Biography

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Appointments
Sine 2016 Member of the executive board of the Einstein Centre "Chronoi" for Ancient Studies to Deal with Time and Awareness of Time in Ancient Civilizations
Since 2004 Chair of Ancient Christianity, Humboldt University of Berlin
2006-2010 President, Humboldt University of Berlin
2000-2004 Chair of Historical Theology (Early Christianity and the Middle Ages) at Heidelberg University
1994-2000 Chair of Church History at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena
Calls to Chicago (2016: Christian Literature at the University of Chicago and Dean of the Chicago Divinity School), Tübingen (2003), Munich (2010) and Oxford (2011: Regius Chair of Divinity) were declined.
Education
1994 Habilitation, “Arianismus und Neunizänismus im lateinischen Westen“
Ordination
1991 Ph.D., University of Tübingen, “Valentinus Gnosticus?”
1988-1994 Lecturer at the Chair of Patristics, University of Tübingen
1981-1987 Studies of Theology, Classics, Archeology and Philosophy at the Universities of Marburg, Munich, the Pontifical University San Anselmo, Rome (Jerusalem Program) and the University of Tübingen
Academies
2017 Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
2012 Member of the Academia Ambrosiana (Milan)
Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz
2007 Corresponding Member of the German Archeological Institute
Member of the Academia Europaea
2006 Member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences
2003 Corresponding Member of the Heidelberger Academy of Sciences and Humanities
1999 Ordinary Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities
1996 Ordinary Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Erfurt and the Commission for Studies in Antiquity at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities
Fellowships
2016 EURIAS-Fellowship 2016/2017 at the Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University Jerusalem, acacdemic year 2016/2017, returning
2013 Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford
2012 Martin Buber Senior Fellow, Hebrew University Jerusalem
2011 Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study Princeton
2010 Stewart Visiting Research Scholar in the Humanities Council, Programm of Jewish Studies, University of Princeton
2009 Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford
2005 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University Jerusalem
1999 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University Jerusalem
1998 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Study)
Memberships
2017 Advisoray Board of the Max Weber Kolleg in Erfurt
2014 Member of the Board of Trustees of the German-Israeli Future Forum
2013 Knight of Justice of the Johanniter Order
2011 Member of the Academic Prize Committee of the Holberg International Memorial Prize
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Friede Springer Foundation
2010 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Hermann Kunst Foundation for the Promotion of New Testament Textual Research
2005 Member in the Collegiate of the Guardini College of the Guardini Foundation, Berlin
Representative of the German Research Community in the Standing Committee for the Humanities der European Science Foundation
Member of the Presidential Council of the charity “Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe”
Member of the Directorate of the "August Boeckh Antiquity Centre" at the Humboldt University in Berlin
2004 Member of the Theology Chamber of the Evangelical Church in Germany; Chairman since 2010
2002 Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation
1999 Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Institute “Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin”
Member of the Board of the Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Theologie (German Theology Society)
Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Evangelical Institute for the Study of Antiquities in the Holy Land (Jerusalem)
1998 Member of the Ecumenical Working Group of Protestant and Catholic Theologians in Germany
1995 Member of the Pfullingen Theological Working Group
Positions
2016 Dean of Theological Department of Berlin's Humboldt University
2016 Dean of the Johanniter Order
2015/2016 Vice Dean of Theological Department of Berlin's Humboldt University
2015 Head of the Institute for Church and Judaism - An Organisation of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Oberlausitz in the Theological Department of Berlin's Humboldt University
2014 Chairman of the Advisory Scientific Council of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation
2013 Spokesman for the interdisciplinary "Quote and Paraphrase" working group at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities
2012 Vice President der Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities
2011 Head of the Academy Project “Alexandrian and Antiochian Biblical Exegesis”
2010 Advisory Board of the Israel Democracy Institute
Chairman of the Chamber for Theology of the Evangelical Church in Germany
2006 Senator of the Leibniz Society
President of the Humboldt University in Berlin
2005 Spokesman of the interdisciplinary working groups "Welt als Bild" and "Bildkulturen" at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities
2003 Secretary of the Humanities Class at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities and Chairman of its Turfan Commission
2001 Ephorus of the Theological Institute in Heidelberg
1999 Chairman of the Foundation Board of the "Gertrud and Alexander Böhlig Foundation" in Stifterverband (innovation agency for the German science system)
1999 Head of the Academy project "The Greek Christian Writers"
1995 Ephorus of the theological seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thuringia
Awards and Honours
2017 Honorary Doctorate, Pontifical Lateran University, Patristic Institute Augustinianum, Rome, Italy
2011 Honorary Doctorate, University of Oslo, Norway
2010 Theological Award of the Salzburg University Week
2007 Honorary Doctorate, University of Sibiu, Romania
2001 Leibniz-Prize, DFG (German National Research Fund)
1994 Hanns-Lilje-Prize for the Advancement of Theology, Göttingen Academy of Sciences (1994)
1979 Third Prize, Competition on German History, Prize of the Federal President of Germany