Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt

Over thousands of years the Bible was shaped by some of the most powerful empires in human history.


Fielding Graduate University

About Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a National Geographic Historian and a member of the Doctoral Faculty in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. He earned his DLitt at Leiden University.

In 2014, Professor Isbouts evaluated a recently discovered canvas in Geneva, Switzerland, which he believes is Leonardo da Vinci’s first version of the Mona Lisa, prompting several publications on the subject. In 2017, he discovered that da Vinci and his workshop produced a second version of da Vinci’s famous Last Supper fresco, and he traced the work to a remote abbey in Belgium. As a musicologist, he has produced recordings by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and other ensembles and soloists.

Professor Isbouts is an award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author who gained worldwide renown with his book The Biblical World. His books on biblical history include In the Footsteps of JesusWho’s Who in the Bible, The Story of Christianity, and Archaeology of the Bible. He has also coauthored several books on art with Christopher Heath Brown, including Young Leonardo, The da Vinci Legacy, and The Dalí Legacy. His films include Van Gogh Revisited with Leonard Nimoy; Walt: The Man behind the Myth with Dick Van Dyke; Inside the Cold War with David Frost; and The “Mona Lisa” Myth with Morgan Freeman. His website is 

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