by Konrad Hammann
Trans. Philip E. Devenish
Rudolf Bultmann was the giant of twentieth-century New Testament scholarship. His pioneering studies in biblical criticism shaped research on the composition of the gospels, and his call for “demythologizing” biblical language sparked debate among Christian theologians worldwide. This definitive biography—now in English for the first time—traces his career in Germany through the tumult of two world wars. Through richly drawn connections between events in his life and his theology, Hammann illuminates Bultmann’s contributions to biblical historical criticism and the changing role of religion in public life in Europe.
Konrad Hammann is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology and its Didactic in the Evangelical-Theological Faculty of the University of Münster, Germany. Born in 1955, he studied theology in Marburg, Tübingen, Munich and Göttingen. He held an academic assistantship in Munich from 1980 – 81 and a vicariate in Verden/Aller from 1981 – 83. He also served as a pastor in Schwalmstadt-Trutzhain from 1984 – 91, receiving his PhD in 1988. From 1991 – 2003, he served as pastor in Göttingen, completing his postdoctoral qualification at the University of Göttingen in 1998.