The BEST Method

An introduction in our view on the cooperation between Biblical Exegesis and Systematic Theology can be found in Arnold Huijgen, Koert van Bekkum, and Hans Burger, “Biblical Exegesis and Systematic Theology: Toward Mutual Benefit,” Journal of Reformed Theology 16 (2022) 173-193, doi:10.1163/15697312-bja10029.

Conference volumes

The core scholarly publications of BEST are the conference volumes of our biannual conferences. In these volumes, we discuss central theological themes related to our research programme. Until now, the following volumes have been published, while volumes about ‘The Logic and Nature of God’s Love’ and ‘Israel as Hermeneutical Challenge’ are in preparation.

Hans Burger, Gert Kwakkel, and Michael Mulder (eds.), Covenant: A Vital Element of Reformed Theology: Biblical, Historical and Systematic-Theological Perspectives, Studies in Reformed Theology 42 (Leiden: Brill, 2022). DOI: (open access).

Hans Burger, Arnold Huijgen, and Eric Peels (eds.), Sola Scriptura: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Scripture, Authority, and Hermeneutics, Studies in Reformed Theology 32, Leiden: Brill, 2017. DOI: (open access).

Koert van Bekkum and Jaap Dekker (eds.), Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World, Themes in Biblical Narrative, Jewish and Christian Traditions 21, Leiden: Brill, 2017. DOI:

Theological Blog in Daily Newspaper

Members of BEST give a theological perspective on current issues in a two-weekly blog on the website of the Dutch daily newspapers Nederlands Dagblad and Friesch Dagblad.

The contributions of the Theologenblog can be found online (in Dutch) at

Publications of Individual Members

Publications of individual members of the BEST research group can be found on the member pages of the Theological University of Apeldoorn and Utrecht. See the section on Members and Partners of BEST.