Hermut Löhr
Prof. Dr. Hermut Löhr ©Friederike Nordholt

Prof. Dr. Hermut Löhr

University of Bonn
Faculty of Protestant Theology
Department for New Testament Studies
An der Schlosskirche 2–4
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7661
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Current Position

  • Professor for New Testament Studies/Ancient Judaism


Divine Dependency in Ancient Judaism and Emerging Christianity

The project seeks to investigate the relation between experiences, perceptions and imaginations of asymmetrical relationsships between two or more agents (individual or groups) and the description of the relationship between God and human beings in the sources of ancient Judaism and emerging Christianity. Names such as that of the "slave" or "servant of God", of the "son", and of the "children" of God, more generally of widespread family metaphors, or of (royal) anointed ones, some of the names of gods such as kyrios or despotês, or the structures of client-patron or power-powerlessness relationships are prominent examples of this.

So far, scholarship has been particularly interested in the contextual involvement and the traditional history of such designations and ideas, but has shown little or no interest in their relations to contemporary experiences and discourses of social interdependence, their implications and explicates as well as gender differences implied in these relations. The project seeks to fill in this remarkable gap.


  • 2001                         Habilitation in Protestant Theology/New Testament, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1993                         Dr. theol., University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1990–1991             Doctoral student, University of Strasbourg, France
  • 1983–1989             Undergraduate and graduate studies in Protestant Theology, History et al. at the Universities of Bonn, Tübingen and Heidelberg, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2017–present          Professor for New Testament Studies/Ancient Judaism, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2007–2017              Professor for New Testament Studies, University of Münster, Germany
  • 2004–2007              Professor for New Testament Studies, University of Jena, Germany
  • 2001–2003              Interim Professor for New Testament Studies at the universities of Duisburg and Bonn, Germany

Other Current Research

Hebrews, Philippians, Early Jewish and Christian Prayer, Apostolic Fathers (esp. 1Clem, Herm, Ignatian letters), The Archaeology of Jewish-Christian Morality in Antiquity, History of Early Christianity, 1-3 John, Wrath of God in Early Christianity (dissertation project by Paul Becker)

Editorial Boards

Selected Publications

  • The 'Two Aeons': Remarks on an Early Christian Concept of the World and Its Implications and Explications. In: S. Ramond et al. (eds.): Aux commencements – Création et temporalité dans la Bible et dans son contexte culturel. Collected Essays on Creation and Temporality in Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Texts. (=BZAR 24). Wiesbaden 2019, 101–110.
  • Die Geburt des Autors aus der Überlieferung der Texte: Überlegungen zum Phänomen der Pseudepigraphie in Quellen des entstehenden Christentums. In: U. Heil, A. Klein, A. Schellenberg (eds.): Autor und Autorität: Historische, systematische und praktische Perspektiven. (=Wiener Jahrbuch für Theologie 12). Wien 2019, 57–71.
  • The Early Christian Household Codes in the Light of Epigraphic Evidence. In: J. Verheyden et al. (eds.): Epigraphical Evidence Illustrating Paul's Letter to the Colossians. (=WUNT 411). Tübingen 2018, 199–121.
  • Der Messias als Richter: Zur Entstehung und Bedeutung einer Aussage im zweiten Artikel des Credos in den Anfängen des christlichen Glaubens. In: J. Herzer et al. (eds.): Die Rede von Jesus Christus als Glaubensaussage. Tübingen 2018, 457–477.
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