Examination Protestant Theology, University Heidelberg, 1969. Doctorate in Protestant Theology, University Heidelberg, 1972. Habilitation in Old Testament, University Heidelberg, 1977.
Professor Old Testament and Oriental history of religion University Heidelberg, 1980-1983. Professor biblical theology University Siegen, Germany, 1983-1995. Professor Old Testament, University Muenster, Germany, since 1995.
Speaker in field.
Elder Reformist Church, Hilchenbach, 1988-1995.
Married Helke Hainig, September 5, 1964. 1 child, Anuschka.