Christoph Markschies was born in 1962 in Berlin. He studied Evangelic theology, classical philology and philosophy in Marburg, Jerusalem, Munich and Tübingen. He obtained his doctorate in 1991 and professorship in 1994. He had lectured in Jena (1994-2000) and Heidelberg (2000-2004) before he became Professor of the History of Early Christianity at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He was the president of this university from 2006 to 2010, and has been the vice-president of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences since 2012. He received the Leibniz Prize in 2001.