Klaus Koch

Klaus Koch ( born October 4, 1926 in Sulzbach, today Apolda ) is a German Protestant theologian and professor emeritus of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History of Religions at the University of Hamburg.


Koch studied in Heidelberg, Bethel, Mainz and Tübingen (1946-1950) and was with Gerhard von Rad assistant in Heidelberg. Between 1954 and 1956 he was a Protestant pastor in Jena. 1957 Habilitation at Friedrich Koch Baumgärtel and accepted a lectureship in Erlangen. A year later brought him Hans -Joachim Kraus at the newly founded Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Hamburg. In 1960 Koch a call to the Theological College of Wuppertal. Since 1962, Koch worked as a professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Religion History in Hamburg, in 1991 he became Professor Emeritus. Guest professor cooking in the U.S. and India. Klaus Koch received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Rostock, due to its outstanding commitment to teaching and the reconstruction of the faculty. Among his students numerous domestic and foreign theologians and teachers, including Eckart Otto, Bernd Janowski, Martin Rosel, Gnana Robinson, Nelson Kirst.

Klaus Koch is a member of the Joachim- Jungius Society of Sciences, a senior member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, as well as a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

His brothers are the Protestant theologian Prof. Dr. Traugott Koch ( Systematic Theology ) and Prof. Dr. Gebhard Koch, Ordiniarius em. of Medical Cell Biochemistry at the University Hospital Hamburg- Eppendorf. Since 1978, Klaus Koch is married to the doctor Eva- Maria Koch.

Publications (selection )

  • As Publisher: Reclam's Bible dictionary. 7th revised and enlarged edition. Reclam, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-15-010555-2.
  • Imago Dei. The dignity of man in the biblical text ( = reports from the meetings of the Joachim- Jungius Society of Science Vol 18, H. 4). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 2000, ISBN 3-525-86306-3.
  • Martin Rösel: Polyglottensynopse the Book of Daniel. Neukirchener Verlag, Neukirchen 2000, ISBN 3-7887-1741-6.
  • Saviour expectations in Judea the new era. In: Shemaryahu Talmon (ed. ): The Dead Sea Scrolls. For the exciting history of their exploration and interpretation. Pustet, Regensburg 1998, ISBN 3-7917-1592-5, pp. 107-135.
  • Europe, Rome and the emperor against the background of two millennia reception of the Book of Daniel ( = Reports of the meetings of the Joachim- Jungius Society of Science Vol 15, Issue 1 ). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1997, ISBN 3-525-86291-1.
  • Travel through Indonesia. Stürtz, Würzburg 1997, ISBN 3-8003-0803-7.
  • With Peter Frei: imperial idea and poor organization in the Persian Empire ( = Orbis biblicus et orientalis Vol 55. ). 2nd revised and greatly expanded edition. University Publishing among others, Fribourg ( Switzerland ) and others 1996, ISBN 3-7278-1045-9.
  • History of the Egyptian religion. From the Pyramids to the mysteries of Isis. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart among others in 1993, ISBN 3- 17-009808 -X.
  • The essence of ancient Egyptian religion in the mirror Egyptological Research ( = reports of the meetings of the Joachim- Jungius Society of Science Vol 7, Issue 1 ). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1989, ISBN 3-525-86239-3.
  • What is form criticism? Methods of biblical exegesis. 5, revised and enlarged edition. Neukirchener Verlag, Neukirchen, 1989, ISBN 3-7887-0683- X.
  • As editor with Johann Michael Schmidt: apocalyptic ( = avenues of research Vol 365. ). University Press, Darmstadt 1982, ISBN 3-534-06026-1.
  • The book of Daniel ( = income research. Vol. 144). University Press, Darmstadt 1980, ISBN 3-534-07506-4.
  • The prophet. 2 vols. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart among others 1978-1980, ISBN 3- 17-013678 - X; Volume 1: Assyrian period ( = carbon hammer Urban Pocket Books 280. );
  • Volume 2: Babylonian - Persian period (. = Kohlhammerstraße Urban Pocket Books 281).

Collected Essays

  • Klaus Koch: Collected Essays. 4 volumes. Neukirchener Verlag, Neukirchen Volume 1: Traces of Hebrew thought. Contributions to Old Testament theology. Edited by Bernd Janowski and Martin Krause. 1991, ISBN 3-7887-1343-7;
  • Volume 2: The kingdoms of the world and the coming Son of Man. Studies on the Book of Daniel. Edited by Martin Rosel. 1995, ISBN 3-7887-1515-4;
  • Volume 3: Before the turn of the times. Contributions to the apocalyptic literature. Edited by Uwe Glessmer and Martin Krause. 1996, ISBN 3-7887-1606-1;
  • Volume 4: The Reception of Aramaic Hebrew Bible. Studies on Targumik and apocalyptic. Edited by Martin Rosel. 2003, ISBN 3-7887-1893-5.


  • Klaus Koch: Studies of the Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern religious history. For the 60th birthday of Klaus Koch. Edited by Eckart Otto. Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen, among other things, 1988, ISBN 3-525-53579-1.
  • Dwight R. Daniels: Reaping what you sow. Festschrift for Klaus Koch on his 65th birthday. Neukirchener Verlag, Neukirchen Vluyn 1991, ISBN 3-7887-1402-6.
  • Friedhelm Hartenstein, Martin Rosel (ed.): YHWH and the gods of the nations. Symposium on the 80th birthday of Klaus Koch. Neukirchener Verlag, Neukirchen 2009, ISBN 978-3-7887-2240-1.