Albrecht Alt

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Albrecht Alt (20 September 1883 in Stübach (Franconia) – 24 April 1956 in Leipzig), was a leading German Protestant theologian.

Eldest son of a Lutheran minister, he completed high school in Ansbach and studied theology at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen and the University of Leipzig. From 1907 to 1908 he was a candidate for the office of Lecturer at Munich Predigerseminar (Lutheran preachers seminary). In 1908 he was a scholarship holder of the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology of the Holy Land in Jerusalem and undertook his first Palestine journey. In the same year he became a supervisor of the theological College in Greifswald. In 1909 he wrote Israel and Egypt as part of his Doctorate at the University of Greifswald.

In 1912 he became an extraordinary professor in Greifswald, and in 1914 was named by Bernhard Duhm as a Professor at the University of Basel. During the First World War he served as a Leader in the Cartography Department of the German Eastern Army. After the war he was again appointed a professor in Basel, and in 1920 Provost at the Evangelical Redeemer Church in Jerusalem. In 1921 he was appointed to the University of Halle, although he was given one year off for completion of his activities in Jerusalem, in 1923 to the University of Leipzig.

Major works[edit]

  • Der Gott der Väter: Ein Beitrag zur Vorgeschichte der israelitischen Religion, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1929, (Beiträge zur Wissenschaft vom Alten und Neuen Testament; 48 = Folge 3, H. 12). Translation of the title: 'The God of the fathers. A contribution to the prehistory of Israelite religion'.
  • Der Stadtstaat Samaria, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1954, (Berichte über die Verhandlungen der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Philologisch-historische Klasse; vol. 101,5). Translation of the title: 'The city state of Samaria'.
  • Die Herkunft der Hyksos in neuer Sicht, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1954, (Berichte über die Verhandlungen der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Philologisch-historische Klasse; vol. 101,6). Translation of the title: 'A New View on the origin of the Hyksos'.
  • Essays on Old Testament history and religion [Kleine Schriften zur Geschichte des Volkes Israel. Auswahl in einem Band (besides the first edition of 1959 in 2 vols.), Berlin: Evangelische Verlags-Anstalt, 1962; English], R.A. Wilson (trl.), Oxford: Blackwell, 1966, 274 pp.
  • "Origins of Israelite law" [Die Ursprünge des israelitischen Rechts, Leipzig: Hirzel, 1934, (Berichte über die Verhandlungen der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Philologisch-Historische Klasse; vol. 86,1); English], in: Albrecht Alt, Essays on Old Testament history and religion, R.A. Wilson (trl.), Oxford: Blackwell, 1966, pp. 101–171.
  • Völker und Staaten Syriens im frühen Altertum, Leipzig: Hinrichs, 1936, (Der alte Orient: gemeinverständliche Darstellungen; vol. 34,4). Translation of the title: 'Peoples and states of Syria in early antiquity'.
  • Where Jesus worked: Towns and villages of Galilee studied with the help of local history [Stätten des Wirkens Jesu in Galiläa territorialgeschichtlich betrachtet (1949); English], Kenneth Grayston (trl.), London: Epworth Press, c1961.

References[edit]

  • H. Bardtke: "Albrecht Alt. Life and work"; Article in: ThLZ 81 (1956); P. 513-522.
  • Matthias Köckert: "God the Father and promises. An argument with Albrecht Alt and his inheritance"; (Research for the religion and literature of the old person and new will 142); Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Goettingen 1988; ISBN 3-525-53821-9.
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bautz (1975). "Albrecht Alt". In Bautz, Friedrich Wilhelm. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German) 1. Hamm: Bautz. col. 125. ISBN 3-88309-013-1. 
  • R. Smend: "German Old Testament over three centuries"; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Goettingen 1989; ISBN 3-525-53584-8.
  • Manfred Weippert: "Albrecht Alt"; Article in: TRE 2 (1978), P. 303-305.