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About Oliver Glanz

Oliver Glanz studied both theology (Bogenhofen, Erlangen, Leiden, Amsterdam) and philosophy (Amsterdam). His graduate studies in theology focused on Bible translation. His thesis "Genus-, Numerus- und Personawechsel in Jeremiah 1-25: Der Versuch einer Untersuchung der Effekte von Redeausrichtungswechseln im Kommunikationsverlauf" was defended successfully in 2004 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and awarded with the distinction summa cum laude. In 2006 Glanz graduated with an MA in Christian Studies on Science and Society from the VU faculty of philosophy. In his philosophical studies he concentrated on the hermeneutical dimensions of Herman Dooyweerd's philosophy and Fernando Canale's theological deconstruction. The title of his MA thesis was "Time, Reason and Religious Belief: A limited Comparison, critical Assessment, and further Development of Herman Dooyeweerd’s structural analysis of Theoretical Thought and Fernando Canale’s phenomenological analysis of the Structure of Reason and its Biblical Interpretation." Glanz' interest in hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible resulted in a critical investigation of exegetical methodology and its consequences for a proper analysis of participant reference shifts in the book of Jeremiah (PhD research). In 2010 his PhD thesis "Who is speaking? Who is addressed?: A critical study into the conditions of exegetical method and its consequences for the interpretation of participant reference-shifts in the book of Jeremiah" was defended with success and awarded with the distinction summa cum laude.
Oliver Glanz is part of the ETCBC research team in Amsterdam and working for the "Bridging Data and Tradition: The Hebrew Bible as a Linguistic Corpus and as a Literary Composition" project. The project is funded by the Netherland’s Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and executed as a joint project of the Leiden Institute for Religious Studies and the Amsterdam ETCBC group. The main focus of this project lays on computer driven valence analysis and participant tracking. The research results are brought into a critical dialogue with traditional interpretations of the Hebrew Bible. Formerly (2005-2009), Glanz worked for the "Linguistic System and Literary Design: Computer-assisted analysis of non-narrative Texts of the Hebrew Bible" research project, which was also funded by NWO. It focused on computer assisted text-syntactical analysis of the Hebrew Old Testament. Glanz concentrated on delivering a text-syntactical analysis of the book of Jeremiah. His analysis was made part of the ETCBC data that was implemented in the third version of the Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible (SESB) and is available in many LOGOS packages.
Oliver has worked as assistant professor and post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and published books and articles in the fields of mission, linguistics, philosophy and biblical scholarship. Currently he is writing the commentary volume on the book of Jeremiah for the new SDA International Bible Commentary.


Present Associate Professor of Old Testament, Andrews University Old Testament Department
Present Co-Editor, Andrews University Andrews University Seminary Studies


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MTh, Vrije Universiteit
BTh, Theologisches Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen
MA in Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit
PhD, Vrije Universiteit

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