Kees den Biesen

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Kees den Biesen

Kees den Biesen (Maastricht, 1959) is an independent scholar and teacher in Christian literature, philosophy and theology.

He specialized in the literature of the ancient Christian Middle East, the architectural theory of Hans van der Laan OSB, and in the poetry and symbolic thought of Ephrem the Syrian and Dante Alighieri.

His main interest is the interaction between art, intellect and religion. He has extensive experience in unlocking poetical lyrics for contemporary readers and lectures regularly on topics that range from Coptic monasticism to Syriac mysticism, from Ephrem’s Teaching Songs on Paradise to Dante’s Divine Commedy, and from Cézanne’s theory of painting to Ricoeur’s and Gadamer’s hermeneutics of art and thought.

Kees lives in Umbria where, together with his wife Catherine Ann Lombard, he organises small-scale journeys around literary, artistic and spiritual themes (see poeticplaces.org).

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Activities

please look at Catherine Ann Lombard

 

recent publications

A few recent publications (see academia.edu for more)

‘Preface’, in H. van der Laan, The Play of Forms: Nature, Culture and Liturgy. Translated by Richard Padovan. With a Preface by Kees den Biesen, Leiden : Brill, 2005,  pp. VII-XIII; ISBN 90-04-07618-2.

Simple and Bold: Ephrem’s Art of Symbolic Thought, Gorgias Press, Piscataway NJ, 2006; paperback edition 2014.

‘Reading the Divine Commedy from a psychosynthesis perspective: the beginning of a spiritual journey’, with Catherine Ann Lombard M.A., in Psychosynthesis Quaterly. The Digital Magazine of the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis 3:2 (2014) 5-11 [www.aap-psychosynthesis.org]. 

Hemels Brood en Geestelijke Drank: Orde van de viering van de goddelijke Qurobo volgens de traditie van de Syrisch Orthodoxe Kerk van Antiochië, ܠܰܚܡܳܐ ܫܡܰܝܳܢܳܐ ܘܫܶܩܝܳܐ ܪܽܘܚܳܢܳܝܳܐ: ܛܶܟ݁ܣܳܐ ܕ݂ܫܽܘܡܠܳܝ ܩܽܘܪܳܒ݂ܳܐ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܝܳܐ܆ ܠܦ݂ܽܘܬ݂ ܡܰܫܠܡܳܢܽܘܬ݂ܳܐ ܕ݂ܥܺܕ݁ܬ݁ܳܐ ܣܽܘܪܝܳܝܬ݁ܳܐ ܐܳܪܬ݁ܳܕ݁ܳܘܟ݁ܣܳܝܬ݁ܳܐ ܕ݂ܰܐܢܛܺܝܽܘܟ݂ܝܰܐBar Ebroyo Press : Losser, 2017, 393 pp. [‘Heavenly Bread and Spiritual Drink’ - bi-lingual edition of the Syrian Orthodox Eucharist, with  introduction and newly established text and rubrics]. 

‘Auf der Such nach Ephräm dem Syrer: Für eine neue wissenschaftliche Interpretationsmethode seiner theologischen Werke’, in Neue aramäische Studien 5, Forschungsstelle für Aramäischen Studien, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, 2018, pp. 111-131.

Dom Hans van der Laan OSB: Scritti su proporzione, architettura e liturgia. Traduzioni, introduzioni e commenti a cura di Kees den Biesen e Tiziana Proietti, Melfi : Libria 2018.