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Old Testament scholarship deals with Old Testament scripture within its historical and cultural context.

The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament or, rather, First Testament is a literarily and aesthetically concentrated source of writings on the world and God. We understand our task as working through this collection of texts methodically and setting out its relevance today by understanding the texts from their points of origin. The process of reflection takes into account lines of development into Judaism and Christianity, as well as questions about the meaning of the text for contemporary people, churches, religions and societies.

The broad range of Old Testament scholarship includes literary-historical, archaeological, linguistic, historical, exegetical, religious-historical and theological studies in the cultural context of the Ancient Near East.