Von Rad has long been one of my favorites.
“Gerhard von Rad was a theologian who was entirely consumed by his subject matter. If one allowed him to lead the thought process, he was able to impart to his readers and listeners that he was in pursuit of something mysterious and wonderful. In an unobtrusive way, his speaking and writing contained elements of the prophetic voice, almost like a medium able to transfer insights from another world to modern individuals. God as the mystery of the written Word: this was his central concern. In his exegesis of OT texts, he intentionally and successfully pointed to and illuminated the importance of the God of the Bible.”
— Manfred Oeming, University of Heidelberg, Professor of Old Testament Theology
(“Gerhard von Rad as a Theologian of the Church,” Interpretation 62:3 [July 2008], 235)
From 1934 to 1945, Gerhard von Rad was a professor at the University of Jena, where the rector was Dr…
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