Jürgen Zangenberg

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Jürgen K. Zangenberg (born January 18, 1964 in Erlangen ) is a German Protestant New Testament scholar and archaeologist.

From 1983 to 1990 he studied Protestant theology in Erlangen , Heidelberg and Edinburgh . In 1996 he received his doctorate in Heidelberg with a thesis on early Christianity in Samaria . From 2000 to 2001 he was a Humboldt Fellow at Yale University . In 2003 he received his habilitation at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal with a thesis on Jewish and early Christian burial culture in Palestine .

Since September 2006 he has been Professor of Exegesis of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature at Leiden University ; since September 2008 he has had an additional teaching position at the Faculty of Archeology there.

He has been Professor of the History and Culture of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity at Leiden University since 2014.

His current focus is on researching ancient Jewish communities in their Greco-Roman context, their self-image as a cultural and religious minority, their literature and material culture. He examines how early Christianity emerged from its Jewish and Greco-Roman matrix and slowly developed its own lifestyle and world of thought.

Zangenberg, like Yizhar Hirschfeld , supports the thesis that Qumran was not the settlement of a special religious group. It presents the more recent state of Qumran research in interviews, lectures and popular science books for a broad public.

Zangenberg carried out excavations in ez-Zara ( Kallirhoe ), Petra , Sepphoris and takes part in an international project for the archaeological investigation of the north-west bank of the Sea of ​​Galilee (Kinneret Regional Project, see web links).

Works (in selection)

  • Early Christianity in Samaria: topographical and historical studies on the Samarii texts in the Gospel of John , Tübingen and Basel 1998, ISBN 978-3-7720-1878-7
  • (with Kurt Erlemann , Karl Leo Noethlichs, Klaus Scherberich, Thomas Wagner) New Testament and Ancient Culture (NTAK) , 5 volumes, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2011, ISBN 978-3-7887-2492-4
  • (with Jens Schröter ) Texts on the Environment of the New Testament , Mohr Siebeck 2013, ISBN 978-3-8252-3663-2
  • The dead Sea. Culture and history at the lowest point on earth , Philipp von Zabern 2010, ISBN 978-3-8053-4074-8
  • (with Jens Schröter) Farmers, fishermen and prophets. Galilee at the time of Jesus , Philipp von Zabern 2012, ISBN 978-3-8053-4543-9
  • Herod, King of Judea , Philipp von Zabern 2016, ISBN 978-3-8053-4950-5
  • The Galilee of Josephus and the Galilee of archeology. Trends and Problems in Recent Research . In: Christfried Böttrich , Jens Herzer (ed.): Josephus and the New Testament. Mutual Perceptions , Tübingen 2007, pp. 265–294 ( PDF )
  • Jesus - Galilee - Archeology. Recent research in a region in transition . In: Carsten Claußen, Jörg Frey (Hrsg.): Jesus und die Archäologie Galiläas (BThS 87) Neukirchen-Vluyn 2008, pp. 7–38. ( PDF )
  • Dry bones, heavenly bliss. Concepts of death and the afterlife in Judaism in the Hellenistic-early Roman period . In: Angelika Berlejung , Bernd Janowski (Hrsg.): Death and Beyond in Ancient Israel and in its Environment. Theological, religious history, archaeological and iconographic aspects , Mohr Siebeck 2009, pp. 655–689 ( PDF )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Werner Siefer: The end of the Qumran myth. In: FOCUS. April 3, 1999, accessed February 4, 2018 .
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20180204184131/https://www.zdf.de/dokumentation/terra-x/fragen-zu-qumran-100.html
  3. Stefanie Schoene: Was Johannes in Qumran? An archaeologist clears up myths. In: Augsburger Allgemeine. February 1, 2012, accessed February 4, 2018 .