This is a list of interesting things I learned while reading Chapter II. “On the Path to Academic Teaching” from Konrad Hamman’s Rudolf Bultmann: a Biography:
– Bultmann began his career as a tutor at the University of Marburg in 1907.
– In 1910 Bultmann submitted his dissertation: “The Style of Paul in Relation to the Stoic-Cynic Diatribe.”
– He graduated cum laude.
– Bultmann’s second dissertation, or Habilitationsschrift, was on the exegesis of Theodore of Mopsuestia. It went unpublished and it didn’t make much of an impact.
– Bultmann began lecturing in the 1912/1913 academic year.
– He made himself known by writing many book reviews.
– Bultmann was quite the preacher and he spent much time in a pulpit. According to Bultmann, “In the sermon, one ought to speak extemporaneously, as it comes from the heart; and yet one must prepare oneself with care and think everything through. I believe that the preacher simply must bear this conflict for the sake of the cause for which one is doing it. And yet for this very reason, it requires a great deal of self-criticism not to undertake to say anything that one cannot inwardly actually stand behind fully.”
– Bultmann became engaged to Helene Freedman in August of 1916.
from Konrad, Hammann (2013-01-16). Rudolf Bultmann: a Biography (Kindle Locations 998-999). Polebridge Press. Kindle Edition.
I’m reading this very fine biography right now. A few things stand out: RB’s stalwart opposition to National Socialism, his immense loyalty to friends (e.g.: Heidegger), and his intense commitment to teaching, specifically to engaging both text and student.The biography has led me to the beginning of a reappraisal of Bultmann’s theological “project.”
@John: It is my “introduction” to Bultmann. I am enjoying it as well, though more from the perspective of someone meeting Bultmann for the first time rather than rethinking what I knew about him. That’s very interesting to hear that this book has caused such a shift in your own thinking!
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