In Memoriam Willi Marxsen

You may be unfamiliar with the work of Willi Marxsen but he was a quite influential scholar a few decades ago. His specialization was New Testament and he studied with some of the real giants in the field, becoming, in due course, something of a giant himself.

Unlike some of our contemporaries who can only manage to publish one or two things (even with word processors and computerized tools) Marxsen wrote a lot. Here’s a mere selection:

Der Evangelist Markus. Studien zur Redaktionsgeschichte des Evangeliums, Göttingen 1956
Exegese und Verkündigung. Zwei Vorträge, München 1956
Der “Frühkatholizismus” im Neuen Testament, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1958
Anfangsprobleme der Christologie, Gütersloh 1960
Das Abendmahl als christologisches Problem, Gütersloh 1963
Einleitung in das Neue Testament. Eine Einführung in ihre Probleme, Gütersloh 1963
Die Auferstehung Jesu als historisches und als theologisches Problem, Gütersloh 1964
Der Streit um die Bibel, Gladbeck 1965
Das Neue Testament als Buch der Kirche, Gütersloh 1966
Der Exeget als Theologe. Vorträge zum Neuen Testament, Gütersloh 1968
Die Auferstehung Jesu von Nazareth, Gütersloh 1968
Darf man kleine Kinder taufen? Eine falsche Fragestellung, Gütersloh 1969
Predigten, Gütersloh 1969
Die Sache Jesu geht weiter, Gütersloh 1976
Christologie – praktisch, Gütersloh 1978
Einleitung in das Neue Testament. Eine Einführung in ihre Probleme, 4., völlig neu bearbeitete Auflage, Gütersloh 1978
Der 1. Thessalonicherbrief, Zürich 1979
Predigten mit neutestamentlichen Texten, Gütersloh 1980
Der 2. Thessalonicherbrief, Zürich 1982
“Christliche” und christliche Ethik im Neuen Testament, Gütersloh 1989
Jesus and Easter. Did God Raise the Historical Jesus from the Dead?, Nashville, 1990
Jesus and the Church. The Beginnings of Christianity, Philadelphia 1992

He was born on this day in 1919 and died, unfortunately too soon, in February of 1993.  He was a gentleman and a scholar.

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3 Responses to In Memoriam Willi Marxsen

  1. Matthew Crowe says:

    I just ordered his NT Intro from Paperback Swap, which was the first time I had seen his work.


    • Jim says:

      i think youll like it. im not surprised youve not heard of him. he’s not well known enough and most of his stuff has never been translated.


  2. Emerson Fast says:

    I remember Martin Hengel saying in one of his monographs: “I question whether Willi Marxsen truly understood the vision of his teacher [Bultmann].” Since hearing that, the name stuck. If true, it may not have even been a slant but a compliment.


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