My Teaching and Research Interests
My primary research interest is the Old Testament in its Ancient Near Eastern environment. The Hebrew Bible and with it Ancient Israelite religion did not develop and was not written and edited in one piece or separate from its cultural neighbours. To the contrary, many Old Testament texts show a marked affinity to Ancient Near Eastern literature known from
My current research focuses on the relationship between disability and religion throughout history. In this context I have studied the situation of disabled people in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, as well as the relationship between forgiveness and sin in the New Testament regarding various healing episodes. At the centre of each investigation stands the question how health care issues and their presumed divine implications are impacting the actual life of the disabled persons. As part of my further research, I am going to examine Buddhism and Shintoism and their relation to medicine. Some results of this initial research have been published in various journals (see publications).
My teaching interests reflect my research interest and past publications. I have previously taught “Medicine in Ancient Israel” as well as a general introduction into “Ancient Near Eastern Religions”, both at