NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion

NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, formerly known as Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift (NTT), is a leading platform for academic debate in the fields of religion and theology. (NTT is published by Amsterdam University Press (AUP))


NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion


Aims and Scope


NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion has a broad scope and welcomes contributions from religious studies, theology, and a wide range of disciplines within the humanities and the social sciences which investigate religions and religious phenomena.

The journal regularly publishes special issues which discuss current topics in the study of religion. Recent special issues focussed on the study of religion today, freedom and servitude in Jewish and Christian Traditions, Paul Tillich: a theology for the 21st century, the contemplative turn in theology, and the future of religious studies and theology in the Netherlands.

Renowned scholars such as Gerd Theissen, Annette Merz, Kocku von Stuckrad, Birgit Meyer, David Chidester, Hans Alma, and Catherine Pickstock have recently contributed articles to this journal.



Editorial Board



Prof. Dr. Rick Benjamins, Systematic Theology, Protestant Theological University.



Managing Editor

Dr. Justine M. Bakker, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies




Dr. Matthijs den Dulk, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies RU – New Testament Studies 


Dr. Yaser Ellethy, Faculty of Theology VU – Islamic Studies


Dr. Eelco Glas, Department of History, Faculty of Arts RUG – Jewish Studies and Ancient History (Book Review Editor)


Dr. Bärry Hartog, Protestant Theological University – Jewish Studies


Prof. Dr. Christoph Jedan, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies RUG – Ethics


Prof. Dr. Jan Loffeld, School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University – Practical Theology


Dr. Mathilde van Dijk, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen 


Prof. Dr. Wido van Peursen, Faculty of Theology VU – Hebrew Bible Studies


Prof. Dr. Eric Venbrux, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies RU – Comparative Religious Studies


Dr. Paul Vermeer, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies RU – Social Studies



Editorial office

Dr. Justine Bakker, Department of Comparative Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen.


Dr. Eelco Glas, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, RUG




Peer Review Process


NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion (NTT JTSR) uses double-blind peer review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.



Preparing the Manuscript


The editorial board of NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion kindly asks you to observe the following textual and bibliographic rules based on The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition 2017. We invite articles in English, but also welcome articles in Dutch and German. Manuscripts that do not meet the necessary linguistic standards will be rejected. 



We publish high-quality research articles, that are still accessible to the larger community of researchers in theology and religious studies.

For this reason, we try to keep specialist abbreviations to a minimum. An article should not exceed 7000 words, including abstract and footnotes (but excluding the bibliography).


Research Note

A Research Note is a brief manuscript (circa 3-4000 words, but no more than 4.000) that presents research in progress, preliminary research results, or novel ideas related to existing research.

A Research Note should be theoretically well-founded and based on the analysis of data or relevant literature.

A Research Note is subject to a regular peer-review procedure, but considering the limited space of a Research Note originality is more important than a fully elaborated argumentation.

All manuscripts—article or research note— must include the following:

  1. An English abstract (approximately 100 words) with title. In case of a Dutch/German article, please add an English translation of the title to the abstract.
  2. Keywords
  3. If the article contains figure(s) or table(s), please attach them as separate file(s).
  4. Information about the author, depending on the language of the article [in English/Nederlands]. At the start of the article, following a blank line, please supply the following information:

[First name, last name]
[University or institutional connection]
if available [ORCID ID]



Style/Formatting Guidelines


NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion observes the citation style of “Notes and Bibliography”, ch. 14 in The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition 2017.

All bibliographical references are placed in the footnotes. First mention a source in full, thereafter in abbreviated form (see the examples below).

At the end of the article, an alphabetical bibliography is inserted. For more specifics, see The Chicago Manual of Style, section 14.65-71.
Website addresses are named in full, followed by date and time of last access.

Articles include the page numbers of the entire article as well as (if relevant) the specific page referred to. Please include the full title of journals, series, etc.


Footnotes and Bibliography

Beneath you will find examples of the most common footnotes and bibliography entries (based on The Chicago Manual of Style, section 14.23).

For exceptions, or further questions, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style, chapter 14.


Book with single author or editor

1. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), 99-100.
18. Pollan, Omnivore’s Dilemma, 3.

Entry in a bibliography:

Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.


Book with multiple authors or editors

1. Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 (New York: Knopf, 2007), 52.

Entry in a bibliography:
Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945. New York: Knopf, 2007.


1. Kathryn Sorrells and Sachi Sekimoto, eds., Globalizing Intercultural Communication: A Reader (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2015), xvi.

45. Sorrells and Sekimoto, Globalizing Intercultural Communication, xx-xxi.

Entry in a bibliography:

Sorrells, Kathryn, and Sachi Sekimoto, eds. Globalizing Intercultural Communication: A Reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2015.


For a book with four or more authors adapt as following, while listing all the authors in the bibliography entry.

1. Dana Barnes et al., Plastics: Essays on American Corporate Ascendance in the 1960s …

101. Barnes et al., Plastics …


Book with author plus editor or translator

1. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera, trans. [or ed.] Edith Grossman (London: Cape, 1988), 242–55.

18. Garcia Marquez, Cholera, 33.

Entry in a bibliography:

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Love in the Time of Cholera. Translated [or edited] by Edith Grossman. London: Cape, 1988.


Book with a non-English title
For titles in Dutch, German, French etc. we seek a capitalized sentence-style, see The Chicago Manual of Style, section 14.107. 

“In sentence-style capitalization only the first word in a title, the first word in a subtitle, and any proper names are capitalized.” (The Chicago Manual of Style, section 8.156).

1. Gerardus van der Leeuw, De phaenomenologie van den godsdienst (Haarlem: Bohn, 1948), 3.
18 . Van der Leeuw, De phaenomenologie, 48.


Chapter in an edited book

1. Glenn Gould, “Streisand as Schwarzkopf,” in The Glenn Gould Reader, ed. Tim Page (New York: Vintage, 1984), 310.
19. Gould, “Streisand as Schwarzkopf,” 309.
Entry in a bibliography:
Gould, Glenn. “Streisand as Schwarzkopf.” In The Glenn Gould Reader, edited by Tim Page, 308-11. New York: Vintage, 1984.


Journal article

1. Catherine Pickstock, “Senses of Sense,” NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion 73, no. 3 (October 2019): 141-167.
31. Pickstock, “Senses of Sense,” 160.
Entry in a bibliography:
Pickstock, Catherine. “Senses of Sense.” NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion 73, no. 3 (October 2019): 141-167.


Website (content)

2. “About Yale: Yale Facts,” Yale University, accessed May 1, 2017,
5. “Yale Facts.”
Entry in a bibliography:
Yale University. “About Yale: Yale Facts.” Accessed May 1, 2017.



The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is the journal’s standard for spelling, please be aware that any spell checker should be set to UK English.
Below you will find the most important stylistic and scholarly conventions that NTT JTSR upholds.

For exceptions on the matter of style, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style, chapters five to thirteen.

  • Sections and subsections are not numbered. Use brief titles for (sub)sections and only make use of a sentence-style capitalization.
  • We try to keep specialist abbreviations to a minimum, exceptions are for instance ‘Biblical abbreviations’ as suggested by The Chicago Manual of Style, section 10.44-10.48.
  • Please follow the SBL Handbook of Style for the spelling and abbreviation of antique sources that are not named in The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Abbreviations are only used in footnotes and in parentheses.
  • Book titles are italicized:The Varieties of Religious Experience.
  • Quotations are placed between double quotation marks.
  • Quotations within quotations have single quotation marks. 
  • A quotation exceeding four lines is formatted as indented quotation.
  • Periods and commas are placed inside closing quotation marks, (semi)colons are placed outside. For the specifics and other punctuation marks, see section 6.9.
  • Numbers from zero to nine are spelled as words, ten and above are written as numbers.
  • Words in Latin or other foreign languages are italicized, unless they are very common. Several foreign words in a row are treated as a quotation and placed between double quotation marks.
  • Please avoid hyphenation.
  • No space before/after a slash.
  • The article’s general text is formatted as followed: Times New Roman, size 11.
  • The article’s title is formatted in: Times New Roman, size 16, bold
  • Sections are formatted in: Times New Roman, size 12, bold.
  • Subsections are formatted. in: Times New Roman, size 11, italics.
  • Footnotes are formatted in: Times New Roman, size 8.
  • For Hebrew and Greek, please use SBL fonts ( Other non-Latin letters must be transcribed.



Open Access Policy


NTT Journal of Theology and the Study of Religion is published in Delayed Open Access. All articles are freely accessible after 2 years under the following Creative Commons license: Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).



Abstracting & Indexing


ATLA Religion Database
Religion Index One: Periodicals
Index to Book Reviews in Religion
Index theologicus
Index voor Nederlandse Theologische Tijdschriften
New Testament Abstracts
Old Testament Abstracts


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