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Friday, October 10, 2014

10 October 1838 A.D. Theodor Zahn, the German Biblical scholar, was born on 10 October 1838 in Moers, Germany.

10 October 1838 A.D.   Theodor Zahn, the German Biblical scholar, was born on 10 October 1838 in Moers, Germany.

Digression one: Moers is a German city on the western bank of the Rhine. Moers belongs to the district of Wesel. It is the biggest city in Germany (and at present time the only one with more than 100,000 inhabitants) that is neither an urban district nor takes over district responsibilities.

Digression two: as a former Reformed Episcopalian, one of our early leaders studied under Mr. (Dr. Prof.) Zahn.  Robert Livingston Rudolph (December 29, 1865—September 16, 1930) was a bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church in the early twentieth century.  But back to Mr. Zahn.

Zahn, Theodor.  Introduction to the New Testament, Vol II  (3rd ed.).  Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock, 1977.   There are three volumes.  This may be one of the finest New Testament Introductions.  It is a must-read.  Volume 2 is available at:

Theodor Zahn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Zahn or Theodor von Zahn (Moers, 10 October 1838 - Erlangen, 5 March 1933) was a German biblical scholar.


Zahn was born in Rhineland, Prussia (now Germany). After studying at Basel, Erlangen and Berlin, he became professor of theology in the University of Göttingen in 1871. He filled a similar chair at Kiel in 1877, at Erlangen in 1878, at Leipzig in 1888 and in 1892 returned to Erlangen.[1][2] He was distinguished for his eminent scholarship, especially in connection with the New Testament canon. He stood at the head of the conservative New Testament scholarship of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1902, 1904 and 1908.[3] Theologically, Zahn was conservative and approached New Testament theology from the perspective of a theological emphasis called Heilsgeschichte (usually translated into English as "Salvation History").


Some of his more important writings are:

  • Marcellus of Ancyra (1867)
  • Der Hirt des Hermas untersucht (“The Shepherd of Hermas examined,” 1868)
  • Ignatius von Antiochien (1873)
  • Patrum Apostolicorum Opera (1875–78; fifth edition, 1905)
  • The Acts of Saint John (1880)
  • Forschungen zur Geschichte des neutestamentlichen Kanons und der altkirchlichen Litteratur (eight volumes, 1881–1908)
  • Cyprian of Antioch and the German Story of Faust (1882)
  • Geschichte des neutestamentlichen Kanons (“Researches into the history of the New Testament canon,” two volumes, 1889–92)
  • Das apostolische Symbolum (1892; English translation, The Apostles' Creed, 1899)
  • The Gospel of Peter (1893)
  • Einleitung in das neue Testament (two volumes, 1897–1900; third edition, 1906–07; English translation, Introduction to the New Testament, three volumes, 1909)
  • Brot und Salz aus Gottes Wort, 20 sermons, (1901; English translation, Bread and Salt from the Word of God, 1905)
  • Grundriss der Geschichte des neutestamentlichen Kanons (“Outline of the history of the New Testament canon,” 1901; second edition, 1904)
  • Das Evangelium des Lucas (1912)



1.      ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Zahn, Theodor". Encyclopedia Americana. 

2.      ^ Bandstra, Andrew J. (2007). "Zahn, Theodor". In Donald K. McKim. Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic. pp. 1072–1076. ISBN 9780830829279. 

3.      ^ "Theodor Zahn". The Nomination Database for the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1901-1950. Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-04. [dead link]

External links

·        Kommentar zum Neuen Testament Zahn's New Testament Commentary series in Dr. B. A. Zuiddam's Tasmanian study.

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