Max Küchler

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Max Küchler (born August 27, 1944 in Sulgen ) is a Swiss Roman Catholic theologian .


Küchler studied Roman Catholic theology , ancient Jewish literature, history and archeology of Palestine / Israel at the University of Freiburg , at the University of Passau , at the University of Rome and at the University of Jerusalem . In 1988 Küchler became associate professor for the New Testament and Biblical Environment at the University of Freiburg im Üechtland, and from 2008 until his retirement in 2012 he was a full professor there . In 2013/14, Küchler was lecturer in the history and archeology of Jerusalem at the Jerusalem Theological Academic Year at the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. In addition to the study of the history of Jerusalem also belongs Numismatics Palestine and the ancient East to his research interests. Max Küchler is married and has four children.

Jerusalem guide

As a scientific author, reviewer, curator and explorer, Küchler spent many years studying the history and antiquities of the city of Jerusalem . As a result of this experience, in 2007 he published a 1200-page “travel guide” with more than 630 mostly hand-drawn illustrations, with which he attempted to find, with the collaboration of Klaus Bieberstein , Damian Lazarek, Siegfried Ostermann, Ronny Reich and Christoph Uehlinger To explain the entire inventory of the city's archaeological and religious monuments on the basis of the current state of research in a form accessible to laypeople, historically, archaeologically and theologically and to record them in a manual. The completely revised representation in the new edition of the work published in 2014 contains the materials and arguments of the first edition in a highly compressed (800 pages, 430 illustrations) and rearranged form and incorporates the archaeological discoveries since 2007. The Protestant New Testament scholar Christoph Stenschke rated the work in 2009 as an “enormously learned manual on Jerusalem”, which comprehensively examines the history of the city.

Works (selection)

  • Jerusalem: A Handbook and Study Guide to the Holy City. 2nd, completely revised edition, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2014
  • As ed. With Ralph Hochschild and Markus Lau: Jesus - Gestalt und Gestaltungs. Receptions of the Galilean in science, church and society. (Festschrift for Gerd Theißen on his 70th birthday; = Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus / Studies on the Environment of the New Testament, 100). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2013.
  • With Heinrich Krauss : Solomon. The wise king (= stories from the Bible, 6), Paulusverlag / Kohlhammer, Freiburg (CH) / Stuttgart 2012
  • With Heinrich Krauss: David. The combative king (= stories from the Bible, 5), Paulusverlag / Kohlhammer, Freiburg (CH) / Stuttgart 2011
  • Jerusalem: A handbook and study travel guide to the Holy City (= places and landscapes of the Bible, IV.2). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2007
  • Edited with Karl-Matthias Schmidt: Texts - Facts - Artifacts: Contributions to the importance of archeology for New Testament research (= Novum testamentum et orbis antiquus / studies on the environment of the New Testament, 59), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2006
  • With Heinrich Krauss: The Book of Genesis from a literary perspective. The biblical prehistory (= stories of the Bible, 1), Paulusverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Freiburg (CH) / Göttingen 2003
  • As ed. With Peter Reinl: Randfiguren in der Mitte (Festschrift for Hermann-Josef Venetz ), Ed. Exodus, Lucerne 2003
  • With Othmar Keel : Herder's large Bible atlas , Freiburg im Breisgau 1994, 1998, 2007 (German editions of the 1989 Times Atlas of the Bible by James B. Pritchard )


  • Gerd Theißen u. a .: Jerusalem and the countries: Iconography - Topography - Theology. Festschrift for Max Küchler on the occasion of his 65th birthday , Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2009

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Program of the 40th theological academic year 2013/14 , pp. 52, 60.
  2. ^ Vita on the Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht publisher's website , accessed on June 20, 2016.
  3. Jerusalem. A handbook and study guide to the Holy City (publisher's website), accessed on June 20, 2016.
  4. Note on the review in Acta Patristica et Byzantina 20 (2009), pp. 426-428.