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Bousset, Johann Franz Wilhelm
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(Sep 3, 1865, Lübeck – Mar 8, 1920, Gießen), liberal New Testament scholar (History of Religions school). He gained his habilitation in 1890, and became Professor in Göttingen in 1896, and in Gießen in 1915. In Kyrios Christos, Bousset locates the early Christian affirmations about Jesus in the context of worship. On the tradition of “ruler/lord,” cf. also Der Antichrist (1895). For Bousset, the texts of early Christianity are in a particular manner symbols of “the eternal.” He demonstrated that the New Testament is embedded in Jewish-hel…

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Berger, Klaus, “Bousset, Johann Franz Wilhelm”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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