Prof. Dr. Stefan Münger

Assoziierter Professor, Studienkoordinator, Co-director Kinneret Regional Project

Institut für Judaistik

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Universität Bern
Institut für Judaistik
Längassstrasse 51
CH-3000 Bern 9
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2017- Associate professor, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Bern
2013-  Associate member in research group 'UMR 7192 «Proche-Orient – Caucase: langues, archéologie, cultures»' (affiliated with the Collège de France and the CNRS, Paris) 
2011  Cummulative PhD in Hebrew Bible Studies (Biblical Archaeology/Archaeology of the Southern Levant), with a thesis entitled «Studien zur Frühen Eisenzeit in Israel/Palästina» (scl) 
2008-  Study program coordinator, Theological Faculty, University of Bern (part-time) 
2006-  Specialist for glyptic finds in the 'Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project', directed by Prof. Dr. Thomas E. Levy (UCSD, San Diego) and international investigator in CISA3 Archaeology (San Diego) 
2005-  Student counselor, Theological Faculty, University of Bern (part-time)  
2001-2007  Scientific collaborator in the project «Erforschung der Samuelbücher», directed by Prof. Walter Dietrich (University of Bern) sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (part-time)  
2003  Diploma «Bibel und Archäologie», University of Fribourg 
2002-  Co-director of the 'Kinneret Regional Project
2003-2004  Scientific collaborator in the project «Geschichte des Stempelsiegel-Amuletts in Palästina/Israel von den Anfängen bis in die Perserzeit und Edition eines Corpus» directed by Prof. Othmar Keel (Fribourg University), sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (part-time)  
2000-2001  Scientific leave to Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (Germany), sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation  
1997-2003  Research assistant to Prof. Othmar Keel (Fribourg University)  
1995-2000  Postgraduate studies in archaeometry, archaeology of the Southern Levant and iconography of the Ancient Near East in Heidelberg (Germany), Fribourg and Bern (Switzerland), incl. the «Archäologischer Lehrkurs» in Israel and Jordan sponsored by the EKD  
1994-1995  Vicariate and Ordination  
1987-1994  Study of «Evangelische Theologie» in Bern, with a thesis entitled «Die moabitische Glaubenswelt» (scl)  
24.08.1967
Born in Bern, Switzerland  

Ongoing Projects

  • Publication of the Early Iron Age finds and findings from Tel Kinrot/Tell el-'Oreme, excavations 1994-2008 (together with Prof. Jürgen Zangenberg, Leiden).
  • 'Kinneret Regional Project', an archaeological expedition to the North-western shore of the Sea of Galilee (co-directed together with PD Dr. Juha Pakkala [Helsinki] und Prof. Jürgen Zangenberg [Leiden]).
  • DANA - Digital Archaeology and National Archive: An Archaeological Digital Documentation System for Field Archaeologists (in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority, Liat Weinblum et al.).

Professional Memberships

  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Council for British Research in the Levant
  • Deutscher Verein zur Erforschung Palästinas
  • European Association for Jewish Studies
  • Israel Exploration Society
  • Palestine Exploration Fund
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für orientalische Altertumswissenschaft
  • Society of Biblical Literature

Board Memberships and Academic Committees

  • Alumni of the Theological Faculty of the University of Bern (chair)
  • Deutscher Verein zur Erforschung Palästinas
  • Steering Committee SBL-program unit "Egyptology and Ancient Israel"
  • Advisory board member of the series "Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus"
  • Near Eastern archaeology: the Southern Levant during the Iron Age period.
  • Glyptic art of the Ancient Near East.
  • Digital archaeology.

2017

  • Kinneret, in: O. Keel, Corpus der Stempelsiegel-Amulette aus Palästina/Israel: Vol. V: Von Tell el-Idham bis Tel Kitan. Mit Beiträgen von Daphna Ben-Tor, Baruch Brandl, Stefan Münger und Leonardo Pajarola. (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis. Series Archaeologica 35), Fribourg/Göttingen 2017, 602-617.
  • Khirbet Qeiyafa – A View from Tel Kinrot in the Eastern Lower Galilee, in: S. Schroer/S. Münger (eds.), Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Shephelah. Papers Presented at a Colloquium of the Swiss Society for Ancient Near Eastern Studies Held at the University of Bern, September 6, 2014 (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 282). Fribourg (CH): Academic Press, 113-136.
  • (together with S. Schroer) (eds.), Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Shephelah. Papers Presented at a Colloquium of the Swiss Society for Ancient Near Eastern Studies Held at the University of Bern, September 6, 2014 (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 282). Fribourg (CH): Academic Press.

2016

  • (together with J. Zangenberg, R. Hakola, B. McCane, T. Rassalle, D. Kessi, Y. Shivti’el, J. Ballard, L. den Hertog, A. Berkheij-Dol, F. Neumann, P. Bes and U. Tervahauta), Horbat Kur — Horbat Kur, Kinneret Regional Project — 2012, 2013, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel 128 (2016), online.

2014

  • (together with T.E. Levy), The Iron Age Egyptian Amulet Assemblage, in: T.E. Levy, M. Najjar and E. Ben-Yosef (eds.), New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan: Surveys, Excavations and Research from the University of California, San Diego & Department of Antiquities of Jordan, Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP) (Monumenta archaeologica 35), Los Angeles: The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press 2014, 2:741–765.
  • (together with T.E. Levy and M. Najjar), A Newly Discovered Scarab of Sheshonq I: Recent Iron Age Explorations in Southern Jordan, in: Antiquity – Project Gallery, online.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg, R. Hakola and B.R. McCane), The Kinneret Regional Project Excavations of a Byzantine Synagogue at Horvat Kur, Galilee, 2010-2013: A Preliminary Report, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 2/4 (2013 [2014]), 557-576.
  • (together with F.H. Neumann, J. Zangenberg and Y. Shivti'el), Galilee Blooming: First Palynological and Archaeological Data from an Early Byzantine Cistern at Horvat Kur, Environmental Archaeology 18 (2013 [2014]) 39-54. DOI.

2013

  • Early Iron Age Kinneret – Early Aramaean or Just Late Canaanite? Remarks on the Material Culture of a Border Site in Northern Palestine at the Turn of an Era, in: A. Berlejung and M.P. Streck (eds.), Arameans, Chaldeans, and Arabs in Babylonia and Palestine in the First Millennium B.C. (Leipziger Altorientalistische Studien 3). Wiesbaden 2013, 149-182.
  • Geser 691, in: O. Keel, Corpus der Stempelsiegel-Amulette IV (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis. Series Archaeologica 33), Fribourg/Göttingen 2013, 464-465.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg), Antike jüdische Synagoge weiter ausgegraben, Antike Welt 1/2013 (2013) 58-60.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg and T. Rassalle), Synagoge van Horvat Kur geeft steeds meer geheimen bloot, Archeologiemagazine 1/2013 (2013) 40-43.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg, R. Hakola, R. Bonnie and P. Wyssmann), Horbat Kur — 2011 Preliminary Report, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel 125 (2013), online.

2012

  • « … et on l’inhuma dans sa maison » (1 S 25,1) : Indices archéologiques au sujet de l'enterrement dans la maison d'habitation en Ancien Israël et dans ses alentours pendant le Fer I (c. 1130–950 avant notre ère), in: J.M. Durand, T. Römer and J. Hutzli (eds.), Les vivants et leurs morts. Actes du colloque organisé par le Collège de France, Paris, les 14-15 avril 2012 (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 257), Fribourg/Göttingen 2012, 227-239.
  • Art. Chinneret (I. Archaeology; II. Hebrew Bible), in: The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception 5, Berlin et al. 2012, 130-131.
  • (together with O. Keel), Excavated Stamp-Seal Amulets, in: A.M. Maeir (ed.), Tell es-Safi/Gath I: The 1996-2005 Seasons (Ägypten und Altes Testament 69), Wiesbaden 2012, 455-461 with Pls. 18.1-18.3.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg), Horvat Kur - Ein antikes galiläisches Dorf am See Gennezareth, Momentum 2/2012 (2012) 6-7.

2011

  • Art. Beth-Gader, in: The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception 3, Berlin et al. 2011, 977–978.
  • Art. Besor, in: The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception 3, Berlin et al. 2011, 935.
  • Studien zur Frühen Eisenzeit in Israel/Palästina, PhD thesis, University of Bern, XIV + 387p.
  • (together with O. Keel), Scarabs from a Burial Cave Near Horbat Zelef, ‘Atiqot 68 (2011) 47–57.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg and J. Pakkala; in collaboration with G. Bar-Oz, M. Klee, K. Saarelainen, I. Thomsen, and W. Zwickel), Kinneret – An Urban Center at the Crossroads: Excavations on Iron IB Tel Kinrot at the Lake of Galilee, Near Eastern Archaeology 74 (2011) 68-90.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg), Horbat Kur - Preliminary Report, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel 123 (2011), online.

2010

  • (together with J. Zangenberg and R. Hakola), Antike Synagoge am See Gennesaret gefunden, Antike Welt 5/2010 (2010) 4.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg and R. Hakola), Erneut antike Synagoge am See Gennesaret entdeckt, Welt und Umwelt der Bibel 4/2010 (2010) 62-63.

2009

  • Art. Ariel, in: C. Uehlinger, et al. (eds.) Iconography of Deities and Demons in the Bible, E.J. Brill, Leiden/Boston/Köln (2009; electronic pre-publication).
  • Art. Aijalon, in: The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception 1, Berlin et al. 2009, 682-683.
  • «Handle with Care» – Notes on Stamp-Seal Impressions on Jar Handles and a Bulla from Early Iron Age Tell el-'Orēme/Tell el-'Orēme/Tēl Kinrōt, in: Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 125 (2009) 116-138.
  • (together with M. Dubach) (ed.), Begegnungen, Belastungen, Bewegungen. Berner Münster­pre­digten von Walter Dietrich, Reinhardt Verlag, Basel 2009.
  • (together with M. Nissinen), «Down the River…» – A Fenestrated Vessel from Tel Kinrot in its Context, in: E. Kapitjin/L. Petit (eds.), A Timeless Vale. Archaeological and Related Es-says on the Jordan Valley in Honour of Gerrit van der Kooij on the Occasion of his Sixty-fifth Birthday (Archaeological Studies Leiden University 19). Leiden, 2009, 129-144.
  • (together with J. Pakkala and J. Zangenberg), Tel Kinrot – Horvat Kur. Kinneret Regional Project – The 2008 Season, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel 121 (2009), online.

2008

  • Excavations at Tel Kinrot – The 2008 Season, in: Archaeological Newsletter of the Israel Na-ture and Parks Authority, ed. by Tsvika Tsuk, July 2008 (2008) 4-5 (Hebrew).
  • (together with J. Pakkala, K. Saarelainen, K. Valkama and Jürgen Zangenberg), Kinneretin kaivaukset vuonna 2007, in: Teologinen Aikakauskirja 3/2008 (2008) 195-208.
  • (together with T. E Levy, T. Higham, C. Bronk-Ramsey, N. G. Smith, E. Ben Yosef, M. Robinson, K. Knabb, J. Schultz, M. Najjar and L. Tauxe). High Precision Radiocarbon Dating and Historical Biblical Archaeology in Southern Jordan, in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 43 (2008) 16460-16465.

2007

  • Amulets in Context: Catalogue of Scarabs, Scaraboids and Stamp-seals from Tel Kinrot/Tell el-'Orēme (Israel), in: S. Bickel/S. Schroer/R. Schurte/C. Ueh­lin­ger (eds.), Bilder als Quellen – Images as Sources. Studies on Ancient Near Eastern Artefacts and the Bible Inspired by the Work of Othmar Keel (OBO Special Volume), Fribourg/Göttingen, 2007, 81-99.
  • Stamp Seals and Seal Impressions, in: R. Cohen and H. Bernick-Greenberg, Excavations at Kadesh Barnea (Tell el-Qudeirat) 1976-1982 (IAA Reports 34/1), Jerusalem 2007, 237-242.
  • (together with J. Pakkala, J. Zangenberg and W. Zwickel), Das 'Kinneret Regional Project' – eine europäische Expedition an das Nordwestufer des Sees Gennesaret, in: Gemeindebrief der Jerusalemer Erlöserkirche 4/07 (2007) 19-22.

2006

  • (together with N. Marom and G. Bar-Oz), An Incised Scapula and its Possible Use as Part of a Lute, in: Near Eastern Archaeology 69 (2006) 49-52.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg and W. Zwickel), Kinneret – Die geheimnisvolle Metropole Palästinas, in: Welt und Umwelt der Bibel 3/2006 (2006) 63-64.

2005

  • Medien und Ethnizität – Das Beispiel einer Tanitischen Stempelsiegel-Gruppe der Frühen Eisenzeit, in: C. Frevel (ed.), Medien im antiken Palästina? Materielle Kommunikation und Medialität als Thema der Palästinaarchäologie, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2005 (Forschungen zum Alten Testament II), 85-107.
  • Of Pots and Strata… A Reply to "Kinneret and Early Iron Age Chronology" by E.A. Knauf, in: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Evangelischen Instituts für Altertumswissenschaft des Heiligen Landes 9/10 (2005) 77-91.
  • Stamp-Seal Amulets and Early Iron Age Chronology – An Update, in: T.E. Levy/T. Higham (eds.), The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating – Archaeology, Text and Science, London/Oakville 2005, 381-404.
  • (together with O. Keel), Seal-amulets, in: M. Dothan/D. Ben-Shlomo, Ashdod VI. Excavations of Areas H-K. The Fourth and Fifth Seasons 1968-69, IAA Reports Series 24, Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem 2005, 273-279.
  • (together with T.E. Levy, M. Najjar, A. Muniz, S. Malena, E. Monroe, M. Behenc, N.G. Smith, T. Higham and K. Maes), Iron Age Burial in the Lowlands of Edom, in: Annual of the Department of Antiquities in Jordan 46 (2005) 443-487.
  • (together with J. Zangenberg and J. Pakkala), Excavations on the Sea of Galilee: The 2004 Season of the German-Finnish-Swiss Expedition to Tel Kinrot, in: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Evangelischen Instituts für Altertumswissenschaft des Heiligen Landes 9/10 (2005): 187-191.

2004

  • (together with O. Keel), Appendix II: Stamp Seal Amulet, in: Y. Magen/I. Eisenstadt, Ancient Burial Caves in Samaria: 'Askar (grotto near Shechem), in: H. Hizmi/A. de-Groot, Burial Caves and Sites in Judea and Samaria. From the Bronze and Iron Ages (JSP 4), Jerusalem 2004, 13.50.
  • (together with O. Keel), Appendix II: Stamp Seal Amulets, in: Y. Peleg/I. Eisenstadt, A Late Bronze Age Tomb at Ḥebron (Tell er-Rumeidi), in: H. Hizmi/A. de-Groot, Burial Caves and Sites in Judea and Samaria. From the Bronze and Iron Ages (JSP 4), Jerusalem 2004, 240-241.255.
  • (together with O. Keel), Appendix I: Stamp Seal Amulets, in: Y. Peleg, Roman Famhouse and Late Bronze Burial Cave from Otniel, in: H. Hizmi/A. de-Groot, Burial Caves and Sites in Judea and Samaria. From the Bronze and Iron Ages (JSP 4), Jerusalem 2004, 276-277.284.
  • (together with O. Keel), The Scarab, in: M. Peilstöcker, Khirbat Sha'ira: Excavations of a Rural Settlement from the Middle Bronze Age II in the Vicinity of Tel Afeq (Aphek), in: 'Atiqot 48 (2004) 74-76.
  • (together with J. Pakkala and J. Zangenberg), Kinneret Regional Project: Tel Kinrot Excavations. Tel Kinrot – Tell el-'Oreme – Kinneret, Proceedings of the FIME Report 2/2004, Finnish Institute in the Middle East, Vantaa 2004.

2003

  • Egyptian Stamp-Seal Amulets and Their Implications for the Chronology of the Early Iron Age: Tel Aviv 30 (2003) 66-82.
  • (together with W. Dietrich), Die Herrschaft Sauls und der Norden Israels, in: C. den Hertog/U. Hübner/S. Münger (ed.), Saxa loquentur. Festschrift für Volkmar Fritz zum 65. Geburtstag, Alter Orient und Altes Testament 302, Ugarit Verlag, Münster 2003, 49-69.
  • (together with W. Dietrich), Zentrum und Peripherie. Die früheisenzeitliche Stadt Kinneret und ihr regionaler Kontext, in: J. Zangenberg et al. (ed.), Leben am See Gennesaret, Antike Welt Sonderheft, Philip von Zabern, Mainz 2003, 43-46.
  • (together with G. Fassbeck and S. Röhl), Gotteshaus und Hausgott. Mögliche Hinweise auf häusliche Kultpraxis im antiken Kinneret, in: J. Zangenberg et al. (ed.), Leben am See Gennesaret, Antike Welt Sonderheft, Philip von Zabern, Mainz 2003, 47-51.
  • (together with C. den Hertog and U. Hübner) (ed.), Saxa loquentur. Festschrift für Volkmar Fritz zum 65. Geburtstag, Alter Orient und Altes Testament 302, Ugarit Verlag, Münster 2003.

2002

  • (together with V. Fritz), Vorbericht über die zweite Phase der Ausgrabungen in Kinneret (Tell el-'Orēme) am See Gennesaret, 1994-1999, in: Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 118 (2002) 2-32.

2001

  • Art. Jokneam, in: H.-D. Betz et al. (ed.), Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Vol. 4, Mohr [Siebeck], Tübingen 2001 (fourth edition), 566.
  • (together with W. Dietrich), Ausgrabungen in Kinneret/Israel, in: Schweizer Arbeits­gemeinschaft für klassische Archäologie (ed.), Schweizer Ausgrabungen im Ausland. Methodik, Ziele und wissenschaftliche Praxis, Wassmuth (Berlin; Distributor), Fribourg 2001, 45-61.

1999

  • Art. Ariel, in: K. van der Toorn, B. Becking, P.W. van der Horst (eds.), Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, E.J. Brill, Leiden/Boston/Köln 1999 (second edition), 88-89.
  • Kinneret ( Tell el-'Orēme/Tel Kinrot) 1999, in: Rundbrief der SGOA/SSPOA 45 (1999), 17-19.
2014-2017  Swiss National Science Foundation Grant for the publication project «The Material Culture of Tel Kinrot (Israel) – The Early Iron Age»  
2014  «Haller Medaille», University of Bern  
2011-2014  White Levy Publication Grant for the project «The Early Iron Age City on Tell el-'Orēme/Tel Kinrot (Galilee): Material Culture, Urban Life and Regional Context» (together with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zangenberg, Leiden/NL)  
2005-2008  'Bern University Science Foundation' for the Tel Kinrot excavations, Seasons 2005, 2007 and 2008  
2004/2007  'Deutscher Verein zur Erforschung Palästinas' for the Tel Kinrot excavations, Seasons 2004 and 2007 
2000-2001
'Research Grant for Young Scholars' by the Swiss National Science Foundation