Dr. Jessica I. O. van 't Westeinde


2011 Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium
2012 Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium
2016 PhD in History of Religion, Durham University, UK
Seit Okt. 2016 Teach @ Tübingen Post-doctoral Research Fellow



  • T@T Post-doctoral Research Scholarship, Tübingen Exzellenzinitiative 
  • Aarhus AUFF Visiting Scholarship, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities PGR Research Support Award, Durham University, UK



  • “Liberating Levi: a cultural evolutionary approach to Aramaic and Greek Levi beyond denominational essentialism,” in J. Cahana (ed.), We and They. Decolonizing Greco-Roman and Biblical Antiquities (forthcoming)
  • ‘Sacerdotalisation and early Jewish mystical elements in the Greek Testament of Levi’, in Les écrits mystiques des Hekhalot et la ‘sacerdotalisation’ dans le judaïsme ancient, Colloque international à l’Université de Lausanne du 26 au 28 octobre 2015, eds. David Hamidovic (Université de Lausanne), Simon C. Mimouni (EPHE, Paris) and Louis Painchaud (Université Laval, Québec), Collection « Judaïsme antique et origines du christianisme », Brepols (Turnhout) (submitted)
  • ‘geopfert in sînem tempel- Sacrificed in his Temple (Mal. 3:1-2) in Eckhart’, Eckhart: Texts and Studies (forthcoming)
  • ‘Jerome and the Christianus perfectus: a transformed Roman noble man?’, Studia Patristica (2017) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Teach and Transform: education and (re)constructing identity in Jerome’s letters’, Studia Patristica 74 (2016)
  • ‘Questioning Authority: Christian education leading to lay participation in doctrinal debates’, in Tradition and Transformation: Dissent and Consent in the Mediterranean. Third CEMS International Graduate Conference, ed. Mitrea Mihail (Kiel: Solivagus Verlag, 2016), 92-114



  • Jewish Diaspora Identity in the Roman Empire after Bar Kokhba
  • Testament of Levi
  • The beginnings of Jewish Mysticism and Hekhalot literature
  • Cognitive approaches to early Jewish Mysticism
  • Roman aristocracy, patronage, and individual religious agenc
  • Individuality, social networks, and formation of religious groups in late antiquity
  • Religion in the later Roman Empire
  • Johannes Munck



  • European Association for Jewish Studies
  • Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East