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‘Doctor of the Academy’: Ernst Fuchs

Andries van Aarde, Tanya van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3357 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3357 | © 2016 Andries van Aarde, Tanya van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 February 2016 | Published: 30 September 2016

About the author(s)

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


This article focuses on the ‘New Hermeneutics’ as a development of the hermeneutics of Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger and Bultmann. The notion ‘hermeneutical theology’ is explained. From the perspective of the camaraderie between Gerhard Ebeling and Ernst Fuchs, the article describes the life story of Fuchs and the hostile antagonism he experienced from conservative church circles in Germany. It points out Fuchs’s indebtedness on the hermeneutical legacy of Bultmann and emphasises Ebeling’s support and collegiality.


Ernst Fuchs; New Hermeneutics; dialectical theology; German Protestant theology; Gerhard Ebeling; Rudolf Bultmann


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