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Rad, Gerhard von
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(Oct 21, 1901, Nuremberg – Oct 31, 1971, Heidelberg), Old Testament theologian. Von Rad was a pupil of A. Alt; he became a Privatdozent in Leipzig (1930–1934), full professor in Jena (1934–1945), Göttingen (1945–1949), and Heidelberg (1949–1967). Von Rad “rediscovered” the OT theologically. The exegetical preconditions for this rediscovery lay (a) in the form-critical work of H. Gunkel, and (b) in the picture of Israel’s early history outlined by Alt and developed by M. Noth, with the significant corner…

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Rendtorff, Rolf, “Rad, Gerhard von”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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