“Contemporary theology thrives also on interaction with programs from earlier times” (p. v). With these opening words this book’s editor affirms Rudolf Bultmann (1884–1976) as a worthy discussion partner. Yet, “simplistic adoption of Bultmann’s hermeneutical perspective is not advisable” (ibid.). This book seeks to provide an informed entrée to the life, work, and continuing relevance of the man many call the 20th century’s most influential NT scholar in the awareness that the passage of time is making it increasingly challenging for new generations to grasp and assess his contribution. It serves the same purpose as a passel of other books in Mohr Siebeck’s “Handbücher Theologie” series that began in 2008 (Augustine) and has proceeded to include synthetic studies on Calvin, Athanasius, Paul, Barth, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Jesus, Schleiermacher, and now Bultmann.

With more than 70 pages of bibliography and indexes, Bultmann Handbuch is an indispensable research tool. All essays are...

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