Hans Conzelmann (theologian)

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Hans Conzelmann (born October 27, 1915 in Tailfingen (Württemberg), † June 20, 1989 in Göttingen ) was a German Protestant theologian and New Testament scientist.


Hans Conzelmann grew up in Tailfingen and attended secondary school there. The father died early. However, a local priest made it possible for him to take the state examination by teaching the ancient languages, which entitles him to further school at a seminar. In 1934 Conzelmann obtained his Abitur and began studying Protestant theology in Tübingen at the Tübingen monastery there. In 1936 he moved to the University of Marburg , where he was mainly influenced by Hans Freiherr von Soden and Rudolf Bultmann . There he joined the Clausthal Wingolf in Marburg in 1936. In 1938 he took up his vicariate after passing the first theological exam , but was called up for military service in the autumn of that year. After being seriously wounded in 1944, Conzelmann was able to take the second theological exam in 1946 and take up a position as a research assistant to Helmut Thielicke at the University of Tübingen . At the same time he was employed as a curator of a pastor's office in Ohnastetten near Reutlingen .

From 1948 he worked as a religion teacher at a grammar school. In 1951 his dissertation and in 1952 his habilitation was accepted by the University of Heidelberg . Now Conzelmann received a lecturer position for the New Testament. In 1954 he was appointed as an associate professor at the University of Zurich , where he became a full professor in 1956. In 1960 Conzelmann finally accepted a call to the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen , where he held the chair for the New Testament until his retirement in 1978. In 1966 he was elected a full member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences .

Conzelmann's dissertation as well as his habilitation dealt with Lukan theology. The dissertation, which is dedicated to the geographical ideas in Luke's Gospel , and his habilitation thesis, published in 1954 under the title Die Mitte der Zeit. Studies on the theology of Luke appeared and dealt with the problem of the delay in the parousia of Christ in Lukan thought, alongside the work of Willi Marxsen and Günther Bornkamm, the beginning of the editorial history work on the synoptic Gospels .



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  1. Holger Krahnke: The members of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen 1751-2001 (= Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Philological-Historical Class. Volume 3, Vol. 246 = Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Mathematical-Physical Class. Episode 3, vol. 50). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, ISBN 3-525-82516-1 , p. 61.