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Prof. Dr. Cilliers Breytenbach

Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Burgstraße 26
10178 Berlin

Cilliers Breytenbach holds the chair for new Testament with focus on the literature, history and religion of Early Christianity at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Together with Therese Fuhrer, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), he erected the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) 2011 and as spokesperson for the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) he has since then been responsible for its operation. He is executive editor of 'Novum Testamentum', has been the President of the Colloquium Oecumenicum Paulinum and the president of the Colloquium Biblicum Louvaniensis and is honorary professor for New Testament and Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University. In Topoi he was spokesperson of Area B and initiated the epigraphic database ICG (Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae).

Fields of Research

His research interests cover the interpretation of St. Mark's Gospel, Graeco-Roman metaphors early Christians used to express their views on salvation, the change in ancient Christian systems of belief, action and institutions since its Jewish origins, Christian epigraphy, the expansion of Early Christianity and the use of the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible by Christians writers.



C. Breytenbach/C. Zimmermann, Early Christianity in Lycaonia: From Paul to Amphilochius of Iconium (AJEC 101/ECAM 2; Leiden 2017).


C. Breytenbach, "Narrating the Death of Jesus in Mark: Utterances of the Main Character, Jesus", ZNW 105/2 (2014) 153–168.


C. Breytenbach, "From Mark's Son of God to Jesus of Nazareth – Un cul-de-sac?", in: J. van der Watt (Ed.), The Quest for the Real Jesus. Radboud Prestige Lectures by Prof. Dr. Michael Wolter (Biblical Interpretation Series 120; Leiden 2013) 19–56.


C. Breytenbach, "Erwägungen zu einer Geschichte der Religion des Urchristentums", in: C. Breytenbach/J. Frey (Ed.), Reflections on Early Christian History of Religion/Erwägungen zur frühchristlichen Religionsgeschichte (AJEC 81; Leiden 2012) 1–25.


C. Breytenbach, Grace, Reconciliation, Concord. The Death of Christ in Graeco-Roman Metaphors (NT.S 135; Leiden 2010).