Life of jesus critically examined strauss
The Life Of Jesus Critically Examined by David Friedrich Strauss
Strausss interpretation of biblical events was a result of and a response to the attacks on orthodox Christianity brought by the Enlightenment. In the face of scepticism about such biblical events as miracles, his aim was to explain how Christians came to believe when there was no objective historical basis for their faith. Taking the resurrection as the key article of faith, his verdict was that religion was an expression of the human minds ability to generate myths and interpret them as truths revealed by God. Influenced by Hegel and Schleiermacher, Strauss characterized Christianity as a stage in the evolution of pantheism that had reached its culmination in Hegelian philosophy. He thus created an entirely new atmosphere of scholarship on Christs life and historical criticism of the Bible. The furore turned the Life of Jesus into a cause celebre and to German liberals Strauss became a symbol for the freedom of thought.
Reprinting the English translation in its original and most important edition for the first time, these three volumes provide the reader with the key work of one of the worlds most well-known and frank critics of Christianity.
Author: David Friedrich Strauss (1808-74) German theologian, historian of religion and moralist.
Translator: George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (1819-80), author of Middlemarch, Silas Marner, etc.
t--he first reprinting of this ground-breaking work in its most important edition
--translated into English by George Eliot -her first published book and thus an important milestone in the history of womens literature
--translated from the 4th edition, Strausss preferred version
The Life Of Jesus Critically Examined
Download M4B MB. The price that Strauss paid for publication was high — his book scandalized Europe, and cost him his job as Chair of Theology at the University of Zurich, and ultimately his career. Dozens of books, mostly from Germany, were written in rebuttal. The school of Rationalism died in the 19th century, due in no small part to Strauss' criticism. The school of Literalism that Strauss criticized evolved into Fundamentalism in the early 20th century, which was in large part a reaction to the groundbreaking path started by Strauss and his revolutionary book.
Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. David Friedrich Strauss's Das Leben Jesu kritisch bearbeitet brought about a new dawn in Biblical criticism by applying the 'myth theory' to the life of Jesus. Strauss treated the Gospel narrative like any other historical work, and denied all supernatural elements in the Gospels. Das Leben Jesu created an overnight sensation and Strauss became embroiled in fierce controversy. This earliest English version of was translated by the novelist George Eliot, and was her first published book. Strauss's interpretation of biblical events was a result of and a response to the attacks on orthodox Christianity brought by the Enlightenment. In the face of scepticism about such biblical events as miracles, his aim was to explain how Christians came to believe when there was no objective historical basis for their faith.
Strauss was a pioneer in the historical investigation of Jesus. Born and died in Ludwigsburg , near Stuttgart. At age 12 he was sent to the evangelical seminary at Blaubeuren , near Ulm , to be prepared for the study of theology. Two of the principal masters in the school were Professors Friedrich Heinrich Kern — and Ferdinand Christian Baur , who instilled in their pupils a deep appreciation for the ancient classics and the principles of textual criticism, which could be applied to texts in the sacred tradition as well as to classical ones. Hegel died just as he arrived, and though Strauss regularly attended Schleiermacher's lectures, it was only those on the life of Jesus that interested him. Strauss tried to find kindred spirits among the followers of Hegel but was not successful.
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