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Paul Schmiedel

German theologian and Professor of New Testament Exegesis at Zurich, Switzerland

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Paul Wilhelm Schmiedel (December 22, 1851 – April 10, 1935) was a German theologian and professor of New Testament exegesis born in Zaukeroda (Zauckerode, now a part of Freital, Saxony) near Dresden.

He studied theology in Jena, where he had as instructors Otto Pfleiderer (1839-1908) and Richard Adelbert Lipsius (1830-1892). In 1879 he received his habilitation, and from 1893 to 1923 was a full professor at the University of Zurich.

Schmiedel was the author of "The Johannine Writings" (translated into English in 1908) and an 1894 revision of Georg Benedikt Winer's Grammatik des neutestamentlichen Sprachidioms. He also made important contributions to the Encyclopaedia Biblica.


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Paul Schmiedel served as a professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Zurich around the turn of the 20th century. He studied under some of Germany’s greatest liberal theologians, and he went on to write scholarly works of higher criticism of the Bible as well as important contributions to the Encyclopedia Biblica. The Johannine Writings examines the meaning and value of those biblical texts traditionally attributed to the Apostle John—John’s Gospel, the three Johannine Epistles, and the Revelation of John. Schmiedel, after examining the biblical texts, concludes that Christians should not read John’s Gospel as an historical account of Christ’s life. Even so, the theologian affirms the religious value of the Johannine writings, for although they are not necessarily historical, they still bear spiritual profundity and divine inspiration.

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