Christoph Levin

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Christoph Levin (born July 8, 1950 in Duisburg ) is a German Protestant theologian and professor of Old Testament theology .

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Levin studied Protestant theology in Tübingen , St Andrews , Marburg and Göttingen from 1969 to 1975 . After a vicariate in the Moravian Brethren , he was a research assistant in Göttingen with Rudolf Smend (junior) from 1977 to 1991 . He received his doctorate for a thesis on federal theology. His habilitation thesis was on the Yahwist . From 1993 Levin took a substitute chair in Marburg, from 1995 to 1998 he was professor of biblical studies in Giessen as a representative for Volkmar Fritz, who was on leave . From 1998 until his retirement in 2016 he was a professor at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . From 2005 to 2019 he was an evangelical university preacher, and from 2009 to 2015 he was Dean of the Evangelical Theological Faculty.

From 2008 to 2011 Levin headed the Old Testament section of the Scientific Society for Theology. From 2008 to 2017 he was a member of the selection committee for the award of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship - International Prize for Research in Germany. From 2010 to 2016 he was on the steering committee "Review of the Luther Bible" at the Evangelical Church in Germany as coordinator for the Old Testament. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen and of the Finnish Academy of Sciences since 2014 . From 2010 to 2013 he was President of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) .


With his theses on the Yahwist , Levin is one of the most vehement defenders of this model in the German-speaking world. He considers the Yahwist to be a late, anti-uteronomic editorial layer who collected several narrative wreaths, combined them and created a narrative thread from Genesis 1 to Numbers 24. Further research focuses are the literary history of the Old Testament and the pre-exilic history of Israel and Jude.


In 2017 the University of Helsinki awarded him an honorary doctorate in theology.


Levin is married to the doctor Claudia Levin and they have four children.

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  1. Cf. Levin: Das Alte Testament , pp. 48–54.
  2. ^ Vita Christoph Levin, website