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Frei, Hans Wilhelm
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(Apr 29, 1922, Wrocław [Ger. Breslau], Poland – Sep 12, 1988, New Haven, CT), professor at Yale University, was the leading American expert on the theology of K. Barth and an outstanding interpreter of modern religious thought. In The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative (1974), his most important work, he argued that the modern understanding of biblical narratives as having a logically independent point of reference, whether understood as event, term or experience, is misleading. In The Identity of Jesus Christ (1974) Frei suggested that the Gospel narratives are …

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Hunsinger, George, “Frei, Hans Wilhelm”, 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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