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Heß, Johann Jakob
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(Oct 21, 1741, Zürich – May 29, 1828, Zürich). After studying theology in Zürich, where he belonged to the circle of Enlightenment scholars around Johann Jakob Bodmer (1698–1783) and J.J. Breitinger, and after completing his curacy, Heß worked as a private Bible scholar. In 1767/1768 his recognition of the inner coherence of biblical history caused him to undergo a theological reorientation. He became second priest at the Fraumünster Church in Zürich in 1777, priest at the Großmünster in 1795 and thus antistes, in the capacity of which he proved skillful and i…

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Kuhn, Thomas K., “Heß, Johann Jakob”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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