A Critical History of Exegesis Since Around 1900


Recently, research on the history of exegesis (‘Forschungs-/Exegesegeschichte’) has been accumulating. On the one hand, this relates to feminist projects such as “The Bible and Women”, on the other hand to the ongoing post-colonial debates. However, there are also older discourses, e.g. Jew-Hatred in the time of National Socialism in Germany or the research on the emergence of historical-critical methodology or the most important Protestant biblical scholars in the 20th century. However, there is a broad preoccupation and previous methodological experience with this topic, but the research is little connected with each other and seems to be more of an ‘enthusiast’s topic’. Furthermore, the opportunities and limits of international cooperation, the visualisation of non-European hermeneutics and the opportunities of digital humanities have hardly been explored yet. This Workshop therefore tries to figure out, who is currently working on History of Exegesis and whether this topic can develop into a meaningful branch of research for the coming years.


We focus on the period since about 1900. In principle, the focus is on biblical scholars, but contributions to researchers from Semitic studies, Jewish studies, and archaeology of the Levant or ANES etc. are welcome.



History of Exegesis, Christ-Jewish Relations, Feminist Approaches, Hermeneutics, Post-Colonial Studies



Ludger Hieper

University of Münster


Benedikt J. Collinet

University of Innsbruck

Syracuse 2023 Call for Papers

The History of Exegesis has been gaining interest recently, whether due to feminist approaches, the black lives matter movement, post-colonialism, (new) anti-Semitism, #IchBinHanna, or simply because of historical interest.

For this reason, we invite you to present and discuss your own topic of interest, present a larger or smaller publication or research concept, that deal with the history of research since around 1900. Contributions may, but need not, include one of the above-mentioned aspects and may come from disciplines related to biblical studies, e.g. the emergence of the historical-critical method, the genealogy of a school or influential discoveries, persons, journeys of a subject etc. Biographical, institutional and cross-authorial themes should be the focus this time, rather than one individual work of an author. We look forward to your abstracts!