Bernd Janowski

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Bernd Janowski (* 30 April 1943 in Stettin) is a Protestant theologian and Old Testament scholar.

Janowski received his doctorate in 1980 on the topic of “Atonement as an Event of Salvation”. In 1984 he completed his habilitation in Tübingen with the topic “Rettunggewißheit und Epiphanie des Heils” (certainty of salvation and the epiphany of salvation). From 1986 to 1991 he taught in Hamburg and from 1991 to 1995 in Heidelberg. His inaugural lecture in the Old Auditorium of the University of Heidelberg was on the Servant Songs (Ebed JHWH Songs) of the Book of Deutero-Isaiah. From 1995 to 2012 he held the Chair of Old Testament with a focus on Old Testament Theology at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Tübingen, his successor as of 1 October 2012 being Martin Leuenberger. In 1996 he became a full member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.

He is married to Christine Janowski.


  • with Michael Welker: Jahrbuch für Biblische Theologie, vol. 6, Altes Testament und biblischer Glaube, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1991.
  • together with Friedrich Schweitzer and Christoph Schwöbel (eds.): Schöpfungsglaube vor der Herausforderung des Kreationismus (Theologie Interdisziplinär; 6). Neukirchen-Vluyn 2010 (documents a symposium of 2008).
  • As editor: texts from the environment of the Old Testament
  • The Listening Heart. Contributions to the Theology and Anthropology of the Old Testament, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 6, 2017.

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