Bible and Theology at an Enlightenment University

Michael C. Legaspi

in The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394351
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777211 | DOI:


Bible and Theology at an Enlightenment University

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This chapter begins with a brief overview of the German university in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It pays particular attention to the ways that the realities of the new university shaped the humanities, especially theology as in the case of Johann Lorenz Mosheim. Most of the chapter is taken up with developments at the university of Göttingen, Germany’s premier Enlightenment university in the eighteenth century. It was not at all clear that the study of the Bible in any form would have a place at a new university, especially one created by the government to educate civil servants and noblemen in the rational, tolerant spirit of the age. Yet, at Göttingen, scholars folded the humanities, though tied strongly to ancient texts and traditions, into a modern, statist enterprise.

Keywords: enlightenment; university; German university; humanities; Mosheim; Bible; theology; Göttingen

Chapter.  11740 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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