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  • School Bible for Secondary Schools Prof. Dr. Georg Langenhorst (Didaktik des katholischen Religionsunterrichts und Religionspädagogik)
    “My school bible” is an aesthetic and well-conceived edition of a catholic school bible for 7 to 12 year old children which is used in all German dioceses (with the exception of Berlin and Cologne). The school bible used by older children in secondary schools goes back to 1980 and therefore does not meet today’s standards of aesthetic layout, selection of texts or modern didactics. On behalf of the Conference of German Bishops a revised translation is being prepared which is to serve as a binding basis. For this reason, a new school bible for secondary schools is to be conceived which, on the one hand, fulfils the scientific requirements and, on the other hand, meets today’s didactical and aesthetical standards. In accordance with the provisions of the Conference of German Bishops a new school bible is to be conceived. Simultaneously, didactical text material will be prepared with the aid of which the work with the future school bible can be reflected and realised.

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  • Manichaen psalm book Prof. Dr. Gregor Wurst (Kirchengeschichte)
    Manichaen research is still receiving impetus by the interpretation of the discovery of new manuscripts. Among the most important discoveries is the Manichaen collection of Medinet Madi at Faijum, Egypt, consisting of seven codices in the Coptic language, which was found in an antique bookshop in the late twenties and which is preserved in an equal measure at the papyrus collection of the Berlin and the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. A substantial part of this collection has not yet been published. Of particular importance to research is the Manichaen psalm book, which is a large collection of psalms grouped together according to various criteria, used on different occasions in Coptic-Manichaen communities of the 4th and 5th centuries. The first part of the psalm book has so far only been available in the form of a facsimile edition of 1988 by Søren Giversen but, apart from the provisional publication of a few texts, is still unpublished. Within the framework of Series coptica of the project “Corpus fontium manichaerum” (A. Van Tongerloo H. Van Oort, S.N.C. Lieu) funded by the Union académique internationale and UNESCO an entire new edition or initial edition, respectively, of the psalm book is in prepared. The project’s aim is to provide a critical diplomatic edition and a German translation of three groups of psalms for the Series coptica of the project CFM. We are dealing with the group of “Sunday psalms” (No. n 119-130) as well as the following groups of psalms comprising No n 131-135 and 136-149. The edition, shaped according to the model of the previous volumes of the CFM, comprises a critical apparatus as well as a translation on each opposite page. It further aims to compile the words and morphems contained in the text of the three groups of psalms. The project is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and The Arts as well as the University of Augsburg and employs a jointly financed scientific assistant. It serves the completion of the research project within the framework of the Heisenberg grant of the project leader.

  • Compendium of literary texts in religion classes (Didaktik des katholischen Religionsunterrichts und Religionspädagogik)
    Since religion classes have undergone anthropological change, the texts from autonomous literature used in religion classes are regarded with some degree of criticism both by literary didactic and theological orthodoxy (watering down of the Revelation). For the first time, this compendium is to show why and when those texts have been included. We aim to provide certain criteria of literary texts to be used in religion classes in a sensible and competence-oriented manner. On the basis of lyrical and narrative texts from current German literature it will be made clear how religion classes can be enriched by such texts and what methods should be used.