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Full Professorship for Bible and Its Jewish Exegesis
University of Potsdam

Date Posted Jul. 29, 2019
Title Full Professorship for Bible and Its Jewish Exegesis
University University of Potsdam
Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Department School of Jewish Theology
Application Deadline Aug. 23, 2019
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2020
  • Professor
  • Religion and Theology

The unique School of Jewish Theology, created in 2013 as part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Potsdam, invites applications for the following professorship, with the appointment planned for October 1, 2020: Full Professorship for Bible and Its Jewish Exegesis

The successful candidate will represent the entire field of the Hebrew Bible in teaching and research. This requires engaging the text, tradition, and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible from a theological perspective. The professor will place the Bible in the context of its historical, social, religious, and cultural origins and environments, taking traditional Jewish Bible receptions into account as complementing historical-critical approaches.

The professor’s responsibilities include teaching in the various degree programs in Jewish theology (among them an English-language MA) as well as the supervision of doctoral dissertations and habilitation theses (post-doctoral dissertation). Responsibilities also include active participation in the University’s self-governing administrative bodies. The professor will cooperate with the departments of Jewish and Religious Studies, Life Orientation-Ethics-Religion (L-E-R), the forum "Religion in Context", as well as with the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg. Moreover, cooperation with our program in Biblical Archaeology is desirable.

Prerequisites for the appointment are demonstrable teaching qualifications; a Habilitation or an equivalent record of research in the fields of Hebrew Bible, Jewish or Judaic Studies as well as experience acquiring third-party project funding and organizing academic conferences. Applicants shall be members of a Jewish congregation. Non-native speakers are expected to acquire sufficient skills to function in the German academic environment over a transition period of two years.

Applications (with a presentation of your research interests, curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates and documents, a list of publications, a list of courses taught, a list of externally funded projects) should be sent (in a single PDF file) to the University of Potsdam at If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Walter Homolka:

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  • Prof. Dr. Walter Homolka
    School of Jewish Theology
    University of Potsdam
    Am Neuen Palais 10 / Haus 02
    Potsdam 14469


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