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Hence, the decision to retain the ot was simultaneously a reassertion of monotheism as the indispensable presupposition of Christian faith. 59 For Schleiermacher the two opposing christological heresies are the Ebionite (or “Nazarean”) and the docetic; the former denies that Jesus is absolutely superior to all other persons by virtue of his God-consciousness and the latter denies that there is an essential likeness between him and all other persons (Gl. § 2:502, 504, notes to § 10 and 15 from the first German edition of 1821–1822). 101 Jaroslav Pelikan notes: “The Old Testament achieved and maintained its status as Christian Scripture with the aid of spiritual exegesis. 29 Joseph W. Pickle, “Schleiermacher on Judaism,” JR 60 (1980) 115. Friedrich Schleiermachers politische Wirksamkeit [New York and Berlin: de Gruyter, 2004] 2:374). Bultmann says that this continuity between Jesus and his Jewish heritage explains why “modern liberal Judaism can very well esteem Jesus as teacher.”. § 22.2). The impressive influence of Schleiermacher's hermeneutics was first brought out by Dilthey. Joachim Track; Stuttgart: Calwer, 1980] 144). Kendrick Grobel; 2 vols. 34 Matthias Wolfes makes this pointed observation: “The equation of the Old Testament and Jewish religion carried out by Schleiermacher has, however, a fatal consequence for the theological evaluation of Judaism. Jahrhunderts (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2002) 31, 33. There was no early Christian who simultaneously acknowledged the doctrinal authority of the Old Testament and interpreted it literally” (The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition 100–600 [vol. 51 Faith in Christ, according to Schleiermacher, is “a purely factual certainty, but a certainty of a fact which is entirely inward” (Gl. His parents were devout Christians and his father was a Reformed pastor who, for all intents and purposes, was an “Enlightenment” Moravian Pietist. 102 Today, historical-critical readings of scripture have to be defended against attacks from both ends of the theological spectrum. § 12.1–2). Victor Grubenwieser and Leonard Pearl; New York: Schocken, 1976). Troeltsch thus called for a more careful distinction between “the properly historical” and “the philosophically historical, normative element.”. 35 Barth, Church Dogmatics, 1.2, 510. Though his statement implies that Judaism is “legalistic,” the primary target of his criticism is the extremely conservative use of the ot by some Christians such as his Berlin colleague Hengstenberg who appealed to the ot to defend the institution of monarchy and to oppose the modern liberal state. Schleiermacher was born November 21, 1768, in Breslau (now part of Poland). Jahrhunderts (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2002) 31, 33. Feature Flags last update: Fri Dec 04 2020 18:00:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time) It behaved ritually as if the Torah was the central facet of Judaism, but it dictated the way that the Torah should be read” (Frymer-Kensky, “The Emergence of Jewish Biblical Theologies,” in Jews, Christians, and the Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures [ed. ; Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1961) § 85; ET, Brief Outline on the Study of Theology (trans. The Life of Jesus (ed. § 103.3). of 1830–31; Edinburgh: T&T Clark; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1976). 65 Albert Schweitzer, The Quest of the Historical Jesus (trans. 53 “Dogmatic propositions arise only from logically ordered reflection upon the immediate utterances of the religious self-consciousness” (Gl. 91 H. Richard Niebuhr, The Meaning of Revelation (New York: Macmillan, 1941) 13. 106 Schubert M. Ogden, “The Authority of Scripture for Theology,” On Theology (San Francisco: Harper, 1986) 65–66. Query parameters: { That which is Jewish or Heathen is Jewish or Heathen, while that which is Christian is Christian. The German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) tried to defend religion against detractors and cynics of his day. Both are conceived and practiced by Schleiermacher not only in his exegetical work within the field of the New Testament; they rule his whole effort in the field of ancient philosophy, as witnessed by his translation of Plato. Hence, the decision to retain the ot was simultaneously a reassertion of monotheism as the indispensable presupposition of Christian faith. Opposing such “christianizing” readings, Schleiermacher broke ranks from Christian theologians and championed the side of the Jews in this historic debate. § 4.4). 100 Not only could Schleiermacher's method have allowed him to paint a more positive portrait of Judaism, but Jewish theologians could easily avail themselves, mutatis mutandis, of his formal model of theology. 84 B. § 21). 33 Tikva Frymer-Kensky writes: “The Bible is the source of halakic [legal] authority, but it does not function on its own and is not an independent source of authority in traditional Judaism. Jack C. Verheyden; trans. 110 James Barr identifies the usual false dichotomy at work here: “It is sometimes said that the historical relation between the Old and New Testaments is not in question, but that the problem lies in stating a theological relation. James Duke and Francis Fiorenza; American Academy of Religion Texts and Translations Series; Chico, Ca. § 66.2). Kendrick Grobel; 2 vols. Jack C. Verheyden; trans. 105 Michael Hilton, The Christian Effect on Jewish Life (London: SCM, 1994) 2. "comments": true, He argued against the canonical standing of the ot on the grounds that it expresses Jewish, not Christian, religion. ; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1969] 170). 31 Pickle points out that the emancipated Jews whom Schleiermacher knew held to these same views of Judaism on account of their commitment to the Enlightenment's ideal of a purely rational religion: “The uncompromising critic of natural religion sees, and tries to appreciate, Judaism in the guise formulated by passionate devotees of natural religion” (Pickle, “Schleiermacher on Judaism,” 137). 64 Horst Dietrich Preuss writes: “The opposition of Moses and Christ Schleiermacher takes from the Gospel of John which is also in other respects for him the most highly prized [of the gospels], and perhaps this even played a role in determining his attitude to ‘the Jews’” (Preuss, “Vom Verlust des Alten Testaments und seinen Folgen dargestellt anhand der Theologie und Predigt F. D. Schleiermachers,” in Lebendiger Umgang mit Schrift und Bekenntnis [ed. § 170–72. 1 Hans-Joachim Kraus insists: “For the basic understanding of the Old Testament in the nineteenth century, Schleiermacher's statements were of no small importance” (Kraus, Die Geschichte der historisch-kritischen Erforschung des Alten Testaments von der Reformation bis zur Gegenwart [2d ed. Pickle concludes that Schleiermacher's view of Judaism was not really negative so much as it was ambivalent. 26 The force of this observation is qualified when Schleiermacher insists upon the need for a critical investigation into the nt canon: “The Protestant Church necessarily claims to be continually occupied in determining the New Testament canon more exactly. 70 Rudolf Bultmann, Theology of the New Testament (trans. In conversation with the nascent early nineteenth-century research on the Synoptics, Schleiermacher proposed a theory of Synoptic dependence resting on orally transmitted stories about Jesus prior to their redaction by the New Testament authors. 99 In a handwritten marginal comment, Schleiermacher did attribute the emergence of monotheism to “revelation” (Gl. 95 Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology (3 vols. At the completion of his course at Halle, Schleiermacher became the private tutor to the family of Friedrich Alexander Burggraf und Graf zu Dohna-Schlobitten (1741–1810), developing in a cultivated and aristocratic household his deep love of family and social life. 26 The force of this observation is qualified when Schleiermacher insists upon the need for a critical investigation into the nt canon: “The Protestant Church necessarily claims to be continually occupied in determining the New Testament canon more exactly. W. Montgomery; New York: Macmillan, 1968) 62, 66. Question: "Who was Friedrich Schleiermacher?" "languageSwitch": true Alice Ogden Bellis and Joel S. Kaminsky; Atlanta: SBL, 2000] 111). § 94). Friedrich Schleiermacher argues that Calvin's proof texts are not "referring to the devil", and any references to the devil by Jesus and his contemporaries are not derived from divine revelation, including the Old Testament. Bultmann says that this continuity between Jesus and his Jewish heritage explains why “modern liberal Judaism can very well esteem Jesus as teacher.”. 01 July 2009. George Hunsinger and William C. Placher; New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992) 3, 68. Krister Stendahl, Paul Among Jews and Gentiles (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1976) 7–23. 100 Not only could Schleiermacher's method have allowed him to paint a more positive portrait of Judaism, but Jewish theologians could easily avail themselves, mutatis mutandis, of his formal model of theology. The New Testament canon has obtained its present form through the decision of the Church,” though “[t]his is not a decision to which we attribute an authority exalted above all inquiry.” “It must be permissible, then … to have the canon in two forms: that which has been handed down historically and that which has been separated out critically” (Brief Outline, § 110, 114). }, Friedrich Schleiermacher on the Old Testament*, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0017816009000819. 27 Gl. 1 of The Christian Tradition; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971] 81). Troeltsch thus called for a more careful distinction between “the properly historical” and “the philosophically historical, normative element.”. One need not endorse the Hegelianism of Strauss as a condition for recognizing the importance of myth as a category of biblical interpretation. George Hunsinger and William C. Placher; New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992) 3, 68. In his view, the evangelical narratives arose from the living Jewish tradition. Feature Flags: { See Kurze Darstellung des theologischen Studiums zum Behuf einleitender Vorlesungen (ed. 78 H. Richard Niebuhr, Radical Monotheism and Western Culture (New York: Harper, 1970) 39–40. In another place, Schleiermacher speculated on John's relation to Jesus: “In John's Gospel the interest is historical: was the author a contemporary witness?” (Schleiermacher, Hermeneutics and Criticism, 212). Gerrish likens this logic of christological reflection to that found in Athanasius and Luther. We have other references in the Old Testament that refer to the ‘spiritual battle’, particularly in Daniel 10; note: 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. … Judaism was almost equally supersessionist, but it did not make its supersessionism apparent. A founder of Protestant theology. Robert Morgan and Michael Pye; Atlanta: John Knox, 1977] 158, 177). 74 Beckmann, Die Fremde Wurzel, 133 n. 530. Full text views reflects PDF downloads, PDFs sent to Google Drive, Dropbox and Kindle and HTML full text views. He argued against the canonical standing of the ot on the grounds that it expresses Jewish, not Christian, religion. : 608). 40 For an early critique of Schleiermacher's thought along these lines, see J. C. F. Steudel, “Über Schleiermacher's und Marheineke's Ansicht über das Alte Testament,” in idem, Vorlesungen über die Theologie des Alten Testaments (ed. ; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951, 1957, 1963) 1:142. Hermann Mulert; Giessen: Töpelmann, 1908) 41–43; ET, On the Glaubenslehre: Two Letters to Dr. Lücke (trans. Schleiermacher added that this perfect God-consciousness was “a veritable existence of God in him” (Gl. Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. "lang": "en" Copyright © President and Fellows of Harvard College 2009, Hostname: page-component-b4dcdd7-pwkpp If Beckmann had been willing to follow Strauss down this path, he could have claimed that Strauss, not Hofmann, provided the best alternative to Schleiermacher's position. § 2:502, 504, notes to § 10 and 15 from the first German edition of 1821–1822). Such historical judgments are always matters of probability. Schleiermacher argued that religion is not a cognitive matter of human reason—the view of deists with their propositions of natural religion and Christians who defended orthodox confessions. § 100.3). § 12.3. Though Troeltschs's dogmatics follows Schleiermacher's model, it includes a discussion of “The Religious Significance of the History of Israel” (85–86). § 93. Liberal theology includes a wide variety of theological, philosophical, and biblical perspectives that have their roots in the European Enlightenment (c. 1660–1798). 94 Hans W. Frei called Tillich “Schleiermacher redivivus.” Frei, Types of Modern Theology (ed. AKA Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher. and cited by section and paragraph); ET, The Christian Faith (ed. A. Gerrish, Saving and Secular Faith: An Invitation to Systematic Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999) 98. His writings (over two and a half dozen of which have been translated into English) span the spectrum of the practical and scholarly subdivisions within Christian religious studies, save Old Testament, which he claimed does not “share the normative dignity or inspiration of the New” (Schleiermacher 1999 ed. ; Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1961) § 85; ET, Brief Outline on the Study of Theology (trans. We use cookies to distinguish you from other users and to provide you with a better experience on our websites. 105 Michael Hilton, The Christian Effect on Jewish Life (London: SCM, 1994) 2. However, he attended the lectures of Semler and became acquainted with the techniques of historical criticism of the New Testament , and of Johann Augustus Eberhard from whom he acquired a love of the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle . 111 Ogden submits that “the key” to answering the question of the ot lies in “the insight that the writings of the Old Testament contain the most fundamental presuppositions … of the Jesus-kerygma. 79 Bultmann, Theology of the New Testament, 1:34–35. On the left, Dale B. Martin, working from a “postmodern” position, argues against “the notion that Christians should insist on the necessity of historical criticism” (Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation [Louisville: John Knox, 2006] 9). One need not endorse the Hegelianism of Strauss as a condition for recognizing the importance of myth as a category of biblical interpretation. 37 Meeks, “Judaism, Hellenism, and the Birth of Christianity,” 24–26. 41 Hermeneutics and Criticism and Other Essays (ed. W. J. Montague; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1982) 15–47. We use cookies to distinguish you from other users and to provide you with a better experience on our websites. S. MacLean Gilmour; Lives of Jesus series; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1975). This led him to write On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers (1799). 76 This way of posing the question of the material continuity between the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith was the signal contribution of the post-Bultmannian “New Quest” initiated by Ernst Käsemann. Terrence N. Tice; Atlanta: John Knox, 1977). At age nine his father came into contact with Pietismandentered into a devotional lifestyle. 53 “Dogmatic propositions arise only from logically ordered reflection upon the immediate utterances of the religious self-consciousness” (Gl. 4 Stephen Sykes, The Identity of Christianity: Theologians and the Essence of Christianity from Schleiermacher to Barth (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 99. Feature Flags: { 59 For Schleiermacher the two opposing christological heresies are the Ebionite (or “Nazarean”) and the docetic; the former denies that Jesus is absolutely superior to all other persons by virtue of his God-consciousness and the latter denies that there is an essential likeness between him and all other persons (Gl. Close this message to accept cookies or find out how to manage your cookie settings. § 93.1). Though Troeltschs's dogmatics follows Schleiermacher's model, it includes a discussion of “The Religious Significance of the History of Israel” (85–86). [trans. 64 Horst Dietrich Preuss writes: “The opposition of Moses and Christ Schleiermacher takes from the Gospel of John which is also in other respects for him the most highly prized [of the gospels], and perhaps this even played a role in determining his attitude to ‘the Jews’” (Preuss, “Vom Verlust des Alten Testaments und seinen Folgen dargestellt anhand der Theologie und Predigt F. D. Schleiermachers,” in Lebendiger Umgang mit Schrift und Bekenntnis [ed. Though his statement implies that Judaism is “legalistic,” the primary target of his criticism is the extremely conservative use of the ot by some Christians such as his Berlin colleague Hengstenberg who appealed to the ot to defend the institution of monarchy and to oppose the modern liberal state. W. J. Montague; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1982) 15–47. * Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 4th December 2020. 28 Gl. Terrence N. Tice; Atlanta: John Knox, 1977). In his view, the evangelical narratives arose from the living Jewish tradition. ), Cambridge Companion to Schleiermacher. Schleiermacher’s life, those on the Augsburg Confession having been delivered in 1830, and a full collection of his preaching from 1831–34 having been included in the Collected Works.18 Also from the later years come the “Letters to 10 Friedrich Schleiermacher, Der christliche Glaube, nach den Grundsaetzen der evangelischen 3 Karl Barth exclaimed: “A religio-historical understanding of the Old Testament in abstraction from the revelation of the risen Christ is simply an abandonment of the New Testament and of the sphere of the church in favor of that of the synagogue, and therefore in favor of an Old Testament … understood apart from its true object and content” (Barth, The Doctrine of the Word of God [vol. See Ernst Käsemann, “The Problem of the Historical Jesus,” Essays on New Testament Themes (trans. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. John Oman; New York: Harper and Row, 1958; repr., Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1994) 262–63. with an introduction by Peter C. Hodgson; trans. The Jewish-Old Testament myth about the messiah determined for Strauss not only the ‘how’ but already the ‘that’ of the narratives about Jesus as the Christ” (Ibid., 208). 110 James Barr identifies the usual false dichotomy at work here: “It is sometimes said that the historical relation between the Old and New Testaments is not in question, but that the problem lies in stating a theological relation. For an example of how the ot's witness to monotheism functioned as a constraint upon the development of trinitarian doctrine, see Gregory of Nyssa, “Concerning We Should Think of Saying that There are Not Three Gods to Ablabius,” The Trinitarian Controversy (trans. "relatedCommentaries": true, Thomas Bailey Saunders; Fortress Texts in Modern Theology; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986] 125). § 12.3. Niebuhr's work is an example of how a theologian employing a “confessional” theological method quite similar to that of Schleiermacher can nonetheless put different material content into it. The New Testament canon has obtained its present form through the decision of the Church,” though “[t]his is not a decision to which we attribute an authority exalted above all inquiry.” “It must be permissible, then … to have the canon in two forms: that which has been handed down historically and that which has been separated out critically” (Brief Outline, § 110, 114). For him this conclusion was the unavoidable result of the advancing critical scholarship that was undermining the christological exegesis used to defend the church's claim to the ot against the synagogue's counter-claim to its sole rightful possession. 78 H. Richard Niebuhr, Radical Monotheism and Western Culture (New York: Harper, 1970) 39–40. His only predecessors in this regard were Marcion and the Socinians, although his proposal for relegating the ot to noncanonical status was later endorsed by Adolf von Harnack. SCHLEIERMACHER, FRIEDRICH° SCHLEIERMACHER, FRIEDRICH ° (1766–1834), German theologian and preacher. See Richard Niebuhr, Schleiermacher on Christ and Religion: A New Introduction (New York: Scribner, 1964) 16–17. Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (Breslau, 21 de novembro de 1768 — Berlim, 12 de fevereiro de 1834) foi pregador em Berlim na Igreja da Trindade e professor de Filosofia da Teologia na Universidade de Berlim.Traduziu as obras de Platão para o alemão.Foi influenciado por Kant e Fichte, mas não se tornou um idealista subjetivo. ; Berlin: de Gruyter, 1960) § 130.2 (henceforth abbreviated as Gl. 84 B. See also Julie Galambush, The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament's Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2005). Andrew Bowie; Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998) 42. 16 Kurze Darstellung, 47, n. 2 (Brief Outline, 53, n. 2). 113 Ernst Troeltsch, The Christian Faith (trans. That he was sensitive to this criticism is evident from his plea for reconsideration of the Sabellian way of interpreting the trinitarian doctrine. 63 Schleiermacher defended the historical veracity of John's gospel in a note added to the third edition of the Speeches in 1821. 61 Susannah Heschel, Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988) 145. Friedrich Schleiermacher on the Old Testament* Paul E. Capetz United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities In the nineteenth century the unrestricted application of the historical-critical method posed an unprecedented challenge to inherited Christian notions about the Bible. Altes Testament und Judentum in der evangelischen Theologie des 19. 52 Schleiermacher exposited each doctrine in a threefold manner as a statement about the self, the world, and God (Gl. See the Prayer Book of Conservative Judaism, Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book (New York: The Rabbinical Assembly of America and the United Synagogue of America, 1973) ix. See Beckmann, Die fremde Wurzel, 239–70. Two years later, in 1796, he became chaplain to the Charité Hospital in Berlin. 114 “The Dogmatics of the History-of-Religions School,” 108, n. 5. … Since theology is never a closed book, however, it falls to his admirers to improve—in his own spirit—upon his view of Judaism.”, 44 The ambiguity involved in the idea of an “essence” is that it is not merely descriptive in intent but prescriptive as well. He called this task “philosophical theology” ( Kurze Darstellung, § … G. T. Thomson and Harold Knight; Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1956] 489). S. MacLean Gilmour; Lives of Jesus series; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1975). § 66.2). Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals Electronics Customer Service Books New Releases Home Computers Gift Ideas Gift Cards Sell Pickle goes on to say: “One can only wish that Schleiermacher's theological dispositions had been matched with an equally comprehensive awareness of Jewish piety, tradition, and insight. As time went on Schleiermacher left to study at the Universit… § 132.2. 106 Schubert M. Ogden, “The Authority of Scripture for Theology,” On Theology (San Francisco: Harper, 1986) 65–66. 31 Pickle points out that the emancipated Jews whom Schleiermacher knew held to these same views of Judaism on account of their commitment to the Enlightenment's ideal of a purely rational religion: “The uncompromising critic of natural religion sees, and tries to appreciate, Judaism in the guise formulated by passionate devotees of natural religion” (Pickle, “Schleiermacher on Judaism,” 137). ... new critical methods of studying Old and New Testament texts challenged … § 32). "peerReview": true, View all Google Scholar citations 21 According to Schleiermacher, the definition of a religion's essence is designated a “critical inquiry” because the constant element in a historical phenomenon cannot be “ascertained in a merely empirical manner.”. For an example of how the ot's witness to monotheism functioned as a constraint upon the development of trinitarian doctrine, see Gregory of Nyssa, “Concerning We Should Think of Saying that There are Not Three Gods to Ablabius,” The Trinitarian Controversy (trans. H. R. Mackintosh and J. S. Stewart; English translation of the 2d German ed. 107 Schleiermacher said of the less distinctively Christian doctrines elaborated in the first part of his dogmatics that they are “both presupposed by and contained in every Christian religious affection” (Gl. : Scholars Press, 1981) 65–67 (henceforth, page references to the English translation will be placed in parentheses). Such a nuanced approach is absent from Schleiermacher's portrayal. § 8.4). 46 The German word Wesen can be translated either as “essence” or “nature.” For my own constructive purposes in the next section, I employ the term “nature” to distinguish the material content of Schleiermacher's understanding of Christian faith from his formal statement of its “essence.”. Troels Engberg-Pedersen; Louisville: John Knox, 2001] 26).

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