AnneMarie Luijendijk

Head of First College
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AnneMarie Luijendijk is Head of First College, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity. She is a historian of early Christianity and a papyrologist.  Luijendijk studied at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and received her doctorate from Harvard Divinity School. She studies the social history of early Christianity. Her first book, Greetings in the Lord: Early Christians and the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (2008), narrates the lives of hitherto unknown Christians in the third and fourth centuries based on papyrus documents from an Egyptian city. In 2014 she published Forbidden Oracles? The Gospel of the Lots of Mary, a book about an ancient Egyptian miniature book with Christian oracular answers. She currently is working on a book called From Gospels to Garbage, about the owners and users of early Christian books and how these books may have ended up at the trash heaps. Her undergraduate courses include Introduction to the New Testament, The Apostle Paul in Text and Context (which travels to Greece in the semester break), and Early Christian Women.

Professor Luijendijk is happily married to Jan Willem van der Werff, and loves spending time with him and their four children, Kees (20), Erik (15), and twins Rosemarie and Annabel (7). She enjoys singing in a choir, walking, riding her (Dutch) bicycle, doing yoga, caring for her many houseplants, including papyrus plants, and flowers. She also likes to cook and talk and laugh with friends and especially enjoys getting to know the wonderful First College students, for instance with a cup of Tiger tea in her office, or sharing in meal in the Wilcox dining hall.