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The subject areas of Theology, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies combine tradition and innovation and also span the entire range of classical biblical scholarship – from ecclesiastical history and philosophy of religion to critical religious studies.

In addition to our customary areas of focus, which include large editions, established book series, and commentaries on Christian theology and philosophy of religion, we are steadily expanding our portfolio. For example, in addition to our Jewish Studies program, in future we will also have a stronger focus on Islamic Studies.

New media as used in the context of theology and religious studies, such as in the field of Digital Humanities, is another topic we will be exploring. We will also be pursuing innovative approaches and new fields, such as the study of secularity and non-religion. All of these factors enable us to offer an exciting, interdisciplinary, epoch-spanning, and most importantly – international program.


  • A long tradition in the field of biblical studies and theology, with journals covering both Old and New Testament scholarship, together with their associated book series
  • A wide range of offerings encompassing all continents, many cultures and religious communities, different eras, and different methodological and disciplinary approaches
  • A growing portfolio in the field of biblical reception history, with the series Studies of the Bible and Its Reception, the handbook series HBR, and the journal JBR
  • Relevant reference works such as the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception and the Theologische Realenzyklopädie, both available in database format
  • Comprehensive primary source publications with critical editions of texts by writers on the early Christian Church (Greek and Latin) as well as editions of works by Andrew Fuller, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Paul Tillich, Søren Kierkegaard, and Ernst Troeltsch
  • A broad list in the field of Ancient Near Easter Studies, including standards such as the Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie and Die babylonisch-assyrische Medizin in Texten und Untersuchungen (BAMTU)
  • An expanded program in Islamic studies, Religion in Asia and the field of interreligious dialogue



  • Peter L. Berger, Boston University, author of a number of titles on the Sociology of Religion, including recently The Many Altars of Modernity
  • Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität Berlin, author of various contributions on Quranic research
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, author and editor of the Troeltsch Kritischen Gesamtausgabe (TheComplete Critical Works of Troeltsch)
  • Devorah Dimant, University of Haifa, author in the BZAW series, including most recently Scripture and Interpretation
  • Christoph Markschies, Humboldt Universität Berlin, an author who is also the editor of the journal ZAC and various series, including AKG, TU und GCS


  • Max Planck Institut Göttingen
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Nonreligion & Secularity Research Network
  • British Association for Islamic Studies
  • Refo500
  • North American Paul Tillich Society
  • Akademien der Wissenschaften in Deutschland


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