Ulrich Luz

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Ulrich Luz (born 23 February 1938) is a Swiss theologian, and professor emeritus at the University of Bern.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 23 February 1938 in Männedorf. He studied Protestant theology in Zurich, Göttingen and Basel under Hans Conzelmann, Eduard Schweizer, and Gerhard Ebeling.

Academic career[edit]

He taught at the International Christian University in Tokyo from 1970-1971. From 1972 to 1980 he was professor for New Testament studies at Göttingen University. He was the New Testament professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland until retirement in 2003.

Much of his research has focused on the Gospel of Matthew. He served as president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas in 1998.

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Salome Keller, have three children.


Luz has seven honorary doctorates. In 2010, he was awarded the Burkitt Medal by the British Academy 'in recognition of special service to Biblical Studies'.[1]



  1. ^ "BURKITT MEDAL FOR BIBLICAL STUDIES 2010". Prizes and medals. British Academy. Retrieved 9 December 2014.