Prof. dr. J.K. (Jürgen) Zangenberg

Position:
  • Full Professor Interpretation of the New Testament
Expertise:
  • Early Christianity, Gospel, ancient Judaism, Samaritans, archaeology of ancient Israel and Samaria


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2579
E-Mail: j.k.zangenberg@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Oude Geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.34
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2579
E-Mail: j.k.zangenberg@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Griekse T&C
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.34


C.V.

Since 10/2011  
09/2008–08/2010
Honorary Professorship at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Bucharest Academic
Director of Leiden Institute of Religious Studies (term ended August 31, 2010)
Since 09/2008 Additional appointment as Professor of Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University
Since 09/2006 Professor for New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature at Leiden University
2005-2006/7   Researcher for New Testament at Tilburg University
2003 Habilitation and Venia Legendi for New Testament Studies in Wuppertal
2000-2001 Humboldt Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University
1996-2004 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent for New Testament Studies in Wuppertal
1996 Ph.D. in New Testament Studies in Heidelberg
1983-1990 Study of Evangelische Theologie in Erlangen, Heidelberg and Edinburgh/Scotland including courses in Judaic Studies and classics in Heidelberg and Edinburgh
18/01/1964 Born in Erlangen, Germany

Other activities

  • Member of Societas Novi Testamenti Studiorum, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Conventus, NOSTER, Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie, Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, European Association for Biblical Studies, Deutscher Verein zur Erforschung Palästinas.
  • Extensive archaeological training and fieldwork as member of excavation teams to Callirhoe/Jordan (1986, German Protestant Institute of Archaeology in the Holy Land), Petra/Jordan (1992, Naturhistorische Gesellschaft Nuremberg) as volunteer.
  • Staff member with responsibility in teaching, fieldwork and publication in excavations teams to Sepphoris/Israel (1993-1994 and 1996-1997, Prof. Dr. Eric M. Meyers), Tel Kinrot/ Israel (1994, 1998 Prof. Dr. Volkmar Fritz).
  • Co-director of Kinneret Regional Project since 2001 (www.kinneret-excavations.org)
  • Director of the excavations at Horvat Kur, a sub-project of Kinnret Regional Project, since 2007, in 2010 discovery of a Byzantine Synagogue together with colleagues from Bern and Helsinki.

Research

Research on the New Testament has to open up new perspectives on an “old”, long-studied text. New insights can best be gained by “contextualizing the New Testament”, i.e. by reading it on the basis of a comprehensive approach to its original literary, religious, social and material environment within early Judaism and the ancient world. Currently, the Gospels of Matthew and John are in my particular NT focus.

In addition, the question of how to correlate texts and material culture in order to reconstruct ancient Jewish and early Christian life is of pivotal interest to me. I follow this topic in several different fields: ancient Jewish and Christian burial culture, Galilean village culture, the Samaritans and Qumran in the context of the Dead Sea region.

Since 2007, archaeological explorations at the Hellenistic-Byzantine village site of Horvat Kur and its surroundings are especially in the focus of my research. In cooperation with colleagues from the Leiden University Faculty of Archaeology and an international team of colleagues and volunteers under the auspices of Kinneret Regional Project (www.kinneret-excavations.org) new data are produced and interpreted about the development of rural Galilee at the time of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity.

Selected Publications

I. Books  

  • J. Zangenberg, SAMAREIA. Antike Quellen zur Geschichte und Kultur der Samaritaner in deutscher Übersetzung, Tübingen 1994 (TANZ 15).
  • Zangenberg, Frühes Christentum in Samarien. Topographische und traditionsgeschichtliche Studien zu den Samarientexten im Johannesevangelium, Tübingen 1998 (TANZ 27).
  • M. Labahn / J. Zangenberg (eds.), Zwischen den Reichen: Neues Testament und Römische Herrschaft. Vorträge auf der Ersten Konferenz der European Association for Biblical Studies, Tübingen 2002 (TANZ 36).
  • S. Alkier / J. Zangenberg (eds.), Zeichen aus Text und Stein. Studien auf dem Weg zu einer Archäologie des Neuen Testaments, Tübingen 2003 (TANZ 42).
  • K. Erlemann / K.-L. Noethlichs / K. Scherberich / J. Zangenberg (eds.), Neues Testament und Antike Kultur, 5 Volumes, Neukirchen-Vluyn 2004-2008.
  • J. Zangenberg / M. Labahn (eds.), Christians as a Religious Minority in a Multicultural City. Modes of Interaction and Identity Formation in Early Imperial Rome. Studies Based on Papers Presented on the Second Conference of the European Association for Biblical Studies (EABS) in Rome (June 2001), London und New York 2004 (JSNT.SS 268).
  • K. Galor / J.-B. Humbert / J. Zangenberg (eds.), Qumran - The Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Archaeological Interpretations and Debates. Proceedings of a Conference Held at Brown University November 17-19, 2002, Leiden / Boston 2006 (STDJ 57).
  • Galilee. A Region in Transition, Tübingen 2007 (WUNT 210).
  • H. v.d. Sandt / J. Zangenberg (eds.), Matthew, James and the Didache. Three Related Documents in their Jewish and Christian Context, Leiden / Atlanta 2008. 
  • P. Busch / J. Zangenberg, Des Cornutus’ Kompendium der Überlieferungen zur griechischen Theologie, Darmstadt 2010.
  • J. Zangenberg (ed.), Das Tote Meer. Kultur und Geschichte am tiefsten Punkt der Erde, Mainz 2010.
II. Selected Articles  
  • J. Zangenberg, Dynamis tou Theou. Das religionsgeschichtliche Profil des Simon Magus aus Sebaste, in: A.v. Dobbeler / K. Erlemann / R. Heiligenthal (eds.), Religionsgeschichtliche Studien zum Neuen Testament (FS Klaus Berger), Tübingen 2000, 519-540.
  • J. Zangenberg, Realizing Diversity. Reflections on Teaching Pagan Religion(s) in Late Hellenistic and Early Roman Palestine, in: M.C. Moreland (ed.), Between Text and Artifact. Integrating Archaeology in Biblical Studies Teaching, Atlanta 2003, 181-194.
  • J. Zangenberg, Gebeine des Apostelfürsten? Die angeblich frühchristlichen Gräber unter der Peterskirche in Rom, in: J. Zangenberg / M. Labahn (eds.), Christians as a Religious Minority in a Multicultural City. Modes on Interaction and Identity Formation in Early Imperial Rome. Studies Based on Papers Presented on the Second Conference of the European Association for Biblical Studies (EABS) in Rome (June 2001), London und New York 2004 (JSNT.SS 268), 108-138.
  • J. Zangenberg, Davids Sohn und der Messias. Konkrete und utopische Züge in Jesu „politischer Theologie“ nach Mk 12,35-37, in: C. Strecker (ed.), Kontexte der Schrift. Band 2: Kultur, Politik, Religion, Sprache -Text (FS Wolfgang Stegemann), Stuttgart u.a. 2005, 171-190.
  • J. Zangenberg, Between Jerusalem and the Galilee. Samaria in the Time of Jesus, in: J.H. Charlesworth (ed.), Jesus and Archaeology, Grand Rapids 2006, 393-432.
  • J. Zangenberg, Von Texten und Töpfen. Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von literarischen und materiellen Relikten antiker Kulturen bei der Interpretation des Neuen Testaments, in: M. Küchler / K. M. Schmidt (eds.), Texte - Fakten - Artefakte. Beiträge zur Bedeutung der Archäologie für die neutestamentliche Forschung, Fribourg / Göttingen 2006 (NTOA 59), 1-24.
  • J. Zangenberg, Region oder Religion? Überlegungen zum interpretatorischen Kontext von Khirbet Qumran, in: M. Küchler / K. M. Schmidt (eds.), Texte - Fakten - Artefakte. Beiträge zur Bedeutung der Archäologie für die neutestamentliche Forschung, Fribourg / Göttingen 2006 (NTOA 59), 25-67.
  • J. Zangenberg, Das Galiläa des Josephus und das Galiläa der Archäologie. Tendenzen und Probleme der neueren Forschung, in: C. Böttrich / J. Herzer (eds.), Josephus und das Neue Testament. Wechselseitige Wahrnehmungen. II. Internationales Symposium zum Corpus-Judaeo-Hellenisticum 25.-28. Mai 2006, Greifswald, Tübingen 2007 (WUNT I 209), 265-294.
  • J. Zangenberg, Pharisees, Villages and Synagogues in Matthew’s Galilee. Reflections on the Theological Significance of Matthew’s Geography of Galilee, in: V.A. Lehnert / U. Rüsen-Weinhold (eds.), Logos - Logik – Lyrik. Engagierte exegetische Studien zum biblischen Reden Gottes (Festschrift Klaus Haacker), Leipzig 2007 (ABG 27), 151-169.  
  • J. Zangenberg, „Buried According to the Customs of the Jews”. John 19,40 in its Material and Literary Context, in: G. Van Belle (ed.), The Death of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel. Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LIV, 2005, Leuven 2008 (BEThL 200), 873-894.
  • J. Zangenberg, Matthew and James, in: D. Sim / B. Repschinski (eds.), Matthew and his Contemporaries, London 2008 (Library of New Testament Studies 333), 104-122.
  • J. Zangenberg, Jesus - Galiläa - Archäologie. Neuere Forschungen in einer Region im Wandel, in: C. Claussen / J. Frey (eds.), Jesus und die Archäologie Galiläas, Neukirchen-Vluyn 2008 (BThSt 87), 7-38.
  • J. Zangenberg, Observations on the Function, Character and Location of the New Testament Toponym Gennhsare/t (Mk 6:53; Mt 14:34), in: R. Buitenwerf / H.W. Hollander / J. Tromp (eds.), Jesus, Paul and Early Christianity. Studies in Honour of Henk Jan de Jonge (NovT.S 130), Leiden 2008, 439-470.
  • J. Zangenberg, Collective Memory and Group Formation. Paul’s Methods of Christological Conflict Control, in: NTT 62 (2008), 271-283.
  • J. Zangenberg, „Common Judaism“ and the Multidimensional Nature of Material Culture, in: F. Udoh (ed.), Redefining First-Century Jewish and Christian Identities (FS Ed P. Sanders), Notre Dame 2008, 175-193.
  • J. Zangenberg, Trockene Knochen, himmlische Seligkeit. Todes- und Jenseitsvorstellungen in Qumran und im Alten Judentum, in: A. Berlejung / B. Janowski (eds.), Tod und Jenseits im Alten Israel und in seiner Umwelt. Theologische, religionsgeschichtliche, archäologische und ikonographische Aspekte, Tübingen 2009 (FAT 64), 655-689.
  • J. Zangenberg, A Conflict Among Brothers. Who were the hypokritai in Matthew?, in: Z. Rodgers / M. Daly Denton / A. Fitzpatrick McKinley (eds.), A Wandering Galilean. Essays in Honour of Seán Freyne, Leiden / Boston 2009 (JSJ.S 132), 561-588.
  • J. Zangenberg, Joseph und Aseneths Ägypten. Oder: Von der Domestikation einer gefährlichen Kultur, in: E. Reinmuth (ed.), Joseph und Aseneth, Tübingen 2009 (SAPERE 15), 159-186.
  • J. Zangenberg, De Archeologie van Qumran tussen regionaliteit en tekstvondsten, in: Met Andere Woorden 10/1 (2010), 13-26.
  • J. Zangenberg, Archaeological News from the Galilee. Tiberias, Magdala and Rural Galilee, in: Early Christianity 1 (2010), 3-14.
  • J.K. Zangenberg / D. Van de Zande, Art. Urbanization, in: C. Hezser (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine, Oxford 2010, 165-188.
Plus numerous articles for dictionaries and encyclopedias, as well as reviews.

III. Current Publication Projects    
  • J. Schröter / J. Zangenberg, Texte und Materialien aus der Umwelt des Neuen Testaments. Eine Neubearbeitung von Charles Kingsley Barrett / Claus-Jürgen Thornton, Texte zur Umwelt des Neuen Testaments, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 1991 (UTB 1591), Tübingen 2011.
  • J. Magliano-Tromp / J. Zangenberg (eds.), Elijah. A Prophet for All Times. Proceedings of the Leiden – Oxford – Bonn Colloquium on Biblical Studies, January 11-13, 2010 at Leiden University, Leiden / Boston 2012.
  • S. Münger / J. Pakkala / J. Zangenberg, Kinneret - An Urban Center at the Crossroads. Excavations on Iron Age IB Tel Kinrot at the Lake of Galilee, submitted for publication to: NEA 74 (2010).
  • J. Zangenberg, Pure Stone. Archaeological Evidence for Jewish Purity Practices in Late Second Temple Judaism (Miqwa’ot, Stone Vessels), in press for: C. Frevel / C. Nihan (eds.), Purity in Ancient Judaism and the Ancient Mediterranean World and the Forming of Religious Traditions, Leiden 2011.
  • J. Zangenberg, Fragile Vielfalt. Beobachtungen zur Sozialgeschichte Alexandrias in hellenistisch-römischer Zeit, in press for: BN 147 (2011).
  • J. Zangenberg, “Bodily Resurrection” of Jesus in Matthew?, in press for: W. Weren / H. v.d. Sandt /  J. Verheyden (eds.), Life beyond Death in Matthew’s Gospel: Religious Metaphor or Bodily Reality?, Leuven 2011.
  • J. Zangenberg, Zwischen Zufall und Einzigartigkeit. Bemerkungen zur jüngsten Diskussion über die Funktion von Khirbet Qumran und die Rolle einiger ausgewählter archäologischer Befunde, in press for: J. Frey / C. Claussen (eds.), Qumran und Archäologie, Tübingen 2011 (WUNT).

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