Doctor in Theology, University Heidelberg, 1963. Doctor in Habilitation, University Münster, Germany, 1967.
Pastor, Protestant Church of Berlin, 1959-1966; assistant, U. Münster, 1966-1971; professor Old Testament studies, U. Münster, 1971-1978; professor Old Testament studies, U. Hamburg, Germany, 1978-1983; professor Old Testament studies, history of religion, U. Münster, since 1983.
Member New York Academy Sciences.
Married Karin Engmann, April 24, 1959. 1 child, Hans-Michael.