Remembering Ernst Käsemann

Everyone knows his name- his scholarship- and his significance.  He was born on the 12th of July in 1906.  He died several years ago, on 17 February 1998.  And he is still worth reading and knowing.

A book recently published of his writings is discussed here and here.  When I was a lowly grad student I corresponded with Professor Käsemann and after his death uploaded a photo of his letter to me.  And, by the way, no part of that letter or the photo of the letter may be published without my express written permission (as it resides at present, along with other Käsemann correspondence, at Pitts Library, Emory University).

His work will, I think, continue to be very influential because he had something that most academics don’t today: a deep and abiding faith and piety.  Like his teacher, Rudolf Bultmann, he was a committed Christian and a committed exegete.  The text mattered to him because his faith mattered to him.  And while the rabid and ridiculous atheists may see that as a detriment to scholarship, such is hardly the case at all.  Involvement deepens engagement, it doesn’t hinder it.

Lest we forget…

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  1. He was a good man! We don’t have scholars today who first love and fear the Lord, at least as we did in the past. Most of my teachers & mentors are before the Lord now. Indeed there is a whole “Church” before the Lord in glory! “Whose faith follow”! (Heb. 12:1)

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