Dr Zuiddam matriculated at Farel College, Amersfoort. After completing studies in Journalism, he studied Theology and Classics at the universities of Kampen, Utrecht, Bloemfontein and Potchefstroom..

 In 2014 Professor Zuiddam was elected a member of the South African Academy of the Arts and Sciences. He has published in the fields of Church History, New Testament, Old Testament and Visual Arts.

His research focusses on divine communication, human experience of "the voice of God" in the history of Western civilisation, particularly in a Greco-Roman context.

Prof Zuiddam is associated with North West University (South Africa), Greenwich School of Theology (UK) and the Centre for Patristic Research (Netherlands).

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Theology and Classical studies

Prof Benno A. Zuiddam


A few personal words. I come from a family with roots in the Low Countries, my first known ancestor, Andries van Suytdam, was born in the 15 hundreds. Over the years different spellings of the surname Van Suytdam / Van Zuidam emerged, resulting in e.g. in Zuidam, Zuiddam, Suydam. My wider family was involved in the establishment of New Holland and the city of Nieuw Amsterdam (New York) in the 17thcentury. Others settled in South-Africa (mainlyNatal) andAustralia. Interestingly, one distant relative served with Napoleon and survived his campaign into Russia, while another familymember served under Wellington at Waterloo. My wife’s ancestors were among the earliest Dutch settlers when they joined the Cape Colonyof Jan van Riebeeck in the 17th century.


Van Suytdam

Family History