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‘Doctor of the Church’: Gerhard Ebeling

Tanya van Wyk, Andries van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3353 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3353 | © 2016 Tanya van Wyk, Andries van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 February 2016 | Published: 30 September 2016

About the author(s)

Tanya van Wyk, Department of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Andries van Aarde, Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


This article’s point of departure is the camaraderie of two eminent Protestant theologians ,Gerhard Ebeling and Ernst Fuchs. From the perspective of Eberhard Jüngel, Ebeling is described as a ‘doctor of the church’. Focusing on Ebeling’s autobiographical notes, the article describes his upbringing in a solid church going family, the effect of critical theological training in Marburg and the influence of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Rudolf Bultmann on his theological convictions. It points out Ebeling’s interest in the Reformer Martin Luther. The article follows Ebeling’s career in Zürich and Tübingen, and the way in which his visits to the US positively influenced his life and thinking.


Gerhard Ebeling; German Protestant tradition; Luther-studies; hermeneutics; biography; methodology


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