Photograph of Prof. Dr. Christian Frevel

Prof. Dr. Christian Frevel

Chair of Old Testament Studies

Professor of Old Testament Studies, Department of Catholic Theology, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany


Office Hours

Tue 14-15 h

Areas of Research

Biblical Anthropology, Pentateuch, esp. the Book of Numbers, Religious History of Israel and Judah, Formation of Post-Exilic Judaism(s)


1998 Habilitation in Bonn; venia legendi: Exegesis of the Old Testament

1994 Dissertation in Bonn

1989-1990 Fellowship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

1982-1989 study of catholic theology, orientalism and philosophy at the University of Bonn



Since 2004 Professor of the Old Testament at the Ruhr-University Bochum

2000-2004 Professor of Biblical Theology at the University of Cologne

1994-2000 scientific assistant at the University of Bonn

1990-1994 scientific collaborator at the Chair of the Old Testament at the University of Bonn


Further activities:

Since 2011 Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology

2007-2011 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology

since 2010 Member and principal investigator at the research department CERES (Bochum)

since 2009 Member of the enhanced board of the KHK Bochum

since 2004 member of the board of the German Society for the Exploration of Palestine

since 1996 multiple teaching activity at the Dormition Abbey (Theologisches Studienjahr) in Jerusalem and member of the selection board at the DAAD 

Principal Investigator of CRC 1475 „Metaphors of Religion“

Project Leader of Subproject B03

Member of Research Department of CERES RESEARCH DEPARTMENT

Former Projects and Responsibilities

Project Leader of The Forming of Purity Conceptions in the Torah and in the Book of Ezekiel as Precondition of a Cultural and Religious Basic-difference in early Judaism , Traces of Monotheism in the Material Culture? , Tradition and Redaction in the Book of Numbers and Their Impact on the Formation Process of the Pentateuch and Typology of Religious Contacts in the Old Testament

RUB Member of Käte Hamburger Kolleg