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Ediert von Hans Rothe, Joze Krasovec and Majda Merse

Auch slovenische Übersetzungen der Bibel sind aus der Kultur des Imperium Romanum heraus entstanden, zuerst und vor allem der Reformation in Deutschland.
Zunächst veröffentlichte der lutherische Prediger Primož Trubar (1508-1586) seine Übersetzungen des Matthäus-Evangeliums und der Paulusbriefe (1555-1567), danach den Psalter (1566) sowie in zwei Teilen das ganze Neue Testament (1582). Ihm trat dann Jurij Dalmatin (ca. 1547-1589) mit Übersetzungen aus dem Alten Testament zur Seite: Jesus Sirach (1575), Pentateuch (1577) und die Sprüche Salomonis (1580). 1584 brachte er die ganze Bibel heraus, nachgedruckt 1968 und öfter. Alle diese Übersetzungen waren nach Luthers Bibel gemacht, unter Berücksichtigung der Vulgata und auch des griechischen Textes.
Hier werden zum ersten Mal die frühen Texte von Trubar und Dalmatin wieder als Facsimile nachgedruckt.

Exegese und Lebensform

Die Proömien der antiken griechischen Bibelkommentare


Matthias Skeb

The study examines the prefaces of the Greek biblical commentaries in Late Antiquity. It analyzes their formal position in the traditions of commenting and the theological interests of the Christian commentators. Special attention is paid both to re-examining the widespread opinion that these prefaces are dependent on the 'schemata isagogica' of the pagan schools of philosophy, and to the presentation of the theological identity of biblical commentators.
The three main chapters analyze the traditions of non-Christian proems, the commentaries of Origen and those of the exponents of Alexandrian and Antiochene exegesis.
The book provides interesting new insights into the formal aspects, motivation, relevance and hermeneutics of the commentaries as well as into the cultural transfer on which they are based.

Gottes Herrschaft

Eine Analyse der Denkschrift (Jes 6,1-9,6)


Thomas Wagner

This volume analyses the so-called 'Denkschrift' (Isa 6:1-9:6) by focussing on the image of God's Reign. It discusses the literary formation and shows that the idea of God's Reign is the red line connecting independent texts in former times.
The study focuses on the literary formation and on the images of God's Reign. Subjects included are the investigation of the literary form of Isa 6, comparisons with neo-assyrian prophecies and royal texts from Egypt and the discussion of literary form and origin of the messianic announcement in Isa 9.
The final description of the image of God's Reign gives a deeper insight in the development of theological ideas in ancient Israel and is useful for a closer view on Judah's history of religion between the 8th and 5th centuries B.C.E.


Salvatore Lilla

Ediert von Hubertus Drobner

This volume thoroughly analyses the Neoplatonic sources and background of Gregory of Nyssa's eight Homilies on the Beatitudes according to the most preeminent themes: human virtue, knowledge of God and Self, negative theology, God's sublimity, ἀπάθεια and ὁμοιώσις, the mutual relationship of the virtues, the Logos as physician, the essence of beauty, the contemplation of the universe, unification.
The study complements the first commentary of the homilies published in Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae vol. 52 and provides a deep and rich mine of specialised knowledge in a field that is particularly important for the understanding of Gregory's thought.

Jenseitshoffnung in Wort und Stein

Nefesch und pyramidales Grabmal als Phänomene antiken jüdischen Bestattungswesens im Kontext der Nachbarkulturen


Lothar Triebel

This monograph deals with two phenomena of ancient (hellenistic and roman times) Jewish burial customs: The use of the term “nefesh” for denoting a tomb-monument etc. and the use of the pyramid as a distinct feature of tomb architecture and of decoration of burial sites. Every instance of Jewish use of either the term or the pyramid will be analysed, as well as a couple of instances from neighbouring cultures and languages (especially Nabatea and Palmyra). The widespread opinion that “nefesh” denotes specifically a pyramid is to be falsified. Palestinian Jewish burial customs turn out to be deeply embedded into their semitic environment. Finally the hypothesis is advanced that the pyramid often symbolizes a concept of afterlife. About 50 plates with ca. 200 photos and drawings accompany the text.

Paulus, Die Evangelien und das Urchristentum

Beiträge von und zu Walter Schmithals. Zu seinem 80. Geburtstag herausgegeben


Ediert von Walter Schmithals and Cilliers Breytenbach

This volume contains the author’s ‘late harvest’ from the fruits of half a century scholarly research in the fields of the New Testament. The essays on Paul oppose the view of history held by the 'Tübingen School' (F.C. Baur), and point out the importance of literary criticism for the theological interpretation of the pauline letters. The essays on the Letter to the Hebrews assign the appropriate historical place within early Christianity to this New Testament book. The essays on the synoptic gospels force the crisis of synoptic form criticism, and give convincing reasons for the alternative solution concerning the origin of the synoptic tradition. Five contributions complete the author's 'Theologiegeschichte des Urchristentums' edited 1994. In the second part various prominent German New Testament scholars engage into a discussion with Schmithals’s contributions.

Das Frauenbild im Judentum der hellenistischen Zeit

Ein Beitrag anhand von Joseph und Aseneth


Angela Standhartinger

Each of the two reconstructed “oldest texts” of the intertestamental work, Joseph and Aseneth, presents a consistent picture with a coherent theology, but there are considerable differences between them. The image of women in each case serves to crystallise these differences, and their analysis opens a window not only on the texts but also on their social contexts. The author develops a method which allows close study of ancient literary images of women and of their effects on ancient readers. It is shown that the different images portrayed in the two versions correspond to differing trends in the pagan and Jewish environment and in Jewish-Hellenistic interpretations of the Bible. A controversy of social and theological importance emerges.

Laubhütte Davids und Wolkensohn

Eine auslegungsgeschichtliche Studie zu Amos 9,11 in der jüdischen und christlichen Exegese



Laubhütte Davids und Wolkensohn deals with the history of interpretation of Amos 9:11 — a passage which is regarded in both, Jewish and Christian tradition, as a messianic prediction.
The book examines its interpretation and impact in Qumran and Rabbinic Judaism as well as in the New Testament, the Church Fathers, the Middle Ages, the Reformation and in the scientific discussion up to the present. Special emphasis is laid on (a) its usage at the Apostolic Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15) and its influence on the formation of the Christian Church and (b) hitherto overlooked explicit and important interpretations of scholars such as Nicholas de Lyre, Luther, Mercerus, Miegius and Harenberg who have already made use of the rabbinic messianic interpretation of this passage. Besides, a new interpretation of Amos 9:11-15 in its historical Old Testament context is offered.

Das Selbstverständnis der jüdischen Diaspora in der hellenistisch-römischen Zeit

Aus dem Nachlaß herausgegeben und bearbeitet von P.W. van der Horst


van Unnik

Fifteen years after his death the last book by Willem Cornelis van Unnik (1910-1978) is now published. This great scholar presents here the results of his thorough investigation of self-definition in the Jewish diaspora of late antiquity. After an introductory chapter which includes a brief history of research, Van Unnik investigates the semantic field of the Greek term diaspora, the use of this word in the Septuagint and the New Testament, the history of the term in post-biblical Jewish and Christian writings, and the theological understanding of the term.
Van Unnik concludes that in Jewish circles living in the diaspora has always been regarded as an essentially negative and frightening phenomenon, much more so than many modern investigations would have us believe. The main text of this book. The main text of this book is completely from the pen of Van Unnik; only the footnotes were missing. The editor has added footnotes and an extensive biographical-bibliographical introduction and appendices.



This volume is a collection of essays by the author covering a period of twenty years and the most important groups of text in the New Testament. They are connected to each other by linking the interests and stimulus of modern linguistics and literary science to traditional historical- critical methods.