A challenging account of a brave Christian under Nazis and Soviets
One of the books I’ve read during outpatient visits to the hospital over the last few weeks is a newly published book on Ernst Lohmeyer, a celebrated NT scholar who will be known to anyone in the field. Among his numerous publications is his little monograph, Kyrios Jesus: Eine Untersuchung zu Phil. 2, 5-11 (Heidelberg: Carl Winters, 1928), in which he pioneered an analysis of the passage that treated it as having hymnic qualities.
The new book in question: James R. Edwards, Between the Swastika and the Sickle: The Life, Disappearance, and Execution of Ernst Lohmeyer (Eerdmans, 2019). Lohmeyer opposed the Nazis, defended Jewish colleagues (especially during his time in the University of Breslau), was a member of the Confessing Church (who opposed the “German Christians” allied with the Nazis), and all the while produced some important scholarly publications.
The Nazi sympathizing leadership in Breslau gave him a disciplinary transfer…
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