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Karel van der Toorn (born 8 March 1956 in The Hague)[1] is a Dutch scholar of ancient religions. From 2006 to 2011 he was chairman of the Board at the University of Amsterdam, where he was a professor since 1988 and until he became the chairman of the Board.[citation needed]

Van der Toorn previously taught at the Utrecht University and the Leiden University. In 2012 he was made a Commander of the French National Order of Merit.[2]


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  • Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible. Cambridge, Mass., 2007, Harvard University Press ISBN 978-0-674-03254-5