Hartmut Stegemann

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Hartmut Stegemann (December 18, 1933, Gummersbach - August 22, 2005, Marburg/Lahn) was a German theologian with interest in the New Testament and specialized in Dead Sea Scrolls research. He was responsible for developing standard methods for reconstructing scrolls.

Stegemann began working of the scrolls in 1957 at the Qumran Research Center in Heidelberg. (He later became director of the Center.) In 1963 he was awarded a Ph.D. Semitic studies and Religious Studies from the University of Heidelberg. This was also the year that he finished his reconstruction of the Thanksgiving Hymns scroll. Stegemann obtained his doctorate in Theology from Bonn in 1971. From 1971 to 1979 he held the post of professor at Philipps-Universität in Marburg, after which he took over from Hans Conzelmann at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, where he taught until the end of the summer 2005, when he retired. On his 65th birthday he was presented with a festschrift: Antikes Judentum und Frühes Christentum.

When Stegemann died he was working on a new publication of the Thanksgiving Hymns, based on his 1963 reconstruction with a new commentary and notes. Eileen Schuller finished the work which became Discoveries in the Judaean Desert Vol. 40.

Stegemann's Publications[edit]

These include:

  • The Library of Qumran: On the Essenes, Qumran, John the Baptist, and Jesus (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998) ISBN 0-8028-6167-9
  • Qumran Cave 1.III: 1QHodayota: With Incorporation of 4QHodayota-f and 1QHodayotb, Discoveries in the Judaean Desert, vol. XL, editor with Eileen Schuller and Carol Newsom (Oxford: OUP, June 2008) ISBN 0-19-955005-0
  • "How to Connect Dead Sea Scroll Fragments" in Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls, Shanks, Hershel, editor (New York: Vintage Books, 1992) 245-255.



  • Kollmann, B., Reinbold, W., & Steudel, A., Antikes Judentum und Fruhes Christentum. Festschrift fur Harmut Stegemann zum 65. Geburtstag (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1999).
  • Obituary by Eileen Schuller.