Bernhard Lang

Bernhard Lang
Universität Paderborn | UPB · Department of Catholic Theology

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September 1997 - March 2003
University of St Andrews
Position
  • Professor of Divinity
Description
  • I taught st the University of St Andrews from 1997 to 2003, and subsequently held an honorary professorship.
April 1985 - August 2011
Universität Paderborn
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
Description
  • I taught biblical studies in this department for most of my career.

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Publications (65)
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On the basis of an anthropological reading of a number of representative biblical passages—Deuteronomy 26, Judges 3, Daniel 2, and Revelation 20-21—it is suggested that the evidence fits best the notion of cyclical, repetitive history. Within the biblical cycle, the phase of transition, the “liminal” or “threshold period” from the (shorter) bad, to...
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Though well hidden, the theme of baptism informs the whole story of the raising of Lazarus (John 11). The note about Jesus’ sojourn at the very place where John the Baptist had previously been active (John 10:40-42) forms the introduction to the Lazarus story. Just as a musical clef dictates pitch, this passage announces the theme: baptism. Once re...
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L’invention de Dieu n’est pas un livre sur les origines de la religion humaine, origines qui se perdent dans la préhistoire de l’humanité. Le dieu dont l’auteur recherche l’invention est celui de la Bible - le Dieu Yahvé ou Yahou, qui, lors de son histoire, est devenu Dieu tout court. Pour comprendre cette « invention », il faut prendre en compte l...
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The story of the first sin, committed by Adam and Eve in paradise, has not only attracted the attention of biblical scholars. Philosophers have also shown much interest in the story. Study of the relevant work of Kant, Tillich and Ricæur reveals two opposing ways of philosophically reading the biblical story and similar myths about the fate of the...
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What is life in heaven like? On which grounds are people admitted to celestial bliss? When studying the answers, we discover not one uniform set of Christian ideas, but a range of significant variations and emphases that challenge the historian to collect, analyze, and interpret the sources and thus contribute to social and cultural history. Gary S...
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Welche Ergebnisse eine an Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie orientierte Exegese erzielen kann, wird in zwei Skizzen gezeigt, die uns das ältere Israel als kriegerische Kultur und das klassische Israel der Propheten als nativistische Kultur verstehen lassen. Die geistige Welt des kriegerischen Israel wird an der Gestalt Simsons verdeutlicht (Ri 13-16)...
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Originally, the passage known as the (Deuteronomic) Decalogue comprised only five commandments: to worship God exclusively, not to make idols, not to serve deities, not to misuse the name of God, and to honour one's parents. Subsequently, this pentalogue was enlarged by 〉civil〈 commandments to form a series of ten items. Eventually, the injunction...
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The shift from the essentially polytheistic Israelite worldview to the basically monolatric and monotheistic religion of biblical orthodoxy is still seen as a major problem of the history of religions, for there is no generally accepted explanation to account for the change. As the present article argues, this shift can be elucidated with the help...
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The shift from the essentially polytheistic Israelite worldview to the basically monolatric and monotheistic religion of biblical orthodoxy is still seen as a major problem of the history of religions, for there is no generally accepted explanation to account for the change. As the present article argues, this shift can be elucidated with the help...
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Major topics that feature in the capable wife's portrait in Prov. xxxi 10-31 - domestic manufacture of clothing, female responsibility for food, and the upper-class wife's supervision of the slaves' indoor work - can also be illustrated from Xenophon's "oeconomicus", a fourth-century B.C.E. Greek manual of estate management. This treatise also expl...
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On Earth As It Is In Heaven: Temple Symbolism in the New Testament. By BarkerMargaret, Edinburgh, T&T Clark, 1995. Pp. xv + 86. £8.95. - Volume 51 Issue 3 - Bernhard Lang
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On the basis of a newly published palaeo-Hebrew ostracon dating from the late seventh century BCE it is suggested that the Deuteronomic version of the Decalogue does not include references to divine commandments given earlier (Deut. 5.12, 'observe the sabbath day... as the Lord your God commanded you'; 5.16, 'honour your father and your mother, as...
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The pleasures of heaven in Renaissance thought : a little known chapter of Christian history In Heaven : A History (New Haven : Yale University Press, 1988), Colleen McDannell and the author have distinguished two answers to the question of what eternal life will be like in heaven. For the Middle Ages, eternal happiness consisted in the vision of G...
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Die christliche Erwartung des eigentlichen, höchsten und endgültigen Glücks im Jenseits hat sich in der Bezeichnung derer niedergeschlagen, denen es zuteil wird. Sie werden lateinisch als beati bezeichnet: als „die Glücklichen“ schlechthin oder, wie es sich im deutschen Sprachgebrauch eingebürgert hat, als die Seligen; französisch les bienheureux....
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Irving M. Zeitlin, Ancient Judaism. Biblical Criticism from Max Weber to the Present. Oxford, Polity Press, 1984, pp. Ix + 314. £19.50.Mohan Wijayaratna, Le Moine Bouddhiste selon les textes du Theravǎda. Paris, Les Éditions du Cerf, 1983, pp. 188.Peter Pfandt, Mahayana Texts Translated into Western Languages. Leiden, Brill, 1983, pp. 167.Edmund Le...
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Traducción de: Heaven, A History Historia de las imágenes de las que se han servido los cristianos para describir lo que sucede después de la muerte, una vez que el tiempo se para y comienza la eternidad infinita. Es un estudio de las sociedades y las culturas de los existen en la poesía, el arte y la cultura popular.

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