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Leeuw, Gerardus van der
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(Mar 18, 1890, The Hague, The Netherlands – Nov 18, 1950, Utrecht, The Netherlands) was professor in Groningen (1918–1950) and studied theology and religious studies in Leiden under William Brede Kristensen and others, in Berlin, and in Göttingen under J. Bousset. In 1916 Van der Leeuw received his doctorate in Leiden with a dissertation on images of gods in ancient Egyptian pyramid texts. His interest lay in the universal structure in religious thinking. To this end he compared Egyptian and Greek with western and non-w…

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Hofstee, Willem, “Leeuw, Gerardus van der”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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