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Prof. Dr. Wolfram Kinzig

Principal Investigator

Wolfram Kinzig

University of Bonn
Faculty of Protestant Theology
Department of Church History
Am Hof 1
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7331


Current Position

University Professor of Church History (Early Church), C4


In his research Wolfram Kinzig focusses on agents, dependants and structures of dependency in the late-antique and early medieval Church in the Latin west (including North Africa). In particular, he is interested in:

  1. Authority and resistance among clergy
  2. Doctrinal norms and their implementation
  3. Ethical norms and their implementation
  4. Church as social space
  5. The Church, jurisdiction, and secular governance
  6. The Church as economical agent

In these areas particular attention is given to the following agents and dependants: (1) bishops; (2) priests; (3) offices administering the Church’s economic resources such as deacons; (4) the role of women within the Church hierarchy; (5) the laity both as agents and dependants.

8 books (1 in 2 vols., 1 in 4 vols.), 12 edited volumes, 95 academic papers, 55 reviews; numerous national and international lectures and presentations; 10 completed and 3 ongoing doctorates as first and second supervisor; 2 completed and 2 ongoing habilitations as mentor.


  • 1991                     Habilitation and Venia legendi in Church history, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1985–1988           Ph.D., University of Heidelberg (Germany), Christ Church, Oxford, (UK), Trinity College, Cambridge (UK)
  • 1978–1985           Church and teaching diploma studies in Protestant theology and Latin, University of Heidelberg (Germany) and
                                 Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Academic Positions

  • 1996–present       Professor of Church History, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1992–1995           Senior Research Fellow, King’s College, Cambridge, UK
  • 1988–1992           Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, UK

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects

  • 2010–present       Member of the German-French Graduate School of the Franco-German University (Bonn - Strassburg - Berne -
                                 Brussels - Luxembourg - Liège) “Foule et intégration dans les sociétés antiques”
  • 2008–present       Founding member of the Theologisches Forum (with Rainer Kampling and Susanne Talabardon), funded by the
                                 Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart and the Evangelische Akademie, Berlin
  • 2005–present       Founding member and spokesperson of the Zentrum für Religion und Gesellschaft/Centre for Religion and
                                 Society, University of Bonn
  • 2005–present       Member of the Bonn-Oxford research group with Günter Bader, John Barton, Oliver Davies, Paul Fiddes,
                                 Jochen Flebbe, Morwenna Ludlow, Charlotte Methuen, Michael Meyer-Blanck, Robert Morgan, Cornelia
                                 Richter, Jochen Schmidt, and Michael Wolter, partly funded by the German Academic Exchange Service
  • 1999–2002           Member of the Special Research Area (SFB) 534 "Judentum – Christentum: Konstituierung und Differenzierung
                                 in Antike und Gegenwart", funded by the DFG
  • 1992–2017           Member of the international research group “Cyril of Alexandria, Against Julian” together with Gerlinde Huber-
                                 Rebenich, Stefan Rebenich (Berne), Christoph Riedweg (Zurich), Adolf Martin Ritter (Heidelberg), and Markus
                                 Vinzent (King’s College, London), supported by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and funded by the DFG
                                 and the Swiss National Foundation (SNF)
  • 1992–1995           Member of the research project “The rise, triumph, and fall of Early Christianity” (together with Catherine
                                 Hezser, Keith Hopkins, Seth R. Schwartz, Markus Vinzent), King’s College, Cambridge

Additional Academic Activities


Third-Party Funding

  • German Research Foundation (DFG; 9 successful applications including Heisenberg Fellowship 1992-1996; SFB 534 – see above)
  • Franco-German University (DFH)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • VW Foundation (Volkswagenstiftung; Opus Magnum Award 2014-2016)
  • Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD)

Selected Publications

  • Neue Texte und Studien zu den antiken und frühmittelalterlichen Glaubensbekenntnissen. [New Texts and Studies on the Ancient and Early Christian Creeds]. (=Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte 132). Berlin 2017.
  • Faith in Formulae. A Collection of Early Christian Creeds and Creed-related Texts. 4 volumes. (=Oxford Early Christian Texts). Oxford 2017.
  • Monarchianismus und Monarchie. Überlegungen zum Zusammenhang zwischen Theologie und Politik im 2. und 3. Jahrhundert. [Monarchianism and Monarchy: A Study of the Relation between Theology and Politics in the Second and Third Centuries]. In: Stefan Rebenich (ed.): Monarchische Herrschaft im Altertum. [Monarchies in Antiquity]. (=Schriften des Historischen Kollegs 94). Berlin/Boston 2017, 451-473.
  • Herrschaft und Bekenntnis. Überlegungen zur imperialen Normierung des christlichen Glaubens in der Spätantike. [Power and Confession: A Study of Imperial Laws Regulating Christian Faith in Late Antiquity]. In: Historische Zeitschrift 303 (2016), 621-642.
  • Einleitung. [Introduction]. In: Christoph Riedweg (ed.): Kyrill von Alexandrien I – Gegen Julian, Teil 1: Buch I-V. (=GCS NF 20). Berlin/New York 2015, LXIV-LXXXII, CIX- CLXXV.
  • Wirtschaft/Wirtschaftsethik, V. Kirchengeschichtlich, V/1. Alte Kirche. [Economy/Ethics of Economy, V: History of the Church, V/1: Early Church]. In: Theologische Realenzyklopädie, Vol. XXXVI (2003), 147-153.
  • With Martin Wallraff: Das Christentum des dritten Jahrhunderts zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit. [Christendom in the Third Century between Theory and Reality]. In: Dieter Zeller (ed.): Das Christentum I. Von den Anfängen bis zur Konstantinischen Wende.(=Die Religionen der Menschheit I). Stuttgart 2002, 331-388.
  • With Markus Vinzent: Recent Research on the Origin of the Creed. In: Journal of Theological Studies 50 (1999), 535-559.
  • Römisches Recht und Unrecht in der Predigt der Alten Kirche. [Roman Law and Injus- tice in Sermons of the Early Church]. In: Joachim Mehlhausen (ed.): Recht – Macht – Gerechtigkeit. [Law – Power – Justice]. (=Veröffentlichungen der Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Theologie 14). München 1998, 407-437.
  • “Trample upon me...” The Sophists Asterius and Hecebolius – Turncoats in the Fourth Century A.D. In: Lionel R. Wickham, Caroline P. Bammel (eds.): Christian Faith and Greek Philosophy in Late Antiquity. Essays in Tribute to George Christopher Stead.(=Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae 19). Leiden 1993, 92-111.
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