Heike Friis

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Heike Friis (April 27, 1943, Hamburg - April 1, 2015, Aabenraa) was a Danish theologian and parish priest. She grew up in Sæd in South Denmark near the German border. She graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1968 with a candidate thesis that won the University's gold medal titled "The Background in and outside of Israel for the Emergence of David's Empire". The thesis represented a break with the conservative tradition of Biblical exegesis, arguing that the Biblical historical narratives presuppose the Babylonian exile. This idea was important in introducing the narrative approach to exegesis that became the hallmark of the Copenhagen school in Theology. It was however not formally published until 1986, when it was published in German as "Die Bedingungen für die Errichtung des Davidischen Reichs in Israel und seiner Umwelt".[1][2][3] Subsequently, she worked as a faculty member at the priest seminary of Haslev, and as an external lecturer in theology at the University of Copenhagen, and finally as a parish priest in the Church of Sjælør. She retired in 2003.[4][5] She lived from 2009 in her hometown Sæd until her death.[6]


  1. ^ Niels Peter Lemche, 2008. The Old Testament Between Theology and History: A Critical Survey p. 107
  2. ^ George Athas, 'Minimalism': The Copenhagen School of Thought in Biblical Studies, edited transcript of lecture, 3rd ed., University of Sydney, April 29, 1999 [1]
  3. ^ Fra dybet: festskrift til John Strange i anledning af 60 års fødselsdagen den 20 juli 1994. Mogens Müller & Niels Peter Lemche (eds.) Museum Tusculanum Press. pp. 131-33
  4. ^ http://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/mennesker/rundt-i-dag-1968
  5. ^ http://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/mennesker/2003-04-26
  6. ^ http://www.afdoede.dk/index.php?page=visannonce&id=1178051458