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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This essay is not only one of the greatest events in the history of criticism, it is also a masterpiece of general literature.


To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. W hilst Hermann Samuel Reimarus has justly received a chapter in the history of biblical criticism, he has lacked a dedicated treatment of his work and methods until recently. In this book Groetsch tries to get behind the Reimarus of the Fragment Controversy and restore him as a scholar of ancient texts and history. But what matters the mistake in comparison with the fact that the problem was really grasped?

But the people in Jerusalem refused to rise, as the Galilaeans had refused at the time when the disciples were sent out to rouse them. Contact our editors with your feedback. Thus there had been nothing to prepare the world for a work of such power as that of Reimarus.

It was Lessing’s greatness that he grasped the significance of this criticism, and felt that it must lead either to the destruction or to the recasting of the idea of revelation.


His object was to show how an unseen enemy had pushed his parallels up to the very walls, and to summon to the defence “some one who should be as nearly the ideal defender of religion as the Fragmentist was the ideal assailant.

Hermann Samuel Reimarus

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But alongside of that there existed another Messianic expectation which transferred everything hrmann the supernatural sphere. Strauss has given an exhaustive analysis of the whole work in his book on Reimarus. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. The complete work has been published as edited by Gerhard Alexander 2 vols, Frankfurt am Main: What was much in their favour was the complete disorganisation of the Jewish state. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

Religion is conducive to our happiness and alone brings satisfaction. He attended school at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums.

He recognised that the introduction of the historical element would transform and deepen rationalism. There is some samjel for the animosity which flames up in his writing.

Hermann Samuel Reimarus December 22, – March 1,was a German philosopher and writer of the Enlightenment who is remembered for his Deismthe doctrine deimarus human reason can arrive at a knowledge of God and ethics from a study of nature and humanity’s deimarus internal reality, so that one does not hermznn religions based on revelation.

Inhe became rector of the high school at Wismar in Mecklenburg, and inwas appointed professor of Hebrew and Oriental languages at his native city’s high school. The Passing of the Israelites through the Red Sea.


The manuscript of the whole, which runs to pages, is preserved in the Hamburg municipal library. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

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He made His entry riding on an ass’s colt, that the Messianic prophecy of Zechariah might be fulfilled. The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here:. Fabriciuswhose son-in-law he subsequently became. PP5, at Google Books2nd ed.

Confident in the success of His cause, He closes the great incendiary harangue in Matt. Citing articles via Google Scholar. Semler, at the close germann his refutation of the fragment, ridicules its editor in the following apologue.

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.

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Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Belief was not difficult: In the light of the clear perception of the elements of the problem which Reimarus had attained, the whole movement of theology, down to Johannes Weiss, appears hemrann.

They prudently waited, however, for fifty days before making this announcement, in order that the body, if it should be found, might be unrecognisable. Reimraus of “Hermann Samuel Reimarus” Note: