Born 1956 in Helsinki, Finland, Christoph Schmidt grew up in Germany, where he finished school in 1976. Since 1977 he has lived in Israel. Schmidt earned a BA in Jewish thought and German literature at the Hebrew University and an MA in comparative literature and philosophy (thesis on Heidegger and Hoelderlin). In 1995 he received a Ph.D summa cum laude (thesis on the Hermeneutics of Shock, Adorno, Schoenberg, Heidegger).
Since 1994 Schmidt has been teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at the Department for German Literature and the Department for Cultural Studies, and since 2011 at the Philosophy Department and the School for Philosophy and Religion. Since 1996 he has been a research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, organizing study groups and conferences in the field of political theology.
His main fields of interest are phenomenology, aesthetic theory and political theology.