Religionsgeschichtliche Schule

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The ‘History of Religion School’, an influential group of German biblical scholars between 1880 and 1920 who advocated extensive use of data from the comparative study of religion in the interpretation of Christianity. They reduced dogmatic considerations to a minimum and held that religious documents have to be considered not as isolated expressions of their authors' thoughts and aspirations, but as the product of a long and often complex development of the tribe or country. At first they tried only to trace historical developments within Judaism and Christianity, but soon they came to search for parallels in Egyptian, Babylonian, and Hellenistic religious systems.

Subjects: Christianity.

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