Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Israelite History in its Ancient Near Eastern Context

Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernd U. Schipper


Bernd U. Schipper has been teaching at the Humboldt University of Berlin since 2010. He previously held professorships at the universities of Bremen and Oldenburg and visiting professorships at the universities of Heidelberg and Harvard. His research interests include the history of ancient Israel, cultural contacts between Egypt and Israel in the 1st millennium BCE, and the Hebrew Bible and ancient Egyptian wisdom literature.

For his work on Egypt and the Hebrew Bible, Bernd Schipper was awarded an Advanced Grant of EUR 2.5 Mil. by the European Research Council in April 2021 (information on the associated research project can be found here).

His recent publications include the second edition of Geschichte Israels in der Antike published by Beck Wissen (2023), an Italian translation of the book (Storia di Israele nell'antichità, Claudiana, 2023), an edited volume on Elephantine in Context (Mohr Siebeck, 2022, with R.G. Kratz), a volume on Gerhard von Rad and the Study of Wisdom Literature (SBL Press, 2022, with T.J. Sandoval), and a monograph on The Hermeneutics of Torah (SBL Press 2021).

Bernd U. Schipper is a member of several international professional societies and has been an honorary member of the British Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS) since 2021. In August 2022 he was appointed president of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) for three years. Since November 1, 2022, Bernd U. Schipper has been Dean of the Faculty of Theology.


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