Hans Weder was born in 1946. He grew up in Diepoldsau (SG) and attended High School in St. Gallen. Following his studies of theology at the University of Zurich (1966-72), he did a BA in philosophy at the University of St Andrews. He wrote his doctoral dissertation (1977) on the parables of Jesus. His habilitation was on Pauline theology of the cross.
In 1980, he was elected to the chair for New Testament at the University of Zurich (UZH). The focus of his academic work is New Testament exegesis, theology and hermeneutics. From 1995-2000 he was main editor of the Theologische Literaturzeitung (Leipzig) and co-editor of a number of reviewed journals and monograph series.
He is acting as chairman of the ERIH committee Theology and Religious Studies. From 2000-2008 he was president of the University of Zurich. Since 2008 he is professor ad personam for New Testament at the University of Zurich, Faculty of Theology, Institute of Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion.
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