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Pots and Such from Qumran

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The Obituary of Klaus Koch

Via Thomas Römer

Nachruf auf Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Klaus Koch (*4. Oktober 1926 †28. März 2019)

Klaus Koch, Professor für Altes Testament und Altorientalische Religionsgeschichte, verheiratet mit der Ärztin Eva-Maria Koch, ist am 28. März 2019 im Alter von 92 Jahren verstorben. Geboren wurde er in Sulzbach/Thüringen. In der Vorlesung anlässlich seiner Emeritierung 1991 berichtete er von den Motiven, die ihn zum Theologiestudium führten, und den ersten Studienjahren. Es waren die Erfahrungen im elterlichen Pfarrhaus in Thüringen während des Kirchenkampfes ab 1933, die Bespitzelung, die Gefängniszeiten seines Vaters und dessen Amtsenthebung, die ihm zum Antrieb wurden, sich argumentativ mit Weltanschauungsfragen auseinandersetzen zu können. Gleich mit Ende des Krieges und nach kurzer Kriegsgefangenschaft, zum Wintersemester 1945, begann Klaus Koch mit dem Theologiestudium in Heidelberg. Zum Ende des Studiums hin wurde ihm klar, dass er nicht mehr einfach in die Thüringische Kirche wechseln konnte, einen Dienst in einer der „starren und festgefahrenen“ westdeutschen Kirchen hingegen vermochte er sich nicht vorzustellen. Das Angebot zur Promotion durch Gerhard von Rad schien ihm ein „Wink des Himmels“ zu sein. Und so begann seine so beeindruckende und das Fach Altes Testament so prägende Universitätslaufbahn – allerdings doch einschließlich einer kurzen Zeit im Pfarramt in Jena und dem Zweiten Theologischen Examen der Thüringischen Kirche (1954). 1957 erhielt er eine Diätendozentur in Hamburg, wurde 1960 Nachfolger von H.W. Wolff in Wuppertal und kam 1962 nach Hamburg zurück, wo er bis zu seiner Emeritierung lehrte.

Sein wissenschaftliches Œuvre, soweit man es denn zu überblicken vermag, lässt sich in vier großen Linien nachvollziehen. Unter der Überschrift „Tun-Ergehen-Zusammenhang“ und „schicksalwirkende Tatsfäre“ als Grundkategorien hebräischen Denkens lassen sich bereits seine Heidelberger Dissertation („ṣdq im Alten Testament. Eine traditionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung,“ 1953) und seine Erlanger Habilitationsschrift („Die israelitische Sühneanschauung und ihre historischen Wandlungen,“ 1956) fassen. Die Profeten-Bücher greifen diese Aspekte auf, zeugen zudem von seiner Neuausrichtung exegetischer Methoden. Hier, wie dann auch in dem Methodenbuch „Was ist

Formgeschichte,“ zeigt sich seine grundlegende Überzeugung, dass Untersuchung von Sprache stets mit der „implizit einbeschlossenen Anthropologie und Ontologie, also Systemen von Deutungsfeldern als Entwurf einer Weltsicht für die Mitglieder der Sprachgemeinschaft“ einhergeht.

Der dritte Arbeitsbereich Klaus Kochs war der der Apokalyptik. Titel wie „Ratlos vor der Apokalyptik“ stehen nicht nur für das fachliche Interesse, für das Gespür, hier einen vernachlässigten Bereich alttestamentlicher Forschung aufzugreifen, sondern auch für die Sprachfähigkeit Klaus Kochs.

Er konnte kurz und prägnant den Kern der Sache treffen und sogleich ein zutiefst einprägsames Schlagwort kreieren. Sein Interesse an der Apokalyptik konnte er so weit ausbauen, dass es 1969 bereits zu der Einrichtung einer „Arbeitsstelle zur Erforschung der profetischen und apokalyptischen Sprache und Literatur“ in Hamburg kam.

Schließlich sind seine religionsgeschichtlichen Forschungen zu nennen, die er breit aufstellte mit Blick auf Ägypten und Mesopotamien und die er, wie er selbst sagt, „großzügig“ auf Indien ausdehnte. Klaus Koch war zutiefst davon überzeugt, dass „sich vom hebräischen Denken her, wie mir scheint, gewichtige Anstöße für gegenwärtige christliche Selbstvergewisserung“ ergeben. Das ist seinen Schriften abzuspüren, das wurde in seinen Vorlesungen deutlich, in denen er den Gegenwartsbezug seiner Auslegung nicht scheute, und das verband er selbst dezidiert mit seiner religionsgeschichtlichen Forschung, die für ihn ganz konsequent in den interreligiösen Dialog mündete.

Folgt man der oben genannten Vorlesung, dann wird immer wieder deutlich, wie sehr das persönliche Gespräch, lange Diskussionsabende, Begegnungen und Auseinandersetzungen mit anderen Theologen, Philosophen und Religionswissenschaftlern seine Arbeit geprägt haben.

Klaus Koch zeichnete die sich hieraus ergebenden Entwicklungen in seinem theologischen Denken selbst nach; so der Weg von einer kerygmatischen hin zur historischen Sicht der Geschichte. Besonders wichtig waren ihm die Jahre „des Kreises“ in Heidelberg, der Exegeten und Systematiker umfasste und der bald, von Außenstehenden, als Pannenberg- Kreis bezeichnet wurde. An diesem Engagement um die Zusammenführung von Exegeten und Systematikern hat Klaus Koch bis in seine späten Hamburger Jahre festgehalten. Auch andere Kreise, wie der der „Nordelbier,“ und zahlreiche Kontakte über Landeskirchen- und Ländergrenzen hinweg, waren geprägt von dem Engagement und der Gesprächsfreude von Klaus Koch. Die Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der Universität Rostock verlieh ihm 1996 aufgrund seines herausragenden Engagements für die Lehre und den Wiederaufbau der Fakultät die Ehrendoktorwürde. In all dem besteht ein großes Erbe.

Der Theologische Fachbereich der Universität Hamburg gedenkt Klaus Koch in tiefer Anerkennung und herzlich zugeneigt.

Prof. Dr. Martina Böhm
Sprecherin des Fachbereichs

Prof. Dr. Corinna Körting
Geschäftsführende Direktorin
Institut für Altes Testament

 
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Jerome Brings the Heat

It is much harder to abstain from enjoying what you have than it is to regret what you have lost. — Jerome

 
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Congress Did Something Good Today

And I’m thrilled with it-

@Tinker_Bell_04 — House votes to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, closing ‘boyfriend loophole’. 33 Republicans opted to break party lines and vote for the bill backed by Reps. Karen Bass & Brian Fitzpatrick, the only @GOP lawmaker to cosponsor it. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Thank you, Congress.

 
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The Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge…

Posted this notice on their facebook page-

 
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Lucy Flores is Right, It’s Gross When People are Touched by Politicians

And sometimes it’s just downright icky.

NB- well apparently some of you sad and tragic people can’t spot sarcasm.  Bless your little, sad ignorant tragic hearts.  Life must be quite a burden.

 
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Someone Said Something Nice!

“Allow me to recommend to you a blog whose reading, if you can *filter off sarcastic political commentaries*, is, one of the best, and certainly the most useful biblical/theological blog:

It has more recommendations of good theological material than any other blog, it offers book reviews, it features great theological assessments of theological discoveries, and fair criticism of the hype of new theological discoveries, and it is overall a pleasure to read. I never met Dr. Jim West, the blogger of the blog, personally, but I really enjoy reading his theological commentaries and rants as I’m listening to a good old trusted pastor. It, the blog, and him, have helped me to shape my theological position. I can do no other thing than to recommend it.

Milton Almeida
Oklahoma

Thanks man!

(Me?  Sarcastic???)

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Nuh Uh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A New Edition of Nestle-Aland? BRING IT ON!

I hope it’s out soon.

 
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The Swiss Reformation at 500: Conference Announcement

Think “Reformation”, and the words Martin Luther, Wittenberg, 95 Theses, and 1517 spring to mind. But Luther was not the only Reformer, and Wittenberg was not the only city where the Reformation began. About 360 miles further south, in the Swiss city of Zurich, Huldrych Zwingli began his public ministry in January 1519, preaching sequentially through the Gospel of Matthew. Like Luther, Zwingli started out his career as a Catholic priest. Like Luther, Zwingli had studied the Bible extensively, in Zwingli’s case focusing on Erasmus’s Greek New Testament.

As he worked and preached in Zurich, Zwingli increasingly noticed the divergences between what the Bible said and the practices of the Catholic church of his day. Why did the Church say people had to abstain from meat during Lent? Where in the Bible did it say that clergy had to be celibate? Zwingli’s questions grew as did discussions in the city about the need for a Reformation in church practice and doctrine. By 1523, the Zurich magistrates authorized two major public debates between Zwingli and his colleagues and supporters on the one side, and defenders of traditional Catholicism on the other. The official process of Reformation had begun. By 1523, preachers in Zurich were to base themselves solely on Scripture for their sermons. By 1525, the Catholic Mass had been banned in Zurich’s territory.

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Reformation, and to highlight its enduring impact, the Meeter Center is hosting a two-day conference on Friday Sept. 13 and Saturday Sept. 14, 2019, at Calvin Theological Seminary. Speakers include Bruce Gordon (Yale), Amy Nelson Burnett (Nebraska-Lincoln), John Roth (Goshen), Jordan Ballor (Acton), and Esther Chung-Kim (Claremont-McKenna). The conference will also feature an exhibit of early printed books related to the Swiss Reformation and a re-enactment of the January 1523 disputation. Don’t miss it!

To register, please click here.

Via.

 
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The Bee Stings the Mediocre ‘Facebook Theologians’

brilliant theologian was reportedly able to condense the entirety of Scripture into a two-word Facebook comment Tuesday, instantly silencing all critics in the thread and garnering numerous “likes.”

The gifted exegete, going by the name “Kyle Bro” on the social media service, left the comment “Judge not,” followed by an authoritative period, under a friend’s post about sexual immorality in the church—stunning his friends and family with his intellectual clarity and theological acumen.

“I had no idea Kyle knew the Bible so well—I didn’t even know he was a Christian,” said an acquaintance of Bro’s who participated in the comment thread. “I was trying to argue that professing Christians should not be having sex outside of marriage. But he shut me right down. I even deleted my comments in shame after reading his and realizing how right he was.”

“Now I know that scriptural commands are no longer valid if someone feels like they’re being judged by them,” the acquaintance added. “I have Kyle Bro to thank for that.”

Bahahahahahaha.

 
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Politics and the False Dichotomy of Voting for the ‘Lesser of Two Evils’

Russell Moore is right when he writes, at the conclusion of an excellent essay-

When Christians face two clearly immoral options, we cannot rationalize a vote for immorality or injustice just because we deem the alternative to be worse. The Bible tells us we will be held accountable not only for the evil deeds we do but also when we “give approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32).  This side of the New Jerusalem, we will never have a perfect candidate. But we cannot vote for evil, even if it’s our only option.

Right, right, 1000 times right.

 
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Quote of the Day

“Listen to this saying, you cows of Bashan living on the hill of Samaria, exploiting the weak and ill-treating the poor, saying to your husbands, ‘Bring us something to drink!’ The Lord God has sworn by his holiness: Look, the days will soon be on you when he will use hooks to drag you away and fish-hooks for the very last of you; through the breaches in the wall you will leave, each one straight ahead, and be herded away towards Hermon -declares Yahweh.” (Amos 4:1-3)

Let the reader understand.

 
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New Trinitarian Ontologies

Conference Announcement: New Trinitarian Ontologies, Cambridge University

Theologians once studied the question of being so as to study the far greater question of God. Modern ontology has often attempted to build a towering structure of being, but, by failing to secure its foundations, has evacuated being into nothing. Yet if ontology cannot contain but rather points to God, then we may once more begin to investigate new approaches to metaphysics or ontology in imitation of the Trinity. We may witness today a great opportunity, one that is equally post-analytic and post-continental, to collaborate in the construction of new ontologies of the Trinity.

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Reason or Purpose?

We all hear folk say ‘God has a reason for everything’.  But maybe ‘reason’ isn’t really the best term.  Reason is a thing that people do and God isn’t a human person.  The Father is Spirit.

Reason is limited.  At least human reason is.  And when we attribute human limitations to God we make him less than he is.  Or at the very least we misrepresent him.   Indeed, all anthropomorphisms misrepresent God.

Perhaps, then, we should talk about God’s purpose for doing things rather than the reason he does things.  After all, God’s doings are God’s doings and they really don’t have to be reasonable to us in order for them to be right for God.

Accordingly, our saying that ‘God’s purpose in ____________________’ is, theologically speaking, far more accurate than ‘God’s reason for _____________________________’ is.

 
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Luther’s Language: Against Hanswurst

Luther’s language in Against Hanswurst is as violent as that of Duke Henry in the Rejoinder. Such violence, however, is not uncommon in the polemical literature of the sixteenth century. “Luther delighted less in muck than many of the literary men of his age; but if he did indulge, he excelled in this as in every other area of speech.” Men like Ulrich von Hutten, John Eck, St. Thomas More, William Shakespeare—to mention only a few—used words that sound peculiar, if not shocking, to the modern reader. “Nobody ever wore his heart more on his sleeve than Luther, and there for all to see are his fun and tenderness, his deep love of his family and his home, his mighty prayers, and the vulgarity which prevents us thinking of him as some stained-glass figure, or cloying his memory with sickly romanticism”.  Against Hanswurst was written between February 19 and April 4, 1541.*

Against Hanswurst is one of Luther’s most fun works.  Get a copy and read it.

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* Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 41: Church and Ministry III, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 41 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 183–184.

 
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