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And the Best Slam in a Book Review Goes to Rudolf Bultmann…

Who wrote of Georg Brandes’ life of Jesus (wherein Brandes calls into question the reality of Jesus), Is it really possible that such a book has a real writer as its author? Nice!

Fun Bultmannian Facts

A Bultmann Gallery

Rudolf Bultmann: Scholar of Faith

Here’s a great essay for your reading pleasure: Rudolf Bultmann — who died on July 30, 1976 at the advanced age of 91 — was the last of the theological giants who grew up in the universities of the Kaiser’s Germany (he began to study theology in 1903 at 19), and the last of the …

The Anniversary of Bultmann’s Birth. Oh Boy!

Here’s the great one himself:     And yes, all the great ones (except Zwingli) were born in August.

The Best Introduction To Bultmann

Decades ago Morris Ashcraft wrote the definitive exposition of the theology of Rudolf Bultmann.  It also went out of print decades ago and became a classic in the meanwhile. Hendrickson has, thankfully, republished this masterpiece in paperback and made it once more easily available. How can modern scientific humanity understand the strange religious language of …

In Appreciation: A Brief Piece on Bultmann (and von Rad) On the Anniversary of the Former’s Birth

When I was a small boy I started to attend the closest church to my home because I felt drawn to the place.  It just so happened to have been a Baptist church.  I had friends who attended other houses of worship but none of them seemed very appealing to my 14 year old mind. …

Bultmann’s Birth-iversary is Tomorrow

So there’s plenty to look forward to.  Till then-

Makers of the Modern Theological Mind: Rudolf Bultmann

Decades ago Morris Ashcraft wrote the definitive exposition of the theology of Rudolf Bultmann.  It also went out of print decades ago and became a classic in the meanwhile. Hendrickson has, thankfully, republished this masterpiece in paperback and made it once more easily available. How can modern scientific humanity understand the strange religious language of …

A Fun Fact About Rudolf Bultmann

According to his biographer, Konrad Hammann, Bultmann either sent or received around 20,000 pieces of correspondence over the course of his career! That’s a lot of mail!  And none of it was electronic!!!!

Remembering the Death of Rudolf Bultmann: His Most Influential Commentary

Personally, I’ll admit, I love his commentary on 2 Corinthians most, but I suppose it’s fair to say that his greatest commentary is the one on the Gospel of John.  In many ways it has been surpassed but it continues to exert grand influence on the area of Johannine studies.  I can’t think of a …

Remembering Rudolf Bultmann on the Anniversary of his Death: The Marburg Sermons

Bultmann was never ordained but he was frequently asked to preach and he was always active in the life of the Lutheran parish in Marburg.  It was his task to stand at the door with the poor box and receive offerings as congregants left the service on Sunday morning.  And he took this job seriously …

Bultmann: A Man Of Courage

As related by Kurt Anders Richardson on FB- Some years ago as a visiting prof at Uni Marburg theologische Fakultaet, I was told several times by different people about a certain non-lecture event. On the morning after that first Nazi pogrom, “Kristallnacht”, the regular lecture of Rudolf Bultmann was to take place. His usual hall …

The Two Best Books About Bultmann

The best biography of Bultmann is that of Konrad Hammann (and it’s better in German).  Particularly important is his discussion of Bultmann during the era of the Second World War. The best short study of Bultmann’s theology is Gareth Jones’s “Bultmann: Towards a Critical Theology“.  This book has not received the very wide attention it …

Remembering Bultmann on the Anniversary of His Death: The Gifford Lectures

In the early 60’s Bultmann delivered the Gifford lectures in a series titled “History and Eschatology”.  If you haven’t already, you can read those lectures, free. Here. Preface The following chapters contain the Gifford Lectures which I was invited to give at the University of Edinburgh from 7th February till 2nd March 1955 The printed …

F.F. Bruce- On The Passing of Bultmann

When the Society for New Testament Studies held its annual meeting in August 1976 at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, the secretary read out at the opening session the names of members who had died since the previous meeting. When this is done, the chairman usually invites those present to stand for a moment in …

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. 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 …

Read Rudolf Bultmann’s Dissertation

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The Anniversary of Rudolf Bultmann’s Death: Jesus and the Word

One of Bultmann’s more important books, Jesus and the Word correctly notes that virtually everything we think we know about Jesus stems from documents composed by persons of faith.  We have, it’s fair to say, very scant knowledge of the Jesus of History.  Spend some time today reading this volume.  Free, here.

Bultmann Was A Giant Long Before He Died

Der Spiegel carried this report about the great man and those who were in 1966 protesting him! RUDOLF BULTMANN ist neben Karl Barth der bedeutendste und zugleich der umstrittenste Theologe der Gegenwart. Die Schüler und Anhänger des 81jährigen Marburger Protestanten vergleichen seine Arbeiten mit denen Luthers, Kants und Kierkegaards, seine Gegner halten ihn für einen “Irrlehrer” …