Hermann Olshausen

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Hermann Olshausen (born August 21, 1796 in Oldesloe , Duchy of Holstein , † September 4, 1839 in Erlangen ) was a German university professor for Protestant theology .


As the son of Detlev Olshausen and older brother Justus Olshausen , Hermann Olshausen studied at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel (1814) and the new Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Berlin (1816). There he was influenced by Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher and August Neander . Habilitated private lecturer since 1820, he became associate professor in Berlin in 1821 . In 1827 he followed the call of the Chair of the Albertina, whose rector he was in the winter semester 1828/29. In 1834 he moved to the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen as a full professor .

Olshausen's area of ​​expertise was New Testament exegesis. His commentary (completed and revised by August Ebrard and August Wiesinger ) appeared in Königsberg in 1830 and was translated into English in four volumes (Edinburgh, 1847–1849).


  • Biblical commentary on all the writings of the New Testament: initially for preachers and students in six volumes , from 1830
    • English translation by Asahel C. Kendrick : Biblical Commentary on the New Testament . 6 volumes, New York 1856-1858
  • The authenticity of the four Canonical Gospels , 1823
  • A word about the deeper sense of writing , 1824
  • Biblical Explanation of Scripture , 1825

Individual evidence

  1. Rector's speeches at HKM


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