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Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies

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Welcome to the Department of Old Testament

The academic study of The Old Testament examines the world and environment which surrounds it, and contributes to the foundational research of theology. The history of Israel in the one thousand years prior to Christ, as well as the religious and theological history of ancient Israel and Judah during this time are found within this field of research

As a historical discipline, Old Testament works together with ancient Near Eastern studies, Egyptology, Semitic studies, classical philology, and Jewish studies. Likewise as a theological discipline, it finds itself situated within the conversations of New Testament Studies, Church History, as well as Systematic and Practical Theology.

The Department of Old Testament at the University of Bonn delves specifically (Prof. Dr. Udo Rüterswörden) into the History of Israel, as well as the languages of the Old Testament and the surrounding world at that time. One of the current areas of focus lies in the exploration of the book of Deuteronomy within the context of the legal history of the Old Testament.

Focus is also predominantly given to reconstructing the Literary and Theological History of the Old Testament (Prof. Dr. Markus Saur).  At present, Psalms and Psalter research, exegesis of the Prophets, as well as the interpretation of the Old Testament wisdom literature are also areas of focus.

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