Once More, in Case You Missed It: Collected Essays of Erhard Gerstenberger

Selected Writings of Erhard S. Gerstenberger, prof. em. of Old Testament, Marburg

There has been published by the University Library of Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, a large collection of essays by OT professor Erhard S. Gerstenberger written over the past 50 years. The volume comprising 718 pages unites 14 English essays, 1 Brazilian, and 27 German pieces published between 1961 and 2012, as well as an exhaustive bibliography of Gerstenbergers writings from 1961-2012. Edited by Prof. Ute E. Eisen (Giessen) and Prof. Christl M. Maier (Marburg) the work is entitled: Erhard S. Gerstenberger: Die Hebräische Bibel als Buch der Befreiung. Ausgewählte Aufsätze, 2012

URL free access – no charge, no registration: http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2012/8601

(„geb“ stands for “Giessener Elektronische Bibliothek”. You can also get to the volume by navigating through the website of Giessen University (www.uni-giessen.de). Print-copies available on demand by Universitätsbibliothek der Universität Gießen, online-shop.)

Erhard S. Gerstenberger, son of a coal-miner (Fritz) and his wife Anna, was born (1932) and raised at Duisburg-Rheinhausen. He studied Protestant theology at Marburg, Tübingen, Bonn, Wuppertal, and, after graduation, at Yale Divinity School (1959). Doctoral work with Martin Noth at Bonn (thesis: Wesen und Herkunft des ‘apodiktischen’ Rechts 1965; reprint: Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock 2009).

Having started teaching at Yale he moved back to Germany (1964) to become a parish minister at Essen. At the side: Habilitation work with Hans-Walter Wolff at Heidelberg (thesis: Der bittende Mensch, 1980; reprint: Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock 2009). From there he set out with his family (1975) to work in Brazil at the Faculdade de Teologia da IECLB, São Leopoldo, RS.

Back in Germany again (1981) he taught Old Testament at the Universities of Giessen and Marburg until his retirement (1997). His latest publications include Theologien im Alten Testament (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 2001; Engl. translation by John Bowden, Theologies in the OT, London / Minneapolis: T&T Clark / Fortress 2002) and Israel in der Perserzeit (Biblische Enzyklopädie 8; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 2005; Engl. translation by Siegfried S. Schatzmann, Israel in the Persian Period, Atlanta / Leiden: SBL Press / Brill 2012).

If you haven’t accessed this volume yet, you should.  It’s a goldmine.