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Prof. Jakob Wöhrle

Universität Tübingen
Prof. Jakob Wöhrle

Jakob Wöhrle is professor of Hebrew Bible at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. He earned his PhD in 2006 and his Habilitation in 2008, both at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Since 2014, he had been professor of Old Testament at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, before he came to Tübingen in 2019.

His main field of research is the formation of the Hebrew Bible, esp. of the Pentateuch and the prophetic books, with a strong focus on the social, political and religious discourses that stand behind the formation of the Hebrew Bible. He published largely about, for example, biblical monotheism, anthropology, cult, the promised land or the Hebrew Bible’s different views on the relationship and the coexistence between Israel and its neighbors.

Jakob Wöhrle serves at various editorial boards including the Journal of Biblical Literature (SBL). He is co-editor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (Mohr Siebeck). Since 2015 he is partner of the Lautenschläger Azekah expedition (Oded Lipschits and Manfred Oeming).

Selected Publications:


Die frühen Sammlungen des Zwölfprophetenbuches: Entstehung und Komposition (BZAW 360), Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 2006.

Der Abschluss des Zwölfprophetenbuches: Buchübergreifende Redaktionsprozesse in den späten Sammlungen (BZAW 389), Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 2008.

Fremdlinge im eigenen Land: Zur Entstehung und Intention der priesterlichen Passagen der Vätergeschichte (FRLANT 246), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck, 2012.

Rainer Albertz / Jakob Wöhrle (ed.), Between Cooperation and Hostility: Multiple Identities in Ancient Judaism and the Interaction with Foreign Powers (JAJSup 11), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck, 2013.

Mark Brett / Jakob Wöhrle (ed.), The Politics of the Ancestors: Exegetical and Historical Perspectives on Genesis 12-36 (FAT 124), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018.


The Un-Empty Land: The Concept of Exile and Land in P, in: Ehud Ben Zvi / Christoph Levin (ed.), The Concept of Exile in Ancient Israel and its Historical Contexts (BZAW 404), Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 2010, 189-206.

Joseph in Egypt: Living under Foreign Rule according to the Joseph Story and its Early Intra- and Extra-Biblical Reception, in: Rainer Albertz / Jakob Wöhrle (ed.), Between Cooperation and Hostility: Multiple Identities in Ancient Judaism and the Interaction with Foreign Powers (JAJSup 11), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck, 2013, 53-72.

Frieden durch Trennung: Die priesterliche Darstellung des Exodus und die persische Reichsideologie, in: Reinhard Achenbach / Ruth Ebach / Jakob Wöhrle (ed.), Wege der Freiheit: Zur Entstehung und Theologie des Exodusbuches: Die Beiträge eines Symposions zum 70. Geburtstag von Rainer Albertz, AThANT 104, Zürich: TVZ, 2014, 87-111.

The God(s) of the Nations in Late Prophecy, in: Nathan MacDonald / Ken Brown (ed.), Monotheism in Late Prophecy and Early Apocalyptic Literature (FAT II,72), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014, 177-199.

Abraham amidst the Nations: The Priestly Concept of Covenant and the Persian Imperial Ideology, in: Richard J. Bautch / Gary Knoppers (ed.), Covenant in the Persian Period: From Genesis to Chronicles, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2015, 23-39.

„Woe to the Bloody City“ (Nah 3:1): Postcolonial Perspectives on the Image of Assyria in the Book of Nahum and its Early Reception History, in: Semitica 60 (2018), 537-555.

„Gebt mir einen Grabbesitz bei euch“: Zur Entstehung und Intention der Erzählung von Abrahams Grabkauf in Genesis 23, in: Joachim Krause / Wolfgang Oswald / Kristin Weingart (ed.), Eigensinn und Entstehung der Hebräischen Bibel, FS Erhard Blum, FAT 136, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020, 63-76.

Jacob from Israel and Jacob from Judah: Reflections upon the Formation and the Historical Backgrounds of the Jacob Story, in: Benedikt Hensel (ed.), The History of the Jacob Cycle (Genesis 25-35): Recent Research on the Compilation, the Redaction and the Reception of the Biblical Narrative and Its Historical and Cultural Contexts, Archaeology and Bible, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2021, 135-153.

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