Pure Marquard

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Reiner Marquard (* 1949 in Frankfurt am Main ) is a German Protestant theologian ( systematic theology ). He is honorary professor at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.


Marquard studied Protestant theology at the universities of Bethel , Heidelberg , Göttingen and Basel . After completing his studies, he was an assistant at the Karl Barth Archive in Basel. Since 1977 he has worked as a pastor (since 1989 as dean ) in the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau. In 1999 he received a professorship at the Evangelical University of Freiburg and at the same time headed the teaching service of the Evangelical Church in Baden. From 2007 to 2014 he was rector of the Evangelical University of Freiburg . On July 13, 2015, he was appointed honorary professor by the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Freiburg.


Marquard received his doctorate in 1994 from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main on the importance of the Isenheim Altarpiece by Mathias Grünewald in Karl Barth's work . He deals with the influence of the Reformation on Mathias Grünewald's art and the theological influence of Johann Sebastian Bach (Martin Luther, Lutheran Orthodoxy and Enlightenment). The focus of his work is the study of Karl Barth's theology and medical ethics (ethics at the end of life).

Works (selection)

  • (together with Meinrad Walter) Johann Sebastian Bach - St. Matthew Passion. Wort .Werk.Wirkung series (Ed. M. Walter), Carus-Verlag and German Bible Society, Stuttgart 2020, ISBN 978-3-89948-403-8 and ISBN 978-3-438-04843-1 .
  • The lamb in tiger claws. Christian Friedrich Henrici alias Picander and the libretto of the St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, Rombach Verlag, Freiburg i.Br./Berlin/Wien 2017, ISBN 978-3-7930-9896-6 .
  • Trust and remembrance. Sermon meditations and sermons. Poppen & Ortmann, Freiburg 2015, ISBN 978-3-9816470-1-3 .
  • To die humanly. Trust-based palliative care versus assisted suicide and killing on demand. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig, 2014, ISBN 978-3-374-03901-2 .
  • Trust and promise. Sermons. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt GmbH, Leipzig 2011, ISBN 978-3-374-02917-4 .
  • Mathias Grünewald and the Reformation. Frank & Timme, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-86596-250-8 .
  • Ethics in medicine. An introduction to Protestant social ethics. RPE, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3-938356-16-6 .
  • Live faith - shape church - celebrate worship. A Theological Guide to Volunteering. Calwer, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-7668-3867-9 .
  • Mathias Grünewald and the Isenheim Altarpiece. Explanations, considerations, interpretations. Calwer, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-7668-3463-0 .
  • Karl Barth and the Isenheim Altarpiece (= work on theology. Vol. 80). Calwer, Stuttgart 1995, ISBN 3-7668-3322-7 .

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