Born 1960 in Tübingen, Germany; 1977–1981 focused on biblical studies and Greek at Milligan College in Tennessee (B.A.); 1981–1982 special language studies at Butler University in Indianapolis; 1982–1986 Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary; after two years in Tübingen and Heidelberg on a Fulbright Grant (1986–1988), did the Ph.D. degree at Princeton Theological Seminary (1988–1992; awarded 1994).
Taught at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 1992–1994 (Wiss. Ang., Wiss. Asst.), then as Lecturer, (1994–1999), Reader (1999–2003), and B. F. Westcott Chair in Biblical Studies (2003–2009) at Durham University UK. Came to LMU in 2012 after being Richard Dearborn Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary (2009–2012). In addition, has honorary professorships at Durham University UK (since January 2010) and University of Aarhus (since April 2011), and was Lady Davis Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (spring 2012).
Primary or Co-Supervisor for 28 Ph.D. successful degree candidates, member of dissertation committees for three further completed Ph.D.’s.
Member of the Disciples of Christ/Independent Christian Churches, in which he was ordained to ministry in 1982.
Focus of Research
- Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature from the Second Temple period.
- New Testament theology, especially theological anthropology, the problem of evil, “apocalyptic” thought, and the understanding of God.
- The study of Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, and Classical Ethiopic Texts relating to the Second Temple period.
- Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS)
- Society of Biblical Literature
- European Association of Jewish Studies
- Enoch Seminar