Friedrich Schleiermacher's importance and influence as the
"father of modern theology" has long been
recognized. As the first person to hold public academic
lectures on the subject of the life of Jesus, Schleiermacher set the
pattern for many of the major trends of the past century and a half
in this area of New Testament interpretation.
This book contains the lecture manuscripts from the year 1832
together with a reconstruction of the lectures on the basis of notes
taken by his students. It is significant both as a
contribution to the ongoing discussion of the life of Jesus and as a
source of illumination about Schleiermacher's christological thought
within the framework of his comprehensive interpretation of
Along with the lectures themselves, this book contains a critical
introduction and valuable annotations in which the editor relates
Schleiermacher's thought to his nineteenth-century context and to
the present theological discussion.
The extraordinary flurry of recent attempts to recover the
"real" Jesus invites renewed attention to the major
milestones in the long quest for the historical Jesus.
Schleiermacher's LIFE OF JESUS holds a special place among
them. The lectures provoked a lively debate about the Christ
of faith and the Jesus of history that continues to this day.
Not only teachers in the field of modern religious thought, but
anyone interested in the problems of faith and history will be
delighted to have them available in English again.
B. A. Gerrish
John Nuveen Professor Emeritus
University of Chicago
Distinguished Service Professor of Theology
Union Theological Seminary in Virginia