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Title: 'Festwerden im Glauben an Christum' : Eduard Böhl's (1836-1903) proposal for a re-emergence of Reformation thought
Author: Forster, Thomas R. V.
ISNI:       0000 0000 6689 2241
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis undertakes two related tasks: First, it provides a biographical introduction to a long-neglected figure: Eduard Böhl (1836-1903).  Second, it offers a reading of Böhl’s theology that attempts both to trace its origins in Böhl’s academic and ecclesial work and to analyse its coherence and distinctiveness.  Böhl’s work has widely fallen into oblivion, and the secondary material is scarce.  Fortunately, the archives at the Free University of Amsterdam contain numerous manuscripts and letters of Böhl’s, and these inform the first two chapters, in which both the person of and the context in which Böhl grew up will be treated.  These chapters underscore Böhl’s efforts at revitalizing both Reformed theology and church order in the Dual Monarchy Austria-Hungary, and they set up the treatment of Böhl’s theology in Chapters Three through Five.  The exposition here focuses on three major writings of Böhl’s: his Christologie des Alten Testamentes (1882), his book on the Incarnation (1884), and lastly, his Rechtfertigung (1890). In addition we will argue that he must be seen as a Reformation theologian.  This term is deliberately vague: Böhl saw himself in a line with the Magisterial Reformers Luther and Calvin, while the context in which Böhl wanted to be faithful to the Reformers was the Kohlbrügge school. Though the Kohlbrügge circle saw itself fundamentally in continuity with the Reformers, it did not hold slavishly to classical formulations of their insights.  This is clearly seen in Böhl’s theological formulation of ‘sphere theology’, which can be regarded as his proprium, and as such as his major contribution to theological inquiry.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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