Ulrich Berges
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berges

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berges

University of Bonn
Old Testament Studies' Department
Faculty of Catholic Theology
Regina-Pacis Weg 1a
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7842
uberges[at]uni-bonn.de


Current Position

  • Director of the Old Testament Studies Department
  • Professor for Old Testament Studies

Research

Ulrich Berges focuses on the biblical and especially Old Testament roots of dependency and the movements against oppression. What biblical texts were used for the legitimization and for the delegitimazation of dependency? What happens when these texts were used in the same context by oppressors and oppressed? It is highly probably that the different images of God strongly intervene in these antithetical strategies.

6 books, 2 edited volumes, approximately 100 articles and reviews. 40 national and international lectures, 20 supervised Master and Ph.D. theses

Education                         

  • 1998                          Habilitation in Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Muenster, Germany
  • 1994–1998              Postdoctoral Studies (Habilitation), Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Muenster, Germany
  • 1986–1988              Ph.D. at the École Biblique in Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1977–1986              Catholic Theology and Bible Studies, University of Eichstätt, Salzburg, Germany, Pontifical Gregorian University and Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy

Academic Positions

  • 2009–present          Professor for Old Testament Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2005–2009              Professor for Old Testament Studies, University of Muenster, Germany
  • 1998–2005              Professor for Old Testament Studies, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 1994–1997              Director of "Arbeitskreis zur Erforschung der Kultur und Religion des Östlichen Mittelmeeres" (AZERKAVO) ["Working Group on the Study of the Culture and
                                       Religion of the Eastern Mediterranean"] 
  • 1989–1994              Profesor asociado: Facultad de Teología Pontificia y Civil de Lima, Perú

Additional Academic Activities

  • 2007–2010                Spokesperson for the working group of Catholic German-speaking Old Testament researchers 
  • 2005–2007                Member of the executive board of the cluster of excellence "Religion und Politik in der Moderne und Vormoderne" ["Religion and Politics in Modernity and
                                         Premodernity"], Muenster, Germany,  (until shift to University of Bonn)
  •                                      Project leader "Göttliche Gewalt in der Hebräischen Bibel" ["Divine Violence in the Hebrew Bible"]
  • 2012–present            Full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
  • 2012–present            Member of the Commission for Doctrine and Faith of the German Bishops' Conference
  •                                      Co-editor of the "Bonner Biblische Beiträge" (BBB)
  •                                      Co-editor of "Herders Biblischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament" (HThKAT)
  •                                      Co-editor of "Altes Testament und Moderne" (ATM)
  •                                      Member of the advisory board "Estudios Biblicos", Madrid, Spain
  •                                      Member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA)
  •                                      Guest professorships at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and at the Facultad de Teologia in Lima, Perú
  •                                     Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Third-Party Funding

  • Project leader "Divine Violence in the Hebrew Bible" in the cluster of excellence "Religion and Politics in the Modern as well as the Premodern Times", University of Muenster
    about 350,000 euros for that part of the project

Selected Publications

  • 2016. “‘Der Richter der ganzen Welt, sollte der nicht Recht üben?’ (Gen 18,25) Zur Einhegung der göttlichen Gewalt durch Gerechtigkeit und Recht.” In Informationes Theologiae Europae, edited by Ulrich Nembach, 13–28. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

  •  and Willem A.M. Beuken. 2016. Das Buch Jesaja. Eine Einführung. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

  •  2015. “Die dunklen Texte der Prophetie als Herausforderung für eine alttestamentliche Ethik.” In Mehr als Zehn Worte? Zur Bedeutung des Alten Testaments in ethischen Fragen, edited by Christian Frevel, 345–373. Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder.

  • 2015. Jesaja 49–54. Herders Theologischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament. Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder.

  • 2013. Die dunklen Seiten des guten Gottes. Zu Ambiguitäten im Gottesbild JHWHs aus religions- und theologiegeschichtlicher Perspektive. Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste – Vorträge: Geisteswissenschaften 443. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh.

  • 2010. Jesaja. Der Prophet und das Buch. Biblische Gestalten 22. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt. Engl. translation [Isaiah. The Prophet and his Book. Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2012].

  •  and Rudolf Hoppe. 2009. Arm und Reich. Neue Echter Bibel. Themen 10. Würzburg: Echter. Ital. translation [Il Povero e il Ricco nella Bibbia. Collana Biblica. Sezione I Temi della Bibbia 10. Bologna: EDB, 2011].

  • 2002. Klagelieder. Herders theologischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament. Freiburg in Breisgau: Herder.

  • 1998. Das Buch Jesaja. Komposition und Endgestalt. Herders biblische Studien 16. Freiburg in Breisgau: Herder. Engl. translation [The Book of Isaiah. Its Composition and Final Form. Hebrew Bible Monographs 46. Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2012].

  • 1989. Die Verwerfung Sauls. Eine thematische Untersuchung. Forschung zur Bibel 61. Würzburg: Echter.

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