Reiner Sörries

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Reiner Sörries (born October 22, 1952 in Nuremberg ) is a German Protestant theologian, art historian and Christian archaeologist .


Reiner Sörries studied Protestant theology , Christian archeology and art history at the University of Erlangen from 1972 to 1977 . Second ecclesiastical exam of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and worked from 1977 to 1979 as vicar in Schwabach . From 1979 to 1991 he was a research assistant at the chair for Christian archeology and art history at the Protestant theological faculty of the University of Erlangen. In 1981 he was promoted to Dr. theol. doctorate, in 1987 he completed his habilitation, in 1994 he was awarded the title of associate professor .

From 1992 until his retirement at the end of 2015, he was managing director of the Cemetery and Monument Working Group and director of the Central Institute and Museum for Sepulchral Culture in Kassel .

Publications (selection)

  • The images of the Orthodox fighting against Arianism. An apology of the Orthodox Christology and the doctrine of the Trinity against the Arian heresy, depicted in the Ravenna mosaics and pictures of the 6th century; at the same time a contribution to the understanding of Germanic homoerism (= European university publications . Volume 23). Frankfurt am Main 1983 (dissertation).
  • The evangelicals and the pictures. Reflections on a story . Erlangen 1983.
  • The alpine Lenten towels. Forgotten evidence of popular piety . Klagenfurt 1988 (habilitation thesis).
  • The Syrian Bible from Paris. Bibl. Nat. Paris cod. syr 341; an early Christian illuminated manuscript from the 6th century . Wiesbaden 1991.
  • An overview of Christian-ancient book illumination . 2 vols. Text and panels, Wiesbaden 1993.
  • Auxentius and Ambrosius. A contribution to the early Christian art of Milan between heresy and orthodoxy . Dettelbach 1996.
  • Josef Wilpert (1857-1944). A life in the service of Christian archeology. Dettelbach 1998.
  • The Malibu Triptych. A memorial picture from Roman Egypt and related works of late antique panel painting . Dettelbach 2003.
  • Daniel in the lions' den. On the regularity of early Christian iconography . Wiesbaden 2005.
  • By the grace of the emperor. Protestant church buildings in the Habsburg Empire . Cologne / Vienna / Weimar 2008.
  • Rest gently. Cultural history of the cemetery . Kevelaer 2009.
  • Christian archeology compact. A topographical overview: Europe - Asia - Africa . Wiesbaden 2011.
  • Natural burial and death. Natural religions - neo-paganism - neo-fascism . Frankfurt 2011.
  • Deepest condolences. A cultural history of grief. Darmstadt 2012.
  • What was left of Jesus. The story of his relics. Kevelaer 2012.
  • "... on solid rocky ground ...". Protestant church building in South West Africa . Cologne / Vienna / Weimar 2012.
  • Late antiquity and early Christian art. An introduction to the study of Christian archeology . Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2013.
  • Public dying. A plea for intimacy . Kevelaer 2014.
  • From Mecca to Berlin. Archeology and cultural history of the Islamic cemetery . Wiesbaden 2015.
  • From the good death. The current debate and its cultural-historical background . Kevelaer 2015.
  • Death is the gateway to life. The history of the cemetery entrance from the Middle Ages to the present . Wiesbaden 2016.
  • One last greeting. The new diversity of funeral and mourning culture . Kevelaer 2016.
  • Is the cemetery dying? About the wasting of traditional burial culture . Frankfurt am Main 2016.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Claus Peter Müller: The old cemetery is dead. In: February 15, 2016, accessed March 24, 2020 .