Theological German

The Handbook of Reading Theological German helps students in biblical studies, church history, Jewish studies, and theology prepare for graduate research or for the comprehensive examination in German doctoral students.

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Theological German

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Our online course guides you through the Handbook of Reading Theological German so that at the end you are proficient in reading and translating theological German texts. In 20 modules we introduce you to German theology and teach you how to use the Mainz Method checklist.

Key Points


An introduction to German grammar


Further, advanced readings with minimal guidance from contemporary authors in the areas of Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Jewish studies, church history, and theology, so that students can focus on literature from their chosen field of study


A demonstration of the role that German theology has had in the development of modern Jewish and Christian practices.


Guided readings and biographies of six major German theologians and philosophers

Chapter 1

Normally when the concept of theology is considered, the mind equates it with the theological perspectives held by members of particular religious communities, where by it is possible to compare and contrast the theological ideologies of one particular faith group to those held by a different religious tradition. That is to say, it is possible to analyze the differences between sects within a religion, such as comparing Protestant and Catholic theology, or examining the theological differences between two different religions, such as Judaism and Christianity. In each of these instances, theology is always thought of in terms of its association with religion.

There are but a few examples of theology becoming linked to a nation. Israel, of course, would be the prime example, since the entire development of the nation is connected to a theological concept. Some may argue that the United States should be considred, as well, since its founding was based upon theological freedom. However, people do not speak in terms of “Israeli theology” or “American theology”; however, the term “German theology” is used. What thenis German theology, and what is its sifnificance? Whithin this chapter we will attempt to introduce the concept of German theology, its importance, and its influence both past and present. The term “German theology” does not speak to a concise set of beliefs or practices; instead it speaks to the massive impact Germany and its scholars have had on the development of theology worldwide. Regardless of your religious tradition or theological positionm the influence that German scholars have had throughout the centuries within the theological sphere is irrefutable. 



About The Book

Coauthored by Katharina Hirt, a native German speaker and professional linguist, and Christopher Ryan Jones, a native English speaker and doctoral candidate in biblical studies, this collaboration draws on the latest developments in linguistics to present a cutting-edge teaching methodology for graduate students learning to read German for research.
The Handbook of Reading Theological German is the premier resource for equipping those interested in reading and translating original German source materials and preparing academics for German comprehension examination. The book is ideal for students in biblical studies, church history, Jewish studies, and theology.
Attuned to the specific needs of English speakers learning German, this handbook is well suited for independent study or for use in the classroom. Providing abundant exercises and readings, Jones and Hirt’s work provides an excellent entry point for students required to learn theological German.

About the Authors

Christopher Jones

Katharina Hirt


Pronunciation Guide


From The Book

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Download theVocabulary Pronounciation Guide

Perfect your German pronunciation with Dr. Katharina Hirt as she guides you though audio tips and tricks to help you sound like a native German speaker.

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