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Over the course of thirty years, Hermann Samuel Reimarus () secretly drafted what would become the most thorough attack on revelation to date. REIMARUS, HERMANN SAMUEL (–), German theologian and philosopher. Son of a scholar, grandson of a clergyman, student and son-in-law of J. A. Whilst Hermann Samuel Reimarus has justly received a chapter in the history of biblical criticism, he has lacked a dedicated treatment of his.

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The fragments also caused Lessing to come to grips with the need for source criticism of the Gospels. Moreover, it is not a doctrinal compendium, or catechism, which a revelation would have to be. There is no doubt, now, that He will carry the people with Him!

All this implies that the time of the fulfilment of these hopes was not thought of by Jesus and His disciples as at all remote. Reimarus held that the essential truths of natural religion were the existence of a wise and good Creator and the immortality of the soul, truths which were discoverable by reason and could constitute the basis of a universal religion.

The flames burst out at the skylight, the fire-engines came hurrying up, and the fire, which in the night might have been dangerous, was promptly extinguished. Only those who carry the teachings of the catechism back into the preaching of the Jewish Messiah will arrive at the idea that He was the founder of a new religion.

He recognised that two systems of Messianic expectation were present side by side in Late Judaism. And withal, there is dignity and serious purpose; Reimarus’ work is no pamphlet.


Strauss has given an exhaustive analysis of the whole work in his book on Reimarus. Contact our editors with your feedback.

Reimarus’s public religious views belong to that stage characterized by the philosophical synthesis of Christian Wolff: Lessing’s third excerpt in Fragments”On the Passing of the Israelites Through the Red Sea,” is said to be “one of the ablest, wittiest and most acute which has ever been written. Moreover, the Bible erimarus not a doctrinal compendium, or catechism, which remiarus true revelation would reeimarus to be. In Jerusalem when all the people were looking eagerly for an overwhelming manifestation of His Messiahship, what a tremendous effect a miracle would have produced!


Reimarus also offered a novel treatment of the life of Jesus. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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It appears, then, that the hope of the Parousia was the fundamental thing in primitive Christianity, which was a product hrmann that hope much more than of the teaching of Jesus. The intention of the writers of the New Testamentas well as that of Jesuswas not to teach true rational religion, but to promote their own selfish ambitions with an amazing combination of conscious fraud and enthusiasm.

He studied theology, ancient languages, and philosophy at the University of Jena, became Privatdozent at the University of Wittenberg inand in visited the Netherlands and England. Indeed it would be truer to say that Damuel hung a mill-stone about the neck of the rising theological science of his time.

The quest of the historical Jesus. We can well understand that his work must have given offence when it appeared, for it is a polemic, not an objective historical study. Twice He be- lieved that it was near at hand.

Fabricius, whose son-in-law he subsequently became. He recognised, further, that the solution of the problem of the life of Jesus calls for a combination of the methods of historical and literary criticism. If there was anything at all new [1] The quotations inserted sxmuel special introduction are, of course, from Reimarus.

Deism, an unorthodox religious attitude that found expression among a group of English writers beginning with Edward Herbert later 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury in the first half of the 17th century and ending with Henry St.


Reimarus denied all miracles and mysteries except the creation itself. This obstructive erudition is the special prerogative of theology, in which, even at the present day, a truly marvellous scholarship often serves only to blind the eyes to elementary truths, and to cause the artificial to be preferred to the natural.

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The parables do not enlighten us, for they presuppose a knowledge of the conception. Jesus had never said a word to them about His dying and rising again, otherwise they would not have so played the coward at His death, nor have been so astonished at His “resurrection.

Why not, then, continue this mode of life? If only a single miracle had been publicly, convincingly, undeniably, performed by Jesus before all the people on one of the great days of the Feast, such is human nature that all the people would at once have nocked to His standard.

reimarue Seldom has there been a hate so eloquent, so lofty a scorn; but then it is seldom that a work has been written reimarua the just consciousness of so absolute a superiority to contemporary opinion. For this popular uprising, however, He waited in vain. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. When the first systema, as Reimarus calls it, was annihilated by the death of Jesus, the disciples brought forward the second, and gathered followers who shared their expectation of a second germann of Jesus the Messiah.

Moreover, the Bible was not a doctrinal compendium, or catechism, which a revelation would have to be. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. You could not be signed in.