Günter Stemberger

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Günter Stemberger (born December 7, 1940 in Innsbruck ) is an Austrian Judaist .


After studying Catholic theology and Jewish studies in Austria, Great Britain, France and Italy, he received his doctorate in Innsbruck in 1967. After a year at the Pontificio Istituto Biblico in Rome (1968), Stemberger worked as a research assistant at Duke University in Durham (USA) and returned to Austria in 1972 after a research stay in Israel . He worked at the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna , where he qualified as a professor in 1974 for the Department of Jewish Studies with a specialization in Judaism in Antiquity and was appointed full professor in 1977. In 2009 he retired. From 1984 to 1986 he held parallel courses at the University of Cologne .

Stemberger is a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences . In 2005 the internationally renowned Judaist received an honorary doctorate from the Theological Faculty of the University of Göttingen . In 2010 he received the Great Silver Medal of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria , and in 2011 the Wilhelm Hartel Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2015 the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Potsdam recognized his life's work with an honorary doctorate, as did the University of Tel Aviv in 2017 .



  • Mauro Perani (Ed.): “The Words of a Wise Man's Mouth are Gracious” (Qoh 10,12): Festschrift for Günter Stemberger on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday. De Gruyter, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-11-018849-X .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Austrian Academy of Sciences: Wilhelm Hartel Prize 2011 ( Memento of November 21, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed on October 13, 2012)
  2. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)