Heinrich Zimmermann (theologian)

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Heinrich Zimmermann (born January 11, 1915 in Engers , † April 11, 1980 in Düsseldorf ) was a German Catholic theologian and New Testament scholar .


After graduating from the Staatliche Hohenzollern-Gymnasium in Düsseldorf, Heinrich Zimmermann studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn and in individual semesters in Tübingen and Paderborn . Interrupted by the Reich Labor Service and from 1940 to 1945 by military service, he completed his studies after the end of World War II and was ordained a priest in 1947 .

At first, Zimmermann worked as a pastor and religion teacher. He was a student of the Bonn exeges Heinrich Joseph Vogels and Karl Theodor Schäfer . In 1953 he received his doctorate in theology with the dissertation The absolute I AM as a biblical revelation formula in Bonn . From 1956 he was an assistant at the Catholic Theological Seminars at the University of Bonn and completed his habilitation in 1957 with a thesis on the history of the ancient Latin tradition of the second letter to the Corinthians .

University professor

The Philosophical-Theological Academy Paderborn appointed him in 1960 to the chair of the New Testament; In 1963/64 he was rector of this university. In 1963 he went to the newly established Ruhr University Bochum as a full professor , where he was the founding dean of the Catholic theological faculty until 1966. On October 1, 1966, he was offered the New Testament chair at Bonn University. There he worked until his retirement on March 1, 1980. In 1970/71 Heinrich Zimmermann was dean of the Catholic theological faculty. Together with Johannes Botterweck , he edited the series Bonner Biblische Posts .

His New Testament methodology became the standard work for the exegetical training of students. Heinrich Zimmermann was unable to complete the publication of his research on the Epistle to the Hebrews as a volume in Herder's theological commentary on the New Testament .


  • The Absolute I AM as the biblical formula of revelation. Bonn 1953.
  • Investigations into the history of the ancient Latin tradition of the second letter to the Corinthians. Hanstein-Verlag, Bonn 1960 (Bonn Biblical Contributions 16).
  • The high priest Christology of the Epistle to the Hebrews. Schöningh Verlag, Paderborn 1964.
  • New Testament methodology. Presentation of the historical-critical method. Verlag Katholisches Bibelwerk, Stuttgart 1967; 7th edition, revised by Klaus Kliesch, Stuttgart 1982, ISBN 3-460-30027-2 .
  • The unity of the New Testament and our unity with it. Cologne 1971 (Cologne contributions, issue 4, edited by the press office of the Archdiocese of Cologne).
  • Jesus Christ - History and Annunciation. Verlag Katholisches Bibelwerk, Stuttgart 1973, ISBN 3-460-30771-4 .
  • The Confession of Hope: Tradition u. Editing in the Letter to the Hebrews. Hanstein-Verlag, Cologne-Bonn 1977, ISBN 3-7756-1046-4 (Bonn biblical contributions 47).