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Michael Lattke

Michael Stephan Lattke (born 12 May 1942) is a scholar of the New Testament and early Christianity.

Lattke was born in Stettin, Germany. He was brought up in Solingen and studied at Bonn, Tübingen, Münster, Augsburg and München. In spite of his Roman Catholic background, at Tübingen he also studied Protestant theology, especially under the leading Protestant New Testament scholar Ernst Käsemann. He received the Dipl.-Theol. from Tübingen in 1968, the Dr. theol. from Freiburg in 1974, and the Dr. theol. habil. from Augsburg in 1979.

In 1981 Lattke settled in Brisbane, Australia and began teaching at the University of Queensland, where he also received a D.Litt. in 1992. In 1994 he became Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity Studies, and in 1997 he became a Senior Research Fellow of the Australian Research Council. Since October 2007, he has been Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland.

Lattke has published widely on the New Testament, early Christianity, early Judaism, early Christian hymns, and Gnosticism, and he has established himself as the world's foremost authority on the pseudepigraphical Odes of Solomon. In his comprehensive study of the Odes of Solomon, he has argued that the Odes were written originally in Greek. His commentary on the Odes has been translated into English by Marianne Ehrhardt for the Hermeneia series (published 2009 by Fortress Press). He is currently writing a commentary on the Apology of Aristides for the series "Kommentar zu frühchristlichen Apologeten" (published by Herder Verlag).

In 2003 the Australian Government awarded Lattke a Centenary Medal for his contribution to the field of early Christian studies, and in 2007 he was presented with the Festschrift, I Sowed Fruits into Hearts (Odes Sol. 17:13): Festschrift for Professor Michael Lattke, edited by Pauline Allen, Majella Franzmann and Rick Strelan (Strathfield: St Pauls, 2007).

Lattke is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), a life member of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity (SSEC), and an Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Early Christian Studies at the Australian Catholic University (ACU).


A comprehensive bibliography of Lattke's work is compiled in the Festschrift: I Sowed Fruits into Hearts (Odes Sol. 17:13): Festschrift for Professor Michael Lattke, ed. Pauline Allen, Majella Franzmann and Rick Strelan (2007).

  • Einheit im Wort: Die spezifische Bedeutung von ἀγάπη, ἀγαπᾶν und φιλεῖν im Johannesevangelium (München: Kösel-Verlag, 1975), originally presented as the author's Dr. theol. thesis, Freiburg im Breisgau (1974).
  • Die Oden Salomos in ihrer Bedeutung für Neues Testament und Gnosis, 4 vols. in 5 (1979–98).
  • Register zu Rudolf Bultmanns Glauben und Verstehen, Band I-IV (1984).
  • Hymnus: Materialien zu einer Geschichte der antiken Hymnologie (1991).
  • Collected Studies in Early Judaism, the New Testament and the Odes of Solomon (1974-1991), (1992) University of Queensland D.Litt. thesis.
  • Oden Salomos (1995).
  • Herbert Leroy, Jesus: Überlieferung und Deutung, 3rd edition (1999), edited with an introduction and bibliography by Anne Dawson and Michael Lattke.
  • Oden Salomos: Text, Übersetzung, Kommentar, 3 vols. (1999-2005).
  • "Die Oden Salomos: Einleitungsfragen und Forschungsgeschichte", Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 98 (2007) 277-307.
  • "War der Apologet Aristides ein Mann von Bildung?", in Frühchristentum und Kultur, ed. Ferdinand R. Prostmeier (2007) 35-74.
  • “Druckfehler, Ergänzungen und Verbesserungen im Kommentar zu den Oden Salomos”.
  • “Greek Words in the Syriac Text of the Apology of Aristides”, in Malphono w-Rabo d-Malphone: Studies in Honor of George A. Kiraz (2008) 383-403.
  • Odes of Solomon: A Commentary, Translated by Marianne Ehrhardt, Edited by Harold W. Attridge (Hermeneia; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009).
  • "Spuren des Römerbriefs in den Oden Salomos", in The Letter to the Romans, ed. Udo Schnelle (2009) 543-562.
  • "Der Tod Jesu Christi in der Apologie des Aristides. Eine Fallstudie mit forschungsgeschichtlicher Einleitung und Bibliographie", Early Christianity 1 (2010) 575-601.
  • Die Oden Salomos: Griechisch-koptisch-syrisch mit deutscher Übersetzung (Darmstadt: WBG, 2011).
  • "„Taufe“ und „untertauchen“ in Aphrahats ܬܚܘܝܬܐ (taḥwyāṯā)”, in Ablution, Initiation, and Baptism: Late
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