Heinz-Josef Fabry

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Heinz-Josef Fabry (born December 14, 1944 in Winterberg ) is a German Roman Catholic Old Testament scholar .


After attending the humanistic old language district high school in Heinsberg , he studied Catholic theology , oriental studies and pedagogy at the University of Bonn from 1966 to 1972 . After his diploma in 1972, he was a research assistant and in 1975 received his doctorate in theology with a dissertation on the subject of reversal in Qumran literature ("The root sub in the Qumran literature. On the semantics of a basic concept") with Gerhard Johannes Botterweck . For this he received the Rector's Prize at the University of Bonn. After the state examination in Catholic religion and education in 1976, he was an academic advisor at the Catholic theological faculty of the University of Bonn from 1977 to 1982. In 1979 he completed his habilitation in Old Testament and Qumran Studies . The habilitation thesis dealt with the ecclesiological terminology of the Old Testament and Qumran ("The ecclesiology of the Old Testament and the Qumran community. Analysis and semantics of ecclesiological terminology"). In 1982 he was appointed Professor for Introduction to the Old Testament and the History of Israel and was Dean of the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn from 1990 to 1992 . In 2010 he retired.

Since 1981 Fabry has been editor of the work Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament , which was completed in 1995 with a total of 8 volumes and u. a. was translated into English, as well as (together with Ulrich Dahmen ) of the work Theological Dictionary on the Qumran Texts , the three volumes of which were published in 2011, 2013 and 2016. From 1996 to 1999 he was chairman of the working group of German-speaking Catholic Old Testament scholars (AGAT).

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