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Eichhorn, Johann Gottfried
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(Dec 16, 1752, Dörrenzimmern, Württemberg – Jun 25, 1827, Göttingen), Protestant theologian. After a brief period as rector in Ohrdruf in 1774, he earned his doctorate in Jena in 1775 and soon after became professor of oriental languages there. In 1788, he became professor of philosophy in Göttingen. He attempted to combine a historical approach following J.D. Michaelis and J.S. Semler with an aesthetic approach following J.G. Herder. He founded the modern discipline of biblical introduction and, adopting the hypothesis of a primitive gospel, syn…

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Frevel, Christian, “Eichhorn, Johann Gottfried”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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