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Jürgen Zangenberg

Professor of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

Name
Prof.dr. J.K. Zangenberg
Telephone
+31 71 527 2579
E-mail
j.k.zangenberg@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Research

Many different cultures shaped what we now call the Ancient Mediterranean World. Next to Greeks and Romans, Jews and Christians deeply influenced our Western way of perceiving ourselves and the many worlds around us. As Professor for Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, my research focuses on the place of ancient Jewish communities in the Greco-Roman context, their self-definition as cultural and ethnic minority, their literature and material culture, and on how early Christianity originated from its Jewish and Greco-Roman matrix and slowly developed its peculiar way of life and thought.

Material culture always plays an important role in this context, above all research in places and regions like Jerusalem, Rome, Qumran, the Galilee or Samaria with their many cultures, but also social-religious institutions such as early churches or ancient synagogues. It is a particular privilege to be able to excavate an unexplored Galilean synagogue with students and colleagues from Leiden, Bern, Helsinki and Wofford College and many other volunteers in the context of Kinneret Regional Project (www.kinneret-excavations.org). New finds always produce new insights and new questions. 

C.V.

Since 2014 Professor for the History and Culture of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity at the Leiden University Institute of History and the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society
Since 10/2011 Honorary Professorship at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Bucharest Academic 
09/2008–08/2010 Director of Leiden Institute of Religious Studies (term ended August 31, 2010) 
Since 09/2008 Additional appointment as Professor of Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University
Since 09/2006 Professor for New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature at Leiden University
2005-2006/7 Researcher for New Testament at Tilburg University
2003 Habilitation and Venia Legendi for New Testament Studies in Wuppertal
2000-2001 Humboldt Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University
1996-2004 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent for New Testament Studies in Wuppertal
1996 Ph.D. in New Testament Studies in Heidelberg
1983-1990 Study of Evangelische Theologie in Erlangen, Heidelberg and Edinburgh/Scotland including courses in Judaic Studies and classics in Heidelberg and Edinburgh
18/01/1964 Born in Erlangen, Germany

 

Other activities

  • Member of Societas Novi Testamenti Studiorum, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Conventus, NOSTER, Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie, Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, European Association for Biblical Studies, Deutscher Verein zur Erforschung Palästinas.
  • Extensive archaeological training and fieldwork as member of excavation teams to Callirhoe/Jordan (1986, German Protestant Institute of Archaeology in the Holy Land), Petra/Jordan (1992, Naturhistorische Gesellschaft Nuremberg) as volunteer.
  • Staff member with responsibility in teaching, fieldwork and publication in excavations teams to Sepphoris/Israel (1993-1994 and 1996-1997, Prof. Dr. Eric M. Meyers), Tel Kinrot/ Israel (1994, 1998 Prof. Dr. Volkmar Fritz).
  • Co-director of Kinneret Regional Project since 2001 ( www.kinneret-excavations.org)
  • Director of the excavations at the Roman-Byazantine village at Horvat Kur/Galilee, a sub-project of Kinnret Regional Project, since 2007, in 2010 discovery of a Byzantine synagogue, excavations with colleagues from Bern, Helsinki and Wofford College (USA) (www.kinneret-excavations.org).

 

Professor of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Oude Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.34

Contact

Professor of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Griekse T&C

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.34

Contact

Publications

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