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Professors and Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Heinz Schürmann

Heinz Schürmann was born in Bochum in 1913. He studied philosophy and Catholic theology in Paderborn and Tübingen from 1932 to 1937 and was ordained a priest in Paderborn in 1938. Until 1946 he worked as a pastor in the diaspora communities of Bernburg (Saale), Osterwieck (Harz) and Nienburg (Saale) and then as a prefect at the archiepiscopal theologians' convocation in Bad Driburg. After receiving his doctorate in 1948 and his habilitation in 1952, he accepted the call to the newly founded Philosophical-Theological Studies Erfurt in 1953. Among his students Joachim Wanke and Claus-Peter März were his successors at the chair of Erfurt. In 1978 Schürmann was retired. He died in Erfurt in 1999.

Heinz Schürmann was peritus of the Second Vatican Council as well as a member of the International Theological Commission and consultant of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. He received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Bochum, Paderborn, Leuven, Uppsala, Aberdeen, Vienna and Strasbourg. He was also holder of the Ring of Honour of the Görres Society (1995).

Heinz Schürmann was one of the leading international researchers and experts on the Gospel of Luke.

Important research work and publications (in selection)

Aufbau und Struktur der neutestamentlichen Verkündigung (Paderborner Schriften zur Pädagogik und Katechetik 2), Paderborn 1949.

Eine quellenkritische Untersuchung des lukanischen Abendmahlsberichtes Lk 22,7–38, Teil 1: Der Paschamahlbericht Lk 22,(7–14.)15–18 (Neutestamentliche Abhandlungen 19,5), Münster 1953 [1968; 1980].

Eine quellenkritische Untersuchung des lukanischen Abendmahlsberichtes Lk 22,7–38, Teil 2: Der Einsetzungsbericht Lk 22,19–20 (Neutestamentliche Abhandlungen 20,4), 2. Aufl., Münster 1955 [1970].

Eine quellenkritische Untersuchung des lukanischen Abendmahlsberichtes Lk 22,7–38, Teil 3: Jesu Abschiedsrede Lk 22, 21–38 (Neutestamentliche Abhandlungen 20,5), Münster 1957 [1977; 1986].

Worte des Herrn. Jesu Botschaft vom Königtum Gottes. Auf Grund der synoptischen Überlieferung zusammengestellt, Leipzig 1955 [5. Aufl., 1994] / Mainz 1955 / (Herder-Bücherei 89), Freiburg im Breisgau 1961 [4., verb. Aufl. 1968]

Der Abendmahlsbericht Lukas 22,7–38 als Gottesdienstordnung, Gemeindeordnung, Lebensordnung (Die Botschaft Gottes 2), Leipzig 1955 [1958; 1960; 1967] / (Schriften zur Pädagogik und Katechetik 9), Paderborn 1957.

Das Gebet des Herrn (Die Botschaft Gottes 2, Neutestamentliche Reihe 6), Leipzig 1957 [7., erneut durchges. Aufl., 1990] / Freiburg im Breisgau 1958 [4., verb. u. erw. Aufl., 1981].

Der erste Brief an die Thessalonicher (Geistliche Schriftlesung / Erläuterungen zum Neuen Testament für die geistliche Lesung 13), Düsseldorf 1962 [6. Aufl., 1985] / Leipzig 1961.

Geistliches Tun, Leipzig 1962 [3. Aufl., 1986] / (Herder-Bücherei 89), Freiburg im Breisgau 1965.

Traditionsgeschichtliche Untersuchungen zu den synoptischen Evangelien (Kommentare und Beiträge zum Alten und Neuen Testament), Düsseldorf 1968.

Das Lukasevangelium, Teil 1: Kommentar zu Kapitel 9,51 – 11,54 (Herders theologischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament 3,1), Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1969 [3. Aufl., 1984] / Leipzig 1970.

Das Lukasevangelium, Teil 2, Folge 1: Kommentar zu Kapitel 1,1 – 9,50 (Herders theologischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament 3,2), Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1994.

Die Mitte des Lebens finden. Orientierung für geistliche Berufe, Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1979.

Worte an Mitbrüder über geistliches Tun, Einsiedeln 1983 [1985].

Gottes Reich – Jesu Geschick. Jesu ureigener Tod im Licht seiner Basileia-Verkündigung, Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1983 / (Die Botschaft Gottes 2, Neutestamentliche Reihe 34), Leipzig 1985.

Im Knechtsdienst Christi. Priesterliche Lebensform, Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1985.

Studien zur neutestamentlichen Ethik, hrsg. von Thomas Söding (Stuttgarter biblische Aufsatzbände 7), Stuttgart 1990.

Jesus – Gestalt und Geheimnis. Gesammelte Beiträge, hrsg. von Klaus Scholtissek, Paderborn 1994.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Trilling

Wolfgang Trilling was born in Chemnitz in 1925. He entered the oratory of St. Philipp Neri in Leipzig in 1949 and was ordained priest in 1952. After receiving his doctorate in 1958, he lectured on Old Testament Studies at the Philosophisch-Theologischen Studium Erfurt from 1959 to 1961. From 1961 to 1967 he was pastor of the Catholic Student Community (KSG) in Leipzig. During this time he was involved in the preparation and implementation of the first post-conciliar Meissen diocesan synod and helped to found the "Ecumenical-Theological Working Group in the GDR". From 1968 to 1970 he held a lectureship for New Testament Studies at the Philosophical-Theological Studies Erfurt. Subsequently, until 1985, he was an ecumenical guest lecturer at the Leipzig Theological Seminary, the largest of the three Protestant church universities in the GDR. It was not until his retirement that he was awarded the title of professor in 1991. Wolfgang Trilling died in Leipzig in 1993.

Wolfgang Trilling's main areas of research were the Gospels, the reception of Paul, hermeneutical and other interdisciplinary topics. He received honorary doctorates from the Westphalian Wilhelm University of Münster (1971) and the University of Graz (1986).

Important research work and publications (in selection)

Christusgeheimnis – Glaubensgeheimnis. Eine Einführung in das Markusevangelium (Die Botschaft Gottes 2), Leipzig 1957 [1959].

Das wahre Israel. Studien zur Theologie des Matthäus-Evangeliums (Erfurter theologische Studien 7), Leipzig 1959 [1962, 1964; 1975; eingereicht als Dissertation unter dem Titel „Die Theologie des Matthäus-Evangeliums“ 1958].

Hausordnung Gottes. Eine Auslegung von Matthäus 18 (Die Welt der Bibel 10), Düsseldorf 1960.

Im Anfang schuf Gott. Eine Einführung in den Schöpfungsbericht der Bibel, Leipzig 1963 [1964; 1967; Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1965].

Denn Staub bist du. Eine Einführung in den Bericht vom Paradies und Sündenfall, Leipzig 1964 [1967; Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1965].

Fragen zur Geschichtlichkeit Jesu, Düsseldorf 1966 / Leipzig 1966 [1967; 1969].

Vielfalt und Einheit im Neuen Testament. Zur Exegese und Verkündigung des Neuen Testaments (Unterweisen und verkünden 3), Einsiedeln u.a. 1968.

Christusverkündigung in den synoptischen Evangelien. Beispiele gattungsgemäßer Auslegung, Leipzig 1968 [München 1969 (Biblische Handbibliothek 4)].

Die Schrift allein. Moderne Exegese und reformatorisches Auslegungsprinzip (Zur biblischen Hermeneutik), Stuttgart 1970.

Untersuchungen zum zweiten Thessalonicherbrief (Erfurter theologische Studien 27), Leipzig 1972.

Was haltet Ihr von Jesus? Beiträge zum Gespräch über Jesus von Nazaret, Leipzig 1975.

Die Botschaft Jesu. Exegetische Orientierungen, Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1978.

Der zweite Brief an die Thessalonicher (Evangelisch-Katholischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament 14), Zürich u.a. 1980 [Leipzig 1987].

Mit Paulus im Gespräch. Das Lebenswerk des großen Völkerapostels – eine Hinführung, Graz 1983 (Leipzig 1988; 1999).

Studien zur Jesusüberlieferung (Stuttgarter biblische Aufsatzbände 1), Stuttgart 1988.

Prof. em. Dr. Joachim Wanke

Joachim Wanke was born in Breslau in 1941. His family came to Ilmenau in Thuringia during the expulsion from Silesia. After studying theology at the Erfurt seminary, he was ordained a priest in 1966. Afterwards he was chaplain in Dingelstädt in Eichsfeld. This was followed by his doctorate and habilitation in Erfurt. During this time he worked at the Erfurt seminary as assistant and prefect. In 1974 he received a teaching assignment for New Testament exegesis at the Philosophical-Theological Studies Erfurt and in 1980 he was appointed full professor for New Testament exegesis at the Erfurt seminary.

In the same year Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop in Erfurt and co-adjutor of the Apostolic Administrator Hugo Aufderbeck in the Episcopal Office Erfurt-Meiningen. After the death of Hugo Aufderbeck he took over the office of Apostolic Administrator of the Episcopal Office Erfurt-Meiningen in 1981. In 1994 Joachim Wanke was appointed by Pope John Paul II as bishop of the newly established diocese of Erfurt. From 1998 to 2010 Joachim Wanke was chairman of the pastoral commission of the German Bishops' Conference. From 2008 to 2016 he was also chairman of the governing body for the revision of the Unified Translation of Sacred Scripture. For health reasons he resigned as Bishop of Erfurt in 2012.

As a bishop in the GDR, but also in reunited Germany, Joachim Wanke moved the question of how the Gospel can be proclaimed in a non-Christian environment and how Christians can be welcoming and informative.

Important research work and publications (selection)

Die Emmauserzählung. Eine redaktionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung zu LK 24,13–35 (Erfurter theologische Studien 31), Leipzig 1973.

Beobachtungen zum Eucharistieverständnis des Lukas auf Grund der lukanischen Mahlberichte (Erfurter theologische Schriften 8), Leipzig 1973.

„Bezugs- und Kommentarworte“ in den synoptischen Evangelien. Beobachtungen zur Interpretationsgeschichte der Herrenworte in der vorevangelischen Überlieferung (Erfurter theologische Studien 44), Leipzig 1981.

Die Frohbotschaft der Weihnacht, Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1988.

Deine Auferstehung preisen wir. Österlich leben, Freiburg im Breisgau u.a. 1990.

Last und Chance des Christseins. Akzente eines Weges (Vorträge, Hirtenbriefe und Predigten 1980–1990; zum 10. Bischofs- und 25. Priesterjubiläum), Leipzig 1991.

Neue Herausforderungen – bleibende Aufgaben. Beiträge zur Pastoral in postsozialistischer Zeit, Leipzig 1995.

Lasst uns das Licht auf den Leuchter stellen. Impulse für Christen, Leipzig 2001 [1. und 2. Aufl.].

Prof. em. Claus-Peter März

Claus-Peter März
Claus-Peter März

Claus-Peter März was born in Leipzig in 1947. He studied Catholic theology in Erfurt and Neuzelle and received the sacrament of priestly ordination in Dresden in 1971. Afterwards he was chaplain in Meissen and Leipzig. After obtaining his licentiate, he was a research assistant at the Erfurt Philosophical-Theological University from 1974 and received his doctorate in 1978. From 1979 he was lecturer and from 1981 administrator of the Chair of New Testament Studies in Erfurt. After an academic year in Rome in 1988/89 he became full professor for New Testament Studies at the Philosophisch-Theologischen Studium Erfurt or the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Erfurt and from 2003 to 2012 at the newly established Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Erfurt. In 1992/1993 he was visiting professor at the TU Dresden and in 1997 visiting professor at the academic year of Dormitio Abbey in Jerusalem. From 1990 to 1992 he held the office of Rector of the Philosophical-Theological Studies and in 1992/93 the office of Prorector.

Claus-Peter März's main areas of research are Lucanian theology, the history of the Passion, the reconstruction and theology of the Logienquelle Q and the Letter to the Hebrews.

In the field of the new sacred song März became known as a text author through his collaboration with the church musician Kurt Grahl. One of the most famous works is the song Wenn das Brot, das wir teilen, which reminds of the "Rose Miracle" of Elizabeth of Thuringia. He created the lyrics to the oratorios Aufstand der Worte and Große Johannespassion.

Claus-Peter März was a member of various commissions and advisory boards, among them: Advisor to the Commission "Science and Art" of the German Bishops' Conference (1990-1993), Scientific Advisory Council of the Catholic Biblical Association (1990-2000) and its 2nd Chairman (1996-97), University Structure Commission of the State of Thuringia (1991-1992), German Ecumenical Study Committee (1993-2002), Scientific Advisory Council "Theology in Distance Learning" (from 1995), Advisor to the Faith Commission of the German Bishops' Conference (from 1997).

Important research work and publications (selection)

Das Wort Gottes bei Lukas. Die lukanische Worttheologie als Frage an die neuere Lukasforschung (Erfurter theologische Schriften 11), Leipzig 1974.

„Siehe, dein König kommt zu Dir …“. Eine traditionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung zur Einzugsperikope (Erfurter theologische Studien 43), Leipzig 1980 [1981].

Hebräerbrief (Die neue Echter-Bibel. Kommentar zum Neuen Testament mit der Einheitsübersetzung 16), Würzburg 1989 [2. Aufl. 1990].

„… lasst eure Lampen brennen!“. Studien zur Q-Vorlage von Lk 12,35 – 14,24 (Erfurter theologische Schriften 20), Leipzig 1991.

Hoffnung auf Leben. Die biblische Botschaft von der Auferstehung (Begegnung mit der Bibel), Stuttgart 1995.

Studien zum Hebräerbrief (Stuttgarter biblische Aufsatzbände 39), Stuttgart 2005.

Jesus. Sein Weg, seine Botschaft, seine Zeit, Leipzig 2007 [2012].

Paulus. Sein Leben, sein Wirken, seine Zeit, Leipzig 2008.

Petrus. Sein Leben, sein Wirken, seine Zeit, Leipzig 2010.

 

Research Assistants

Jasmin Hack M.A.

Hack
Jasmin Hack

Education

WS 2003/04 to SS 2009 Studies at the Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen: Teacher training at grammar schools for the subjects English and Catholic religion (state examination).

WS 2005/06 to SS 2009 Studies at the Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen: Master's degree with the main subjects "Modern English and American Literature" and "Catholic Theology" with the main subject "New Testament Exegesis and Literature of Early Christianity"

Dissertation project: "The voice of the gospel". Form and function of the reception of the Gospel by Theophilos of Antioch.  

Professional activities

Research assistant at the Chair for New Testament Exegesis and Literature of Early Christianity, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand R. Prostmeier, at the Institute for Catholic Theology, Department 04 History and Cultural Studies of the Justus Liebig University Giessen from SS 2005 to WS 2009/10.

Research assistant at the Chair for Biblical Theology - Old and New Testament, Prof. Dr. Matthias Schmidt, at the Institute for Catholic Theology, Department 04 History and Cultural Studies of the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen from SS 2012 to WS 2015/16.

Research assistant at the Chair for Exegesis and Theology of the New Testament, Prof. DDr. Thomas J. Bauer, at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Erfurt since SS 2016.  

Memberships

since 2012: International Working Group "Second Century"

Publications

Essay "Myths and Critique of Myths in Theophilos of Antioch", in: Myth and Neomythos. Signatures of the Zeitgeist, edited by Christa Georg-Zöller and others, Paderborn 2016.

Courses (since 2006)

1. Tutorials on seminars and lectures
- The Apostolic Fathers (2006/07)
- "Sweet Poison" - Luxury in Early Christianity (2007)
- Sedition - concord - frankness. Early Christianity in the field of tension between tradition and innovation (2007/2008)
- Hidden and forbidden writings of early Christianity (2008)
- The first letter of Peter. Analysis and explanation (2009)

2. Exercises, proseminars
- Methodology of New Testament literature (exercise, SS 2012 to 2015)
- The historical Jesus and the cultural spaces of his work (Proseminar 2012/13)
- Jesus the Galilean. Shape - Message - History (Proseminar 2013/14)
- Jesus in the testimony of faith of early Christianity (Proseminar 2014/15 and 2015/16)
- Introduction to the New Testament Gospels (reading 2017 for the lecture of Prof. DDr. Thomas J. Bauer)

3. Seminars
- "Galilean Spring" - The Magic of the Beginning (2009; performed in substitution during the vacancy of the New Testament Chair)
- "Introduction to Christianity for Elites" - Theophilos of Antioch. "To Autolykos" (2016/17)
- Centers of Pauline Mission (2017/18)

4. Lectures
Introduction to hermeneutics and interpretation of the New Testament (2016; after taking up the position as substitute for Prof. DDr. Thomas J. Bauer)