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Theodore Zahn (1838-1933) German Lutheran theologian, patristic scholar (study of early church fathers) and New Testament exegete, was born in Mors, Rhenish Prussia. He taught at the universities of Goettingen (1865-1877), Kiel (1877-1878), Erlangen (1878-1888 and 1892-1909) and Leipzig (1888-1892). He was the author of many important monographs and commentaries. Nevertheless, his influence was underrated because he defended the conservatives in New Testament studies, opposing the radical critics of the Bible. Among his leading works was his three-volume Introduction to the New Testament (1897-1899; English translation 1909).

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