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The article explores the meaning of personal piety for transformations in the concept of person in ancient Israel and its environment. Therefore, it clarifies the relevant terms such as P/personal piety („P/persönliche Frömmigkeit“), everyday religiosity („Alltagsreligiosität“), Family / Household / Domestic Religion, individual religiosity („individuelle Religiosität“). Traces of a personal piety known from Egypt are found in a Babylonian text from the middle of the 1st millennium BC (the lament of Nabû-šuma-ukîn) and in the Israelite psalms, especially Ps 27 and 42–43. Here, features of a „personal piety“ can be found such as the longing for closeness to God, the supplication for help from the personal God and an intimate relationship with Him, as well es new forms of addressing the interior: in Ps 27 the heart speaks, in Ps 42–43 the speaker talks to the own næpæš. Thus forms of „Personal piety“ proof to be important for the transformation of the concept of person.

In: Religionspraxis und Individualität
In: Religionspraxis und Individualität


The article is a contribution to the current discussion about the beginnings of prophetic books in ancient Israel. It investigates the significance of the so-called „Literary Predictive Texts“ (LPT) and the Neo-Assyrian prophecies for our understanding of the emergence of prophetic writings in Israel. TheLPTin particular had received only little attention so far. Tying in critically with some recent studies, this article compares the Marduk prophecy and the Neo-Assyrian tablet SAA9 3 with selected passages from the book of Amos (Amos 3–6* and Amos 6*). It concludes that in contrast to the Neo-Assyrian collective tablets the LPTcannot serve as appropriate analogies to early prophetic scrolls, but that they are helpful to understand the phenomenon of tradent prophecy.

In: Vetus Testamentum


Im Blick auf Gebrauch und Trägerkreise des Psalters in seiner formativen Phase wurden, in Variation, zwei unterschiedliche Positionen vertreten. Die eine sieht dem zweiten Tempel und seiner Liturgie nahestehende Kreise am Werk, die andere geht von der Tradierung in schriftgelehrten Kreisen und der privaten lectio continua eines „Lesepsalters“ aus. Der vorliegende Beitrag nähert sich der Frage nach Gebrauch und Tradentenkreisen des Psalters in seiner formativen Phase von außen und fragt nach einschlägigen Einsichten aus antiken Quellen, darunter den Textfunden vom Toten Meer, die weiteren Aufschluss über Gebrauch und Trägerkreise des Psalters geben können.

With regard to the use and compilers of the Psalter in its formative phase, two different positions are held in recent research. One finds the compilers among groups related to the second temple, its cult and liturgy, the other assumes the transmission of the psalter in scholarly circles, the Psalms being used in individual lectio continua. The present study explores the external evidence regarding the scribal culture in antiquity and especially the use of Psalms in the findings from the Judean desert that can provide further information about the use and compilers of the Psalter.

In: Biblische Zeitschrift
Hermeneutical Perspectives on Biblical and Modern Trauma Narratives
Trauma is a brief term for a complex phenomenon, a linguistic vessel for experiences that can hardly be put into speech. Its terminological vagueness has made the concept of Trauma a permanent guest in discourses beyond the clinical context. This volume offers a scholarly reflection to the hermeneutical foundations of the concept of Trauma: What do we mean by it? What different avenues of comprehension are open, given our varying cultural and linguistic backgrounds? And are we aware that understanding itself can be seen as an attempt to avoid Trauma’s gravity? These questions were discussed during the DFG funded international interdisciplinary conference “Readings of Trauma”, which took place in Marburg in April 2022 and brought together scholars from Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the USA and South Africa to compare their hermeneutical perspectives on Biblical and Modern Trauma Narratives through the lenses of theology, literature, psychology, and psychoanalysis.
Die Bedeutung von Persönlicher Frömmigkeit und Family Religion für das Personkonzept in der Antike
Der Band stellt die anthropologische Frage nach Transformationen des Personkonzepts von den vorderorientalischen Hochkulturen bis zur Spätantike in einem kulturübergreifenden und religionsgeschichtlichen Horizont. Nachdem die Artikulation von personaler Identität, von Individualität und von »inneren Tiefen« in der Vergangenheit oft erst in der Linie Platon – Paulus – Augustin angesetzt, sie der vorgriechischen Antike aber oft abgesprochen wurde, fragt der Band danach, welche Religionspraxis, gerade auch jenseits des offiziellen Kultes, in den Kulturen der vorhellenistischen Zeit für den Ausdruck von personaler Identität oder von Individualität von Bedeutung waren, was sich mit den Schriften eines Platon, Paulus oder Augustin tatsächlich geändert hat und welche anderen Faktoren in der Religionspraxis hierfür von Bedeutung waren.