Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology


The Institute of the Old Testament comprises the following two chairs:

Chair of History of Theology and Literature of the Old Testament and Biblical Oriental Languages, Prof. Dr. Christoph Berner

Chair of History of Religion of the Old Testament and Archaeology of Syria-Palestine, Prof. Dr. Anna Elise Zernecke

Furthermore the Lecturer in Hebrew Priv.-Doz. Dr. Susanne Rudnig-Zelt works at the institute.

Tasks and focus of the Institute:

Old Testament Studies concerns the cultural heritage of ancient Israel, the Old Testament and the history of its effects from the beginning to our time. Thus the history of literature of the Old Testament, the history of Syria-Palestine in the 2nd and 1st millenium BC, the history of religion and theology of ancient Israel as well as the north-western semitic languages, particularly Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic belong to the research fields of Old Testament Studies. As a discipline concerned with the ancient Near East, Old Testament Studies cooperates with Assyriology, Egyptology, Semitic Studies, Classical Philology and Judaism. As a theological discipline, Old Testament Studies at the same time is in dialogue with New Testament Studies, Church History as well as Systematic and Practical Theology.

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