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Isenbiehl, Johann Lorenz
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(Dec 20, 1744, Heiligenstadt, Eichsfeld – Dec 26, 1818, Oestrich, Rheingau), was a Catholic theologian, from 1773 professor of exegesis in Mainz. He sparked off the Isenbiehl Controversy in 1774 with theses in which he disputed the messianic character of Isa 7:14 in relation to Matt 1:22 (culminating in Neuer Versuch über die Weissagung des Emmanuel [1777]). During the controversy, theological pamphlets for and against Isenbiehl were exchanged. Suspended in 1774 and once again in 1777, then imprisoned in a monastery, with support from J.N. v. Hontheim", F. Oberthür…

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Klueting, Harm, “Isenbiehl, Johann Lorenz”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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