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Prof. Dr. Christoph Levin Emeritus

Prof. Dr. Christoph Levin, Emeritus

Institute of Old Testament Studies




Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Faculty of Protestant Theology
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 Munich

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 3479
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 3037

Website: German Website


Prof. Christoph Levin was born in 1950. From 1969 to 1975 he studied Theology in Tübingen, St. Andrews, Marburg, and Göttingen. 1977-1991 he was Assistant Lecturer at the University of Göttingen. In 1995 he received a call as Professor for Biblical Studies at the University of Gießen. Since 1998 he is a tenured professor at the University of Munich.

Christoph Levin is head of the Department of Old Testament Theology, University Chaplain, Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology, President of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT), and corresponding member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.

Research Fields

  • History of Old Testament Literature
  • History of Ancient Israel and Judah
  • History of Ancient Israelite Religion, Theology of the Old Testament
  • Hermeneutics

Main Publications

  • Die Verheißung des neuen Bundes in ihrem theologiegeschichtlichen Zusammenhang ausgelegt, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1985 (Korean translation 2006).
  • Der Jahwist, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1993 (Korean translation 2006).
  • Das Alte Testament, München: C.H.Beck, 2001, 2nd edition 2003, 3rd edition 2006 (translation into Italian 2004, Japanese 2004, Korean 2006).
  • English translation: The Old Testament: A Brief Introduction, translated by Margaret Kohl, Princeton N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005.
  • “The Poor in the Old Testament: Some Observations,” Religion & Theology 8 (2001), 253–273.
  • Fortschreibungen: Gesammelte Studien zum Alten Testament, Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2003 (= collected exegetical essays).
  • “Die Entstehung der Bundestheologie im Alten Testament,” Nachrichten der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Phil.-hist. Klasse 2004, 89–104.
  • “The ‘Word of Yahweh’: A Theological Concept in the Book of Jeremiah,” in: Michael H. Floyd, Robert D. Haak (ed.), Prophets, Prophecy, and Prophetic Texts in Second Temple Judaism, New York and London: T & T Clark International 2006, 42–62.
  • “The Yahwist and the Redactional Link between Genesis and Exodus,” in: Thomas B. Dozeman, Konrad Schmid (ed.), A Farewell to the Yahwist? The Composition of the Pentateuch in Recent European Interpretation, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature 2006, 131–141.
  • “The Yahwist: The Earliest Editor in the Pentateuch,” Journal of Biblical Literature 126 (2007), 209–230.
  • “Die Frömmigkeit der Könige von Israel und Juda,” in: Juha Pakkala, Martti Nissinen (ed.), Houses Full of All Good Things: Essays in Memory of Timo Veijola, Helsinki: Finnish Exegetical Society, and Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008, 129–168.