28.09.2017

12 October: Lecture Series: Between Heaven and Earth. Angels and Demons in the Jewish Tradition and their Community

Ancient Oriental, Old Testament and Religious Studies on the topic "Angels and Demons" - Prof. Dr. Christoph Uehlinger (Zurich) – Thursday, 12 October, 2017, 17:15, HS E.001 (Unipark)

Der Vortrag wirft zunächst–traditionsgeschichtlich und unter Berücksichtigung von Text- und Bildquellen – einen Blick in die Vorgeschichte jüdisch-christlicher Vorstellungen von Zwischenwesen, wobei u.a. deren oft mischgestaltige visuelle Darstellung und ihre Funktionen erläutert werden sollen. In einem zweiten Schritt wird die Transformation einer polytheistischen in eine angelologische Konzeption behandelt; dabei sollen die Motive „Zugang zu Gott“, „Wissen von Gott“ und „Legitimation neuen Wissens“ (also religiöse Innovation) hervorgehoben werden. Abschliessend wird gefragt, ob sich die besprochenen Befunde religionswissenschaftlich verallgemeinern lassen, und die These begründet, dass Engel und Dämonen der kognitiven Entlastung monotheistischer Systeme dienen.

Christoph Uehlinger studierte (katholische) Theologie und Altorientalistik in Fribourg, Jerusalem und London. Durch Promotion und Habilitation spezialisierte er sich im Bereich der alttestamentlichen Bibelwissenschaft und der altorientalischen und altisraelitischen Religionsgeschichte. Seit 2003 ist er Professor für Allgemeine Religionsgeschichte und Religionswissenschaft an der Universität Zürich.

Margarete Heinz

Sekretariat

Zentrum für Jüdische Kulturgeschichte

Residenzplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg

Tel: 0662-8044-2961

E-mail to Margarete Heinz

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