Faculty of Theology

Curriculum vitae


1977-82Studies in Theology and Greek Philology at the Universities of Frankfurt, Heidelberg and Zürich; grantee of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes"
1982-86Doctoral student (Assistent) in Old Testament Studies at the Theological Faculty of the University of Zürich (supervisor: Prof. Dr. O.H. Steck)
1986-87Pastoral training (Vikariat) in the Reformed Church of the Canton Zürich, Switzerland, Second Diploma (zweites Theologisches Examen) and ordination as a VDM (Verbi Divini Minister)
1987Dr. theol. University of Zürich, Switzerland (diss: Translatio imperii)
1987-94Secretary of the project "Revision der Zürcher Bibel"
1990Habilitation at the University of Zürich, Switzerland (Second Book: Kyros im Deuterojesaja-Buch)
1991-95"Privatdozent" at the Theological Faculty of the University of Zürich
1992Participation in the "Lehrkurs des Deutschen Evangelischen Instituts für
Altertumswissenschaft des Heiligen Landes" (Aug./Sept. in Syria and Jordania)
1994-95Grantee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Heisenberg programme)
1995Call to C4-Professorship for Old Testament in Kiel; 1. place on appointments list in Munich
Since 1995/96Full Professor for Old Testament (Ordinarius) at the Theological Faculty of the University of Göttingen; Director of the Department for Qumran Studies
1998-2015Ephorus of the "Evangelisches Studienhaus Göttingen" (formerly Gerhard-Uhlhorn-Konvikt)
Since 1999Ordinary member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Göttingen)
2002-03Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg), Berlin
2003Call to C4-Professorship for Old Testament in Heidelberg
2006-07Fowler Hamilton Visiting Research Fellowship in Christ Church College, Oxford
2008Call to W3-Professorship for Old Testament, Humboldt University of Berlin
2014Call to the Oriel and Laing Chair of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture an der Universität Oxford.
2014-15Overseas Visiting Scholar, St. John's College, Cambridge, UK
Since 2015Honorary Member of the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS, Great Britain)


Main fields of research

  • History of literature and theology of the Old Testament
  • Ancient Near Eastern and Israelite Prophecy
  • Judaism in the Persian and Hellenistic periods (including Qumran studies)