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Willem Christiaan van Manen: A Dutch Radical New Testament scholar

E. Verhoef
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 55, No 1 | a1549 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v55i1.1549 | © 1999 E. Verhoef | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 1999 | Published: 13 December 1999

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E. Verhoef, Hollandsche Rading, The Netherlands, South Africa

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W C van Manen is the most fascinating representative of the 'Dutch Radicals'. In his opus magnum, (1890-1895), Paulus, he argued that we do not have any authentic Pauline epistles. Earlier, in 1865, he had defended the thesis that Paul was the author of 1 Thessalonians. Ater his appointment as a professor in Leiden we can see his growing doubt about the authenticity of even the four main epistles: Romans, 1 and 2Corinthians and Galatians. In 1889 Van Manen said for the first time that, in his opinion, we do not have any authentic Pauline epistles. The importance of Van Manen is that he compels us to account for ouropinions regarding the authorship of the thirteen 'Pauline' epistles.


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