Prof. Dr. Konrad Schmid

Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism at the University of Zurich

Professional Employment and Activities

ERC Advanced Grant "How God Became a Lawgiver: The Place of the Torah in Ancient Near Eastern Legal History" (Website).

Humboldt Research Award

2017 Member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation
2017 President of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft fuer Theologie
2017 Member of the Institute of Advanced Study (Princeton) and Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary
2016-2018 Co-Director of the Sinergia-Project „The History of the Pentateuch: Combining Literary and Archaeological Approaches“ (SNF)
2016 Head of the Theological Seminary
2016 Tyrwhitt Lecture (Cambridge)
2014 Frederick Neumann Memorial Lecture (Princeton)
2012 McGee Lecture (Baylor)
2012-2013 Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and convener of the research group „Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Studies: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America, and Europe“
2008–2010 Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Zurich
2006–2007 Member in Residence, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton (NJ)
2002– Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism at the University of Zurich
1999–2002 Professor (Associate) of Old Testament at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
1997–1999 Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich
1991–1997 Assistant, University of Zurich


1998 Habilitation, University of Zurich
1995 Dr. theol, University of Zurich
1985–1990 Studies in Theology in Zurich, Greifswald and Munich

Learned Societies

  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Orientalische Altertumswissenschaft (SGOA)
  • Deutscher Palästina-Verein (DPV)
  • Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie (WGTh)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
  • Schweizerische Theologische Gesellschaft (SThG)
  • Rudolf-Bultmann-Gesellschaft für Hermeneutische Theologie
  • Gelehrte Gesellschaft in Zürich

Editorial Boards

  • Abhandlungen zur Theologie des Alten und Neuen Testaments (AThANT, TVZ, Zürich)
  • Zürcher Bibelkommentare (ZBK, TVZ, Zürich)
  • Neue theologische Grundrisse (NThG, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen)
  • Theologische Rundschau (TRu, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen)
  • Themen der Theologie (TdT, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen)
  • Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (JHS,
  • Glauben und Lernen (GlLern, Edition Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2010–2016))
  • Journal of Ancient Judaism: Supplement Series (JAJSup, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen)
  • Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (HeBAI, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen)
  • Religion und Politik (Nomos, Baden-Baden und Pano, Zürich)
  • Jahrbuch für biblische Theologie (JBT, Neukirchener Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn)
  • Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL, SBL, Atlanta)
  • Forschungen zum Alten Testament (FAT, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen)
  • Evangelische Theologie (EvT, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh)
  • Society of Biblical Literature: Ancient Israel and Its Literature (SBL.AIL, SBL, Atlanta)
  • Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR, de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston)


A list of the publications can be found under the following link: Publikationen