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free reading theological German textbook, dictionary: theological, philosophical German

Theological German: A Reading Course

has been written for students preparing to pass a Language Reading Examination in German in the area of theology and religion. The text presupposes no previous acquaintance with German and concentrates on essentials for reading comprehension and translation.

This textbook is accompanied/complemented by an online German-English Dictionary of Theological and Philosophical German ( which has been designed as an open and free-and-easy-access comprehensive reference tool for translation.

Included in the dictionary are the most important areas of Theology and Religion or Religionswissenschaften, such as Archeology, Religious Art and Architecture, Church History, Comparative Religion, Ethics, Judaic Studies, Language, Linguistics, and Literature, Missions, Mythology and Folklore, Pastoral Counseling, Sacred Music, and Philosophy. 

Anyone working in these fields will find the Online-Dictionary already quite adequate and very useful because the range of the specialized vocabulary is similar and overlapping.

We also include important abbreviations, Latin phrases and German, Latin, and Greek root words which are used as technical terms with very specific meanings.

This Online-Dictionary continues to improve, and it grows as new words are entered and corrections are made every day. Since this is work-in-progress and all entries are set up around a specific use of the vocabulary, we make no guarantee of completeness. However, over 41,000 entries are already in our database with a vocabulary corpus of more than 75,800 words and phrases.

The textbook: Wolfgang Kunze. Theological German: A Reading Course. 4th ed.  Berrien Springs: Hillcrest Publ., 2010 is now available in PDF format as a free download. The same free version in PDF format can also be downloaded from the online dictionary site. German-English Dictionary of Theological and Philosophical German. Click on TEXTBOOK: READING THEOL GERMAN:  Theological German: A Reading Course (Full Textbook)

By Section:

Front Page
Permission and Acknowledgments

Pronunciation Guide  Chapters 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11  12   13   14  15    16

Reading Passages:


Vocabulary is in the Online Dictionary: German English Dictionary of Theological & Philosophical German

Index Index

Full Book-Version in PDF format for free download.