Hans-Josef Klauck

Hans-Josef Klauck (born 1946) is a German-born theologian, religious historian, and Franciscan priest. He is Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Hans-Josef Klauck
Hermeskeil/Trier (Germany)
TitleNaomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christian Literature
Academic background
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
Thesis (1977)
Doctoral advisorJoachim Gnilka
Academic work
New Testament studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago



Klauck studied in Münster and Bonn (Germany) and received his Doctorate of Theology degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany in 1977. He completed his Habilitation (Dr. habil.) at the University of Munich, Germany in 1980. Klauck received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2008.[1] Professor Klauck was the 2003–04 president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.[2] Having taught at the University of Chicago between 2001-2016, Professor Klauk retired in the Summer of 2016 and became Emeritus faculty.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Hans-Josef Klauck is one of the most prolific New Testament scholars today, and has worked extensively on topics such as the parables of Jesus, Paul’s Corinthian correspondence, and the Johannine letters. He has also specialized in the religious and social history of the Greco-Roman world as a necessary background to New Testament studies.

Klauck is the editor of Herders Biblische Studien and Stuttgarter Biblische Studien; coeditor of Hermeneia, Evangelische-Katholische Kommentar zum Neuen Testament and Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament; New Testament area editor for the new edition of Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart; and the main New Testament editor of "Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception".

Selected worksEdit


Klauck has authored over thirty books and over 250 articles. His most recent books include:

  • Klauck, Hans-Josef (2000). The Religious Context of Early Christianity: A Guide to Graeco-Roman Religions. Studies of the New Testament and its World. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567086938. OCLC 59430516.
  • ——— (2000). Magic and Paganism in Early Christianity: The World of the Acts of the Apostles. Edinburgh, Scotland: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567087492. OCLC 44737102.
  • ——— (2000). Dion von Prusa: Olympische Rede oder über die erste Erkenntnis Gottes.
  • ——— (2002). Apokryphe Evangelien: Eine Einführung. Stuttgart: Verlag Katholisches Bibelwerk. ISBN 9783460330221. OCLC 50994826.
  • ——— (2002). Anknüpfung und Widerspruch. Das frühe Christentum in der multireligiösen Welt der Antike.
  • ——— (2003). Religion und Gesellschaft im frühen Christentum. Neutestamentliche Studien. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. 152. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. ISBN 9783161478994. OCLC 51770649.
  • ——— (2003). Apocryphal gospels : an introduction. New York: T & T Clark International. ISBN 9780567083906. OCLC 727069158.
  • ——— (2006). Ancient Letter Writing and the New Testament: A Guide to Context and Exegesis. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. ISBN 9781429418393. OCLC 77011211.
  • ——— (2008). Die apokryphe Bibel. Ein anderer Zugang zum frühen Christentum. Tria corda. 4. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. ISBN 9783161496868. OCLC 939245533.


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