German Correspondence -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 025:97 (Jan 1868)
Article: German Correspondence
Author: Anonymous


German Correspondence

It will, I imagine, be of interest to your readers if I give you in the present number some account of the principal theological quarterly, monthly, and weekly journals now published in Germany. I shall limit myself almost solely to the more scientific periodicals, for the simple reason that the others are too numerous for our space, and of too little weight to deserve it.

All know of the “Studien und Kritiken,” which was established in 1828. Its original editors were Drs. Ullmann and Umbreit, both Professors at the University of Heidelberg. The present principal editor is Dr. Riehm of Halle, a pupil both of Hupfeld and Umbreit. Collaborators have been Rothe (recently deceased), Hundeshagen (now of Bonn), Drs. Nitzsch, Miiller, and Beyschlag. It has always been the organ of the orthodox Schleiermacherians, though its pages have been open both to freer and stricter theologians. Latterly, many Articles have been remarkably brisk, particularly those written by Drs. Riehm and Beyschlag. In a general way it inclines to heaviness, though it always contains valuable material. There are or have been few theologians of note in Germany who have not at one time or another contributed to the “Studien.” — Most nearly resembling the “Studien” is the “Jahrbiicher fur deutsche Theologie,” founded in 1858, and ever since edited by Drs. Dorner, Ehren-feuchter, Liebner, Palmer, Landerer, and Weizs’acker. Various elements are represented in this journal: orthodox and free Schleiermacherianism, the positive theology of Dorner, Schellingism, and to some extent the theosophy of Baader and Oetingen. It is decidedly the most interesting theological journal of Germany. The idea of one of its founders, Dorner, was to make it a medium through which Anglo-American theology might become more known here; and not a few Articles in this direction have appeared. For example, Dorner published a valuable review of the Mansell-Maurice controversy. A capital feature of the “Jahrbiicher “is the quarterly notices of new books by men of ability in the respective departments. It differs from the “Studien “in not introducing exegetical Articles, and in being almost exclusively devoted to theology proper, critico-theological questions, and apologetics. — The next quarterly I have to mention is the “Zeitschrift fur historische Theologie,” published continuously since 1832, first under Prof. Ch. I. Illgen, and then under Dr. Nied-ner, and now by Dr. Kahnis of Leipsic. Its Articles are mostly mono-graphies on special points in church history, such as on the Culdees of the sixth and seventh centuries, by Dr. Ebrard; on the Sects of the Reforma-

tion, by Nippold; on Julian the Apostate, by Dr. Philip Schaff; and others. It...

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