Wolfram Kinzig
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Prof. Dr. Wolfram Kinzig

University of Bonn
Faculty of Protestant Theology2
Department of Church History
Am Hof 1
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7331

Current Position

  • Professor for Church History (Early Church), C4


In his research Wolfram Kinzig focuses 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 for 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, Germany
  • 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 (DAAD)
  • 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

see: https://www.alte-kirchengeschichte.uni-bonn.de/kinzig/biographie-1 22

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

  • 2017. Neue Texte und Studien zu den antiken und frühmittelalterlichen Glaubensbekenntnissen. Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte 132. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  • 2017. Faith in Formulae. A Collection of Early Christian Creeds and Creed-Related Texts. 4 Vol. Oxford Early Christian Texts. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • 2017. “Monarchianismus und Monarchie. Überlegungen zum Zusammenhang zwischen Theologie und Politik im 2. und 3. Jahrhundert.” In Monarchische Herrschaft im Altertum, edited by Stefan Rebenich, 451–473. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  • 2016. “Herrschaft und Bekenntnis. Überlegungen zur imperialen Normierung des christlichen Glaubens in der Spätantike.” Historische Zeitschrift 303: 621–642.

  • 2015. Einleitung. In Kyrill von Alexandrien I – Gegen Julian, Teil 1: Buch I–V, edited by Christoph Riedweg, LXIV–LXXXII, CIX–CLXXV. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  • 2003. “Wirtschaft/Wirtschaftsethik, V. Kirchengeschichtlich, V/1. Alte Kirche.” In Theologische Realenzyklopädie 36, edited by Gerhard Müller, 147–153. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  • and Martin Wallraff. 2002. “Das Christentum des dritten Jahrhunderts zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit.” In Das Christentum I. Von den Anfängen bis zur Konstantinischen Wende, edited by Dieter Zeller, 331–388. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

  • and Markus Vinzent. 1999. “Recent Research on the Origin of the Creed.” Journal of Theological Studies 50: 535–559.

  • 1998. “Römisches Recht und Unrecht in der Predigt der Alten Kirche.” In Recht, Macht, Gerechtigkeit, edited by Joachim Mehlhausen, 407–437. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus.

  • 1993. “ʻTrample upon me...’ The Sophists Asterius and Hecebolius – Turncoats in the Fourth Century A.D.” In Christian Faith and Greek Philosophy in Late Antiquity. Essays in Tribute to George Christopher Stead, edited by Lionel R. Wickham and Caroline P. Bammel, 92–111. Leiden: Brill.

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