old senate building near the Utrecht Dome Church which displays paintings of chancellors of the university since its beginnings in the early sixteen hundreds:

Academie gebouw Utrecht

Chancellors of the university of earlier days

Gisbertus Voetius, influential 17th century theologian

Professor Paul van Geest introduces speaker

Neuro scientist Prof Frans van der Meché


Some of my pictures from Texel 2014, where I spent the night in the same inn as the famous Dutch admiral Michiel Adriaansz. de Ruyter, who captured the Royal Charles and sailed to Chatham.



Short interview with Dutch Daily on MH17 disaster on Saturday 26 July 2014.



It is winter in Tasmania:

Great Lakes district, July 2014

Snow on the plateau, July 2014

Dreaming of a white Christmas...


On the second of June I had a special encounter with a possum in the Cataract Gorge area. Enjoy the beautiful Autumn colours.

Possum meets St Francis

Because you're mine, I walk the line...

Cataract Gorge in Autumn

Second Basin in Autumn

On the 30th of April we visited the Brickendon Estate, in Longford Tasmania. This is one of the older estates in the North, on the Norfolk Plains, which is remarkably still owned and run by the original family. It was built up with convict labour force, mostly men who were found guilty of theft or burglary in England and sent to Van Diemenland, in many cases serving life sentences. Click the image below to join me in a walk through the estate.

Smokehouse and William Archer's home (1824-29)

Point to ponder: 


Revelation 5: Countdown to new heaven and earth (mp3)

  Holy Trinity Launceston 


Latest articles in theological and classical journals

Early church fathers on death, eschatology and creation (Journal of Creation)

The Shock factor of Divine revelation: a philological approach to Daniel 8 and 9 

(Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament)

Remarkable life of M.C. Vos (In Luce Verbi)

Conceptual unity in Romans (Journal of Early Christian Studies)

Oracular terminology in Hebrews 5 (Scriptura)

New perspectives on Irenaeus (Ekkl. Pharos)

Early orthodoxy in Clement of Alexandria (Acta Patristica et Byz.)


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Newspaper articles

Can we hear God's voice today and receive prophetic messages? (article Dutch Daily) 

Zuiddam Member South African Academy for Science and  Arts (Dutch Daily)

Interview with Dutch newspaper on Eusebius (Reformed Daily)


Gorge, Launceston






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