Karl Matthäus Woschitz

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Karl Matthäus Woschitz (* 19 September 1937 in Sankt Margareten im Rosental) is an Austrian Catholic theologian.


Woschitz received his Matura in 1955 in Tanzenberg, Deutsch-Griffen. He received his doctorate in 1963 with the dissertation Prinzip Hoffnung – Mysterium Hoffnung. Ernst Bloch’s ontology of not-yet-being and a Christian metaphysics of hope at the University of Innsbruck, was ordained priest in Klagenfurt in 1961 and appointed professor at the University of Graz. After 1971 he taught in Salzburg and Innsbruck and at various universities in Austria and Germany. In 1978 he was awarded the Cardinal Innitzer Promotion Prize for Theology

From 1989 to 1991 Woschitz was Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Graz. Pope John Paul II appointed him Honorary Prelate of His Holiness in 1995. He was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st Class in 1996. He was Vice-Dean of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts Class VII – World Religions since 1994 and a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2001.

Karl Woschitz is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology and Religious Studies and was Director of the Institute for Religious Studies at the University of Graz from 1984 to 2005. Today he is rector of the Christkönigskirche in Klagenfurt.

Writings (selection)

  • Elpis, Hope. History, Philosophy, Exegesis, Theology of a Key Concept. Herder, Vienna/Freiburg/Basel 1979, ISBN 3-210-24575-4 (also Habilitationsschrift, Graz 1978).
  • De homine. Ways of existence. Reflections, contours, metamorphoses of the ancient image of man. Verlag Styria, Graz/Wien/Köln 1984, ISBN 3-222-11519-2.
  • Renewal from the Eternal. Waysof thinking – ways of believing in antiquity and Christianity according to Revelation 1-3. Herder, Vienna/Freiburg/Basel 1987, ISBN 3-210-24883-4.
  • with Manfred Hutter and Karl Prenner: Das manichäische Urdrama des Lichtes. Studies on Coptic, Middle Iranian and Arabic Texts. Herder, Vienna 1990, ISBN 3-210-24962-8.
  • with Maximilian Liebmann and Erich Renhart: Metamorphosen des Eingedenkens. Gedenkschrift der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz 1945-1995. Verlag Styria, Graz/Wien/Köln 1995, ISBN 3-222-12359-4.
  • Fons vitae – Source of Life. Sinn- und Symbolgeschichte des Wassers (= Research on European Intellectual History. Volume 3). Herder, Vienna/Freiburg/Basel 2003, ISBN 3-451-28104-X.
  • Parabiblica. Studies on Jewish literature in the Hellenistic-Roman period. Tradierung – Vermittlung – Wandlung. Lit, Münster/Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-8258-8667-0.
  • Verborgenheit in der Erscheinung. Mystagogy and Spirituality of the Gospel of John (= Forschungen zur europäischen Geistesgeschichte. Band 13). Herder, Vienna/Freiburg/Basel 2012, ISBN 978-3-451-34551-7.


  • Gerhard Larcher: God-Image. Broken by Modernity. For Karl Matthäus Woschitz. Verlag Styria, Graz/Vienna/Cologne 1997, ISBN 3-222-12544-9.
  • Theresia Heimerl and Karl Prenner (eds.): Kultur und Erinnerung. Contributions to the History of Religion, Culture and Theology. Festschrift für Karl Matthäus Woschitz. Pustet, Regensburg 2005, ISBN 3-7917-1980-7.

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