Hans Haas (theologian)

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Hans Haas (born December 2, 1868 in Donndorf ; † September 10, 1934 in Leipzig ) was a German religious scholar and theologian .

Pastor and missionary

Coming from Donndorf near Bayreuth , Haas began a four-year study of theology and classical philology in Erlangen in 1889 . During his studies in 1889 he became a member of the C. St. V. Uttenruthia Erlangen . After completing his studies, he was employed as a vicar in Aschaffenburg , but his further language studies in Berlin and London already indicated that he was not looking at an ordinary pastor career.

From 1898 he became a pastor in the German parishes of Tokyo and Yokohama . Here he also worked as a missionary for the General Evangelical Protestant Mission Association and headed the theological college of this mission. He was editor of the periodical The Truth , which was the first German-language journal in Japan and was published from 1900 to 1906.

Scholar and Professor

As early as 1903 Haas had received an honorary doctorate from the theological faculty of the University of Strasbourg . After he returned to Germany in 1909 , in addition to his work on the Central Board of the East Asia Mission, he was a private scholar in Heidelberg and Coburg, before he became an associate professor at the University of Jena in 1913 due to his research in the history of religion , in particular on Japanese Buddhism .

In 1915 he was appointed to the chair of religious history at the University of Leipzig , succeeding Nathan Söderblom . At the same time, he headed the Religious History Seminar and, alternately, the State Research Institute for Comparative Religious History. In the following years he was also dean of the theological faculty several times.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hermann Goebel (ed.): Directory of members of the Schwarzburgbund. 8th edition, Frankfurt am Main 1930, p. 76 No. 1013.


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