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History of Religions School
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I. Concept and History – II. Results of Research – III. Present Perspectives

I. Concept and History

The concept and term History-of-Religions School (HRS), whether coined by outsiders or insiders is unclear, refers to a group of German Protestant theologians who at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century exerted a continuing influence on theological scholarship. The HRS was not a theological “school” in t…

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Hartenstein, Friedhelm and Betz, Hans Dieter, “History of Religions School”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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