Gottlob Christian Storr

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Gottlob Christian Storr.

Gottlob Christian Storr (September 10, 1746 – January 17, 1805) was a German Protestant theologian born in Stuttgart.

He studied philosophy, theology and other subjects at the University of Tübingen, and following his theological examination in 1768, undertook an educational journey through Germany, Holland, England and France. In 1772 he was appointed lecturer (Stiftsrepetent) at Tübinger Stift, and later became an associate professor of philosophy (1775) and theology (1777) at Tübingen.

Storr was an outspoken advocate of Biblical Supranaturalism, and founder of Ältere Tübinger Schule (conservative Tübingen school of theologians). His conservative orthodox views in theology placed him at odds with proponents of the Enlightenment, rationalism and Kantian philosophy. Two of Storr's better known followers were Friedrich Gottlieb Süskind (1767–1829) and Johann Friedrich Flatt (1759–1821).

In the late 18th century he proposed that the New Testament book of Mark was written prior to the other Gospels, an assertion that opposed the traditional view that the book of Matthew was the earliest Gospel written.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Observationes super Novi Testamenti versionibus syriacis, 1772
  • Dissertatio de evangeliis arabicis, 1775
  • Commentar über den Hebräerbrief, (1789, second edition 1809)
  • Über den Zweck der evangelischen Geschichte und der Briefe Johannis, 1786, second edition 1810
  • Doctrinae christianae pars theoretica, 1793 (German translation by Johann Friedrich Flatt 1813)
  • Opuscula academica ad interpretationem librorum sacrorum pertinenti (1796–1803, 3 volumes)
  • Neue Apologie der Offenbarung Johannis 1805