Honorary Members

The Society currently has 18 honorary members. Honorary membership is bestowed onto scholars from around the world as a recognition of the excellence of their work. Currently, the following scholars are Honorary members of the society (in alphabetic order; non-emeriti have their institutional affiliation listed):

Bertil Albrektson

Athalya Brenner-Idan

Walter Brueggemann


Recent Publications
  • Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014.
  • From Whom No Secrets are Hid: Introducing the Psalms. Louiville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014.
  • Ice Axes for Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of Provocation. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014.

Tamara Eskenazi (Hebrew Union College – Los Angeles)

Michael V. Fox



Michael V. Fox studied at the University of Michigan (BA, MA), the Hebrew Union College (rabbinic ordination), the Hebrew University (PhD, 1972), and Liverpool University (postdoc in Egyptology). He taught at the Hebrew University, then at the University of Wisconsin, beginning in 1977. He was Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies and the Halls-Bascom Professor of Hebrew.

His research focused on Wisdom Literature, with books on Proverbs and Qoheleth, and some other topics, with books on the Song of Songs and Esther. For his full CV and list of publications see http://imp.lss.wisc.edu/~mfox/cv. Copies of his articles are available at http://wisc.academia.edu/MichaeFox/. He is currently writing a commentary on Job for the OTL.

Norman Gottwald

Norman Habel

Sarah Japhet

Otto Kaiser

Reinhard G. Kratz (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen)

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Gregor Kratz, Theologische Fakultät, Centrum Orbis Orientalis CORO – Zentrum für semitistische und verwandte Studien, Direktor, Foto: Ingo Bulla; aufgenommen im September 2007

Born 1957 in Germany

1987 Dr. theol. in Old Testament, University of Zürich
1990 Habilitation, venia legendi for Old Testament, University of Zürich
since 1995 Full Professor for Old Testament at Georg-August-University Göttingen
since 1999 Ordinary Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities Göttingen

Reinhard Kratz is director of the Centrum Orbis Orientalis et Occidentalis – Centre for Oriental and Ancient Studies (CORO) at University Göttingen and head of two long term projects funded by the Academy: Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Qumran Lexicon, database project) and Critical Edition of the Septuagint (Septuaginta-Unternehmen).


Major recent publications:

  • Historical and Biblical Israel: The History, Tradition, and Archives of Ancient Israel and Judah. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 (German edition Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013).
  • The Prophets of Israel. CSHB 2. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2015 (German edition Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2003).
  • The Composition of the Narrative Books of the Old Testament. London: T&T Clark, 2005 (German edition Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000).
  • Kleine Schriften (Selected Articles) I–III. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004–2015 (Vol. I Studien zum Judentum im Zeitalter des Zweiten Tempels, 2004; Vol. II Prophetenstudien, 2011; Vol. III Mythos und Geschichte, 2015).

Homepage: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/56085.html

Bernhard Lang

Born 1946

1971 Élève titulaire de l’École biblique, Jerusalem
1975 Dr. theol., University of Tübingen, Germany
1977 Dr. theol. habil., University of Freiburg, Germany
1977-82 Professor of Ancient Judaism, University of Tübingen
1982–85 Professor of Old Testament, University of Mainz, Germany
1985–2011 Professor of Old Testament and Religious Studies, University of Paderborn, Germany
1999–2003 Professor of Divinity, University of St Andrews, Scotland
2008 Dr. theol. h.c., University of Aarhus, Denmark
2011 emeritus professor


  • Heaven: A History (with Colleen McDannell), New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988 (2nd ed. 2001).
  • The Hebrew God: Portrait of an Ancient Deity, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
  • Hebrew Life and Literature: Selected Essays. SOTS Monographs, Aldershot: Ashgate 2008.
  • Joseph in Egypt: A Cultural Icon from Grotius to Goethe, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009

Trygve Mettinger

Johannes de Moor

JdeMoor1955-61 Study of Theology and Semitic Languages at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and at Universiteit Leiden.
1961-71 Lecturer of Semitic Languages and Cultures of the Near East at Protestantse Theologische Hogeschool (Kampen).
1971-2000 Professor of Semitic Languages and Cultures of the Near East at Protestantse Theologische Hogeschool / Universiteit.
Major Publications:
  • The Seasonal Pattern in the Ugaritic Myth of Ba`lu according to the version of Ilimilku. AOAT 16. Kevelaer: Butzon & Bercker; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag des Erziehungsvereins, 1971.
  • New Year with Canaanites and Israelites, Part One: Description. Kamper Cahier 21; Part Two: The Canaanite Sources. Kamper Cahier 22. Kampen: Kok, 1972.
  • The Rise of Yahwism: The Roots of Israelite Monotheism. Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 91A. Second Revised and Enlarged Edition, Leuven: Peeters, 1997
  • Adam, Eve, and the Devil: A New Beginning. Hebrew Bible Monographs 65. Second Revised Edition, Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015 (with M.C.A. Korpel).

Carol A. Newsom (Emory, Atlanta)

Eduard Nielsen

Kirsen Nielsen

KNielsen 2012

Born 1943.

1969 MA in French (minor).
1970 MA in Religion (major).
1971 amanuensis at the Department for Old Testament Studies at the Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University.
1976 PhD in Old Testament.
1976 Reader in Old Testament aculty of Theology, Aarhus University.
1984-89 Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Aarhus.
1985 DD in Old Testament.
1995 Professor of Old Testament at the Institute of Biblical Studies, Aarhus University.
2008 PhD honoris causa, Menighetsfakultetet, Oslo, Norway.
2009 Professor emeritus.


  • Yahweh as Prosecutor and Judge: An Investigation of the Prophetic Lawsuit (Rîb-Pattern). JSOTSup 9. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1978.
  • There is Hope for a Tree: The Tree as Metaphor in Isaiah. JSOTSup 65. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1989 (Habilitation).
  • Ruth, A Commentary. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.
  • Satan – the Prodigal Son? A Family Problem in the Bible. The Biblical Seminar 50, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press 1998.

Martti Nissinen (Helsinki)


1985-94: Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies.
1994-2002: Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland.
2002-07: Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East
2007–present day: Professor of Old Testament Studies.
2014-19: leader of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions” (www.cstt.fi)


Martti Nissinen also served as translator of the Finnish Bible Translation Commission for two years in the late 1980’s, and as the leader of the Finnish Doctoral Programme of Theology in 2009–14. He is member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and Chairman of the Foundation for the Finnish Institute in the Middle East.

Main and Recent Articles Publications

  • References to Prophecy in Neo-Assyrian Sources. SAAS 7. Helsinki: Neo-Assyrian Corpus Project/University of Helsinki, 1998.
  • Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998.
  • Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East. SBLWAW 12; Atlanta: SBL, 2003.
  • ‘Biblical Masculinities: Musings on Theory and Agenda’. Pages 271-85 in Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded. Edited by Ovidiu Creangă and Peter-Ben Smit. Hebrew Bible Monographs 62. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014.
  • ‘Sacred Springs and Liminal Rivers: Water and Prophecy in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean’. Pages 29-48 in Thinking of Water in the Early Second Temple Period. Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi and Christoph Levin. BZAW 461. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014.
  •  ‘Since When Do Prophets Write?’. Pages 585-606 in In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes: Studies in the Biblical Text in Honour of Anneli Aejmelaeus. Edited by Kristin de Troyer, T. Michael Law and Marketta Liljeström. Leuven: Peeters, 2014.
  • ‘(How) Does the Book of Ezekiel Reveal Its Babylonian Context?’. Die Welt des Orients 45 (2015): 85-98.
  • ‘Oracles at Qumran? Traces of Inspired Speakers in the Dead Sea Scrolls’. Pages 165-81 in Crossing Imaginary Boundaries: The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Context of Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Mika S. Pajunen and Hanna Tervanotko. Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 108. Helsinki: Finnish Exegetical Society, 2015.

Rudolf Smend



Former honorary members include:

Menahem Haran (1924-2015), Rolf Rendtorff (1924-2014)