Prof. Dr.Jan Christian Gertz

Full Professor of Old Testament Studies / Hebrew Bible


Kisselgasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 6221/5433-09
E-Mail: jan.gertz@ts.uni-heidelberg.de

Office hours during the lecture period:
Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
only after prior registration via E-Mail: sekretariat.gertz@ts.uni-heidelberg.de

Personal Information

Born in 1964 in Hannover, Germany

Porträt: Prof. Dr. Jan Christian Gertz

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2020 full member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
  • 2012-2013 Fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • 2011 Offer of a chair at the University of Tübingen (declined)
  • 2009 Offer of a chair at Humboldt University of Berlin (declined)
  • 2007/08 Member in Residence at the Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI), Princeton NJ
  • Since 2004 Full Professor of Old Testament Studies/Hebrew Bible at the University of Heidelberg
  • 2000-2004 Full Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archaelogy at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Mainz
  • 1999 Heisenberg fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 1999 Fellow of the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology in Amman/Jordan
  • 1998 Habilitation in Old Testament Studies in Göttingen
  • 1994–1999 Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Mainz
  • 1993 Dr. theol. University of Göttingen
  • 1990–1993 Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Göttingen
  • 1990 First theological exam in Hannover
  • 1983–1990 Studies of Theology, Philosophy and Ancient Near Eastern
  • Languages at the Universities of Bonn, Vienna and Hamburg

Most Important Publications

  • Die Gerichtsorganisation Israels im deuteronomischen Gesetz (FRLANT 165), Göttingen 1994
  • Tradition und Redaktion in der Exoduserzählung. Untersuchungen zur Endredaktion des Pentateuch (FRLANT 186), Göttingen 2000
  • Abschied vom Jahwisten. Die Komposition des Hexateuch in der jüngsten Diskussion, hg. von J.C. Gertz, K. Schmid, M. Witte (BZAW 315), Berlin – New York 2002
  • Grundinformation Altes Testament, UTB 2745, hg. von J.C. Gertz gemeinsam mit A. Berlejung, K. Schmid und M. Witte, Göttingen 2006, 6. überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage 2019
  • The Formation of the Pentateuch. Bridging the Academic Cultures of Europe, Israel, and North America, hg. von J.C. Gertz, B.M. Levinson, D. Rom-Shiloni, K. Schmid (FAT 111), Tübingen 2016
  • Das erste Buch Mose (Genesis). Die Urgeschichte Gen 1-11, ATD 1, Göttingen 2018, 2. durchges. Aufl. 2021
  • Studien zum Buch Genesis, FAT 175, Tübingen 2023
  • Genesis 1-11, HCOT, Leuven 2023

    Full BibliographyHeiBiB

Areas of Specialization in Teaching and Research

  • Literary history of the Old Testament
  • Ancient near eastern and biblical history of law
  • Pentateuch
  • Biblical Prehistory

Administration, Service to the Field

  • 2019-2020 Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Theology
  • 2017-2021 Chairman of the Old Testament section in the Academic Society for Theology (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie e.V.)
  • Since 2016 DFG Review Board Theology
  • Since 2011 Scientific Advisory Board, with Markus Hilgert, Bernd Schneidmüller, Melanie Trede and Christian Witschel of the of the book series “Materiale Textkulturen”, de Gruyter Publishers, Berlin
  • 2013–2019 Equal Opportunities Ombudsman of the Faculty of Theology
  • 2011–2018 Deputy Speaker of the SFB Collaborative Research Centre 933 “Material Text Cultures. Materiality and Presence of Writing in Non-Typographic Societies” and project leader of C02 “Tales of the Scriptural as the Basis of a 'Textual Anthropology' of the Old Testament”
  • 2010–2016 Member of the DFG Senate Committee on Research Training Groups and the DFG Grants Committee on Research Training Groups
  • 2008–2014 Steering Committee Society of Biblical Literature (Pentateuch-Group)
  • 2008–2010 Dean of the Faculty of Theology
  • 2006–2019 Personal Tutor of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • 2006–2012 Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Heidelberg Foundation
  • 2006–2010 Director of the International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH)
  • 2003–2005 Member of the SFB Collaborative Research Centre 295 „ Cultural and linguistic contacts: Processes of change and their historical dimensions in North Eastern Africa and West Asia“ and project leader A11 “Ancient Near East Treaty Law”
  • 1998–1999 Vicar (extra-occupational) at the Protestant-Lutheran St. Jacobi parish in Göttingen (2006 ordained in Baden)

Supervision of doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (habilitation)


Course Materials can be found on Moodle.
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