In Memoriam Rudolf Karl Bultmann

Rudolf Bultmann, the most important New Testament scholar in the history of Christianity, died on the 30th of July, 1976.

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Fundamentalists and the ignorant have demonized Bultmann as some sort of heretic but nothing could be further from the truth, as anyone who has bothered to read Bultmann’s bio or even his sermons knows.

Take a little time to read Bultmann, instead of reading about Bultmann, and you’ll come to appreciate the great man for yourself.

Lest we forget…

Author: Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.

8 thoughts on “In Memoriam Rudolf Karl Bultmann”

  1. Yes, I would like to read some of his work and get some understanding as to why he denied the pre-existence of Jesus. John 1:1-4 and Colossians 1:14-18 makes it clear, to me, that Jesus did exist before he came down from Heaven and became man. I’m trying to read and learn more.

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  2. On a personal level Rudolf Bultmann was an honest scholar, in the history-of-religions school. And he was a so-called pioneer in form criticism, analysing the pre-literary units, etc. But his demythologization, in the ideal of the reinterpretation of so-called mythology in scripture, in reality robs the text of its historical reality and genre, in the real Incarnational Christ, simply. Though Bultmann acknowledged the full reality of the Death of Christ!

    I have read his ‘Jesus Christ and Mythology’, and too E.J. Tinsley’s Bio: Rudolf Bultmann (Epworth Press).

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