Winter Semester 2016/17


Lecture Series in the large lecture theatre during the winter semester

Near- death experiences: A mission and challenge for theology and the church?

Opinions on “near-death experiences” differ greatly. Do they really happen to people who are in mortal danger or have even been declared clinically dead? It is indisputable that there are innumerable such experiences across all cultures. However, it is disputable how they can be explained. On the one hand, attempts have often been made to explain them as hallucinations, dreams or emergency functions of a dying brain. On the other hand, it has often been stated that such explanations are not scientifically sufficient. Rather, it is argued, are they borderline cases of scientific theory opening up a new approach to a basic question of human existence: What is “consciousness”? What relation exists between the things we call body, spirit and soul? What relation is there between the spirit and the material world? For quite some time this issue has sparked massive controversies (for instance in the fields of psychology, medicine, neurophysiology, sociology, physics, ethnology, religious science etc.). It is all the more astonishing that theology and the church have not paid much attention to near-death experiences. In view of this, the lecture series will investigate how near-death experiences can be a mission and a challenge for theology and the church.


Press release

24 September 2016

The Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology held the first Young Scientists´ conference on the Old Testament and adjacent disciplines in Kiel. All students, including those who are getting their PhDs and those who just got them were cordially invited! A retrospective to the first HeSeKiel in 2016 can be found here.

The programme can be found here.

 October 2016

A special edition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The Bible revised according to Martin Luther´s translation, 2017. With additional pages on Luther´s work as Reformer and translator of the Bible. ISBN: 978-3-438-03305-5, Deutscher Bibelverlag. Information:

Professor Markus Saur of the Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology of CAU was entrusted with the revision of Ecclesiastes.

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee






9 November 2016

This year our Faculty was involved in the “Poznan (Posen) Days” of CAU for the first time. One of the upshots was that we had a guest lecture on 9 November, held by our colleague Adam Kalbarczyk. He teaches Practical Theology in Poznan and spoke about animation theatre as a medium for the word of God.

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee