Clemens Thoma

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Clemens Thoma (November 2, 1932 – December 7, 2011) was a Swiss theologian.[1]

He was professor of theology and Jewish studies and founder of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies (IJCF) at the University of Lucerne.[2]

He grew up as one of eleven children in a family in the Canton of St. Gallen.[3] After theological studies at St. Augustin near Bonn and St. Gabriel in Vienna, he was ordained a priest. At the University of Vienna, he studied Judaism under Kurt Schubert.[3]

As part of his research Thoma undertook a systematic approach to present Rabbinic parables to New Testament scholars, for comparative purposes.[4] In 1994 Thoma received the Buber-Rosenzweig-Medal. Hayim Perelmuter stated that Thoma's work on the Rabbinic parables "adornes the world of scholarship".[5]



  1. ^ In Memory of the Rev. Clemens Thoma
  2. ^ University of Lucerne
  3. ^ a b Hans Breitenmoser: Er beseitigt religiöse Barrieren. In: Linth-Zeitung. Nr. 2/2002 (4. Jan 2002)
  4. ^ The New Testament and Rabbinic Literature by Reimund Bieringer, Florentino Garcia Martinez and Didier Pollefeyt 2009 ISBN 90-04-17588-1 page 102
  5. ^ Hayim G. Perelmuter "A Response to Clemens Thoma" in Reinterpreting Revelation and Tradition: Jews and Christians in Conversation by John Pawlikowski and Hayim Goren Perelmuter 2000 ISBN 1-58051-042-6 page 63