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Peter Joosse

Peter Joosse

Peter Joosse, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1960. Ph.D. from the VU University, Amsterdam. Research Fellow at the Department of Oriental Studies of the J.W. Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt.

Fellow (1 September 1997 – 30 June 1998)

Being a NIAS Fellow for the year 1997/98 offered me the opportunity to conduct research which would have otherwise been quite difficult to do, and to achieve results which could be realised only in such a setting. The most distinctive aspect of the year was the co-operation of our six-person Diatessaron group, each member of the team working in his own area of expertise. Three goals were achieved: First, a book, entitled “‘The Wedding at Cana’ (John 2:1 11) in the Diatessaron”, is nearly finished, and will be published by Peeters, in Louvain.

Second, most of the first five chapters of the Gospel of John have been converted into a computer readable form, having been excised from about 50 individual sources (including collations of about twenty manuscripts) in more than a dozen languages, ranging from Arabic and Armenian to Middle English and Italian vernacular.

Third, progress was made on various personal projects as well: while during the NIAS year my attention was drawn to the Arabic translation of the gospels by Isal. In the near future I hope to prepare a much needed critical edition of the Velasquez text. This edition will be of major importance for several fields of research (for instance New Testament and Arabic Studies).

While at NIAS I also finished an article on Bar Hebraeus’ Butyrum sapientiae, which will appear in a refereed journal. A book review for a Dutch journal was written in co-operation with Hette Bakker.