University of Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Johann Bauer

Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Theology, Faculty of Catholic Theology

Thomas Johann Bauer studied Catholic Theology at the University of Regensburg and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (Diploma, Regensburg 2000). He also studied Classics (Greek and Latin) at the University of Gießen (M.A., 2009). He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy (Dr. phil.), University of Gießen 2007, and a Doctorate in Catholic Theology (Dr. theol.), University of Freiburg im Breisgau 2011. He worked as a research assistant at the Department of Catholic Theology at the University of Gießen and as an assistant lecturer (PostDoc) at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau. He was appointed associate professor and holder of the Chair for New Testament Studies at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Freiburg/Fribourg CH in 2013. Since 2014 he has been full professor of New Testament Exegesis and Theology at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Erfurt. He was appointed director of the Vetus Latina-Institut at Beuron the same year.

Research

Letter writing in Antiquity and Early Christianity has been at the centre of the study and research of Thomas Johann Bauer for many years. He is currently working on a Commentary on the Letter(s) of Polycarp of Smyrna to the Philippians. The beginnings and the history of the Latin translation of the Bible has become an important issue in his study and research. An edition of the Old Latin texts of the Gospel of Luke is being prepared.

Teaching

The courses offered by Thomas Johann Bauer focus on the literary, cultural, and religious background of New Testament and Early Christian writings as well as on the beginnings of the Jesus movement and the history of Early Christianity.

Publications (selected)

  • Das tausendjährige Messiasreich der Johannesoffenbarung. Eine literarkritische Studie zu Offb 19,11 – 21,8. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche 148, Berlin / New York 2007 [Diss.phil.].
  • Paulus und die kaiserzeitliche Epistolographie. Kontextualisierung und Analyse der Briefe an Philemon und an die Galater. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament I/276, Tübingen 2011 [Diss.theol.].
  • Das Evangelium des Markion und die Vetus Latina“, in: Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity  21/1 (2017), S. 73–89.
  • „Form und kommunikative Funktionen paulinischer Briefe“, in: Augustiniana 67 (2017), S. 31–53.
  • „»Tut dies zu meinem Gedächtnis …« Erwägungen zu Ursprung und Deutung des Herrenmahls in der nachösterlichen Jüngergemeinde“, in: Theologie der Gegenwart 61/1 (2018), S. 2–15.

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