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“Be of a good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land”

Inaugural lecture on agriculture in ancient Palestine ‒ Tübingen has a new Professor of Biblical Archaeology

Prof. Dr. Jens Kamlah
Professor Dr. Jens Kamlah

The University of Tübingen’s Institute of Biblical Archaeology once more has a full professor, following the appointment of Jens Kamlah to the position at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in August 2018. He had headed the institute as an associate professor since 2010.

On Friday, 17 May 2019, 4:15pm, he will now give his public inaugural lecture. In the Theologicum lecture hall he will talk about the history and tasks of the Institute of Biblical Archaeology. He will discuss the institute’s current research into agriculture in ancient Palestine using the example of the pomegranate and other fruits of the Promised Land. The public and representatives of the media are welcome.

The Institute was founded in 1960 ‒ the first of its kind in Germany ‒ to investigate the antiquities of Palestine and the world of the Bible using scientific-archaeological methods. Among other things, the scientists contributed to the Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients/ Tübingen Atlas of the Near East, producing a three-volume documentation on the architectural history of Jerusalem, which is now regarded as the standard work. Excavations in Hirbet ez-Zeraqon in northern Jordan were conducted by the institute under Siegfried Mittmann from 1984 to 1994. After his retirement in 1999, the professorship remained vacant and Jens Kamlah took over as head of the institute in 2010. (More on the institute’s history at https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/52747)

Kamlah has been associated with the Institute of Biblical Archaeology for much longer: During his studies of Protestant Theology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Egyptology and Pre- and Early History, he was employed there as a research assistant and participated in excavations. In 1999 he received his doctorate with a thesis on archaeological investigations in the Hirbet ez-Zeraqon region. After his habilitation at the University of Kiel, he returned to Tübingen. In addition to the history of religion and archaeology in the countries of the eastern Mediterranean, he also explores the world and environment of the Old Testament as well as agriculture and social history in ancient Palestine. 


Professor Dr. Jens Kamlah
University of Tübingen 
Institute of Biblical Archaeology 
+49 7071 29-72879
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