Heinrich Groß (theologian)

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Johannes Heinrich Groß (born September 13, 1916 in Bonn ; † April 30, 2008 in Regensburg ) was a German Catholic theologian and professor of exegesis of the Old Testament at the University of Regensburg .


Because of the Second World War, Johannes Heinrich Groß had to interrupt the study of theology that had begun in 1937 at the Catholic Theological Faculty in Trier . After resuming and completing his studies, he was ordained a priest in 1947. In 1951 he was at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn to Dr. theol. PhD. This was followed by in-depth studies in biblical studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and in 1955 the habilitation at the Catholic-Theological Faculty in Trier. Johannes Heinrich Groß was then professor for introductory biblical studies in Trier. In 1968 he was appointed Professor of Exegesis of the Old Testament at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the newly founded University of Regensburg , where he worked until his retirement in 1983.

Works (selection)

  • World domination as a religious idea in the Old Testament . In: Bonn Biblical Contributions . tape 6 . Bonn 1951 (dissertation).
  • The idea of ​​eternal and general world peace in the ancient Orient and in the Old Testament . In: Trier theological studies . tape 7 . Trier 1956 (habilitation thesis).
  • A little Bible study of the Old Testament . In: Writings on Catechetics . tape 9 . Munich 1967.
  • Repent with all your heart. Old Testament sermons . Stuttgart 1972.
  • Core issues of the Old Testament. Practical introductions . Regensburg 1977.
  • The Book of Psalms . 2 volumes (1978 and 1980): Spiritual reading, explanations of the Old Testament for spiritual reading. Dusseldorf.
  • Job . In: The New Real Bible. Old testament . tape 22 . Echter, Würzburg 1986.
  • Lamentations . In: The New Real Bible. Old testament . Volumes 31/32. Echter, Würzburg 1986.
  • Tobit, Judit . In: The New Real Bible. Old testament . Volumes 17/18. Echter, Würzburg 1987.


  • Ernst Haag (ed.), Joy in the instruction of the Lord. Contributions to the theology of the Psalms. Commemoration for the 70th birthday of Heinrich Groß , (Stuttgart Biblical Contributions, Vol. 13), Stuttgart 1986.
  • Alkuin Volker Schachenmayr : Formative professors in the development of theological teaching in the Cistercian monastery Heiligenkreuz 1802–2002 (Langwaden 2004), ISBN 3-937634-08-8 . Pp. 253-254.
  • In memoriam Prelate Prof. Dr. theol. Lic. Bibl. Johannes Heinrich Groß, em. Full professor for exegesis of the Old Testament in: Regensburger Universitätszeitung July 3/2008, pp. 19-20.

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