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Neues Testament


Breytenbach, Cilliers, u. Christoph Markschies [Hrsg.]


Adolf Deissmann: Ein (zu Unrecht) fast vergessener Theologe und Philologe.


Leiden u. a.: Brill 2019. XIX, 303 S. = Novum Testamentum. Supplements, 174. Geb. EUR 118,00. ISBN 978-90-04-39018-8.


James Carleton Paget

Adolf Deissmann (1866–1937) taught New Testament at the universities of Heidelberg and (from 1908) Berlin, and he was Rector of the latter between 1930 and 1931. His scholarly reputation, contested during his own lifetime, was built mainly upon his work on Paul and his insistence that a key to interpreting the latter lay in realiz-ing that the language in which his letters were written had its origins in the world of which he was a part, and was best understood through comparison with non-literary Greek as this was found in papyri, inscriptions and ostraka broadly contemporaneous with him. These archaeological artefacts better reflected the essentially lower class world out of which Paul and his communities came. In Deissmann’s hands Paul emerged less as a theologian or intellectual ...

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