Gerhard Hasel

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Gerhard Hasel
Born Gerhard Franz Hasel
Died 1994
Utah, USA
Occupation Seventh-day Adventist Theologian

Gerhard Franz Hasel (1935–1994) was a Seventh-day Adventist theologian, and Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology as well as Dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. His best known works are Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate and New Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate. Hasel states that there are ten different methodologies at use in the history of Old Testament Theology.[1] He wrote several books on the biblical theology of the Remnant and a commentary on the book of Amos.


Hasel's childhood experiences in Nazi Germany are recounted in the book A Thousand Shall Fall, written by his younger sister, Susi Hasel Mundy. He married Hilde Schafer, who also survived the war. Gehard and Hilde had 3 children: Michael G., Marlena, and Melissa

Hasel died in a car accident in Utah in 1994.[2]



Amongst Christian scholarship, he was a recognised authority on the theme of the remnant.[improper synthesis?] He wrote the "Remnant" article for the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. His major book on the subject is one of just four references listed in the Anchor Bible Dictionary article on the remnant.[3]


Hasel was also known for his strongly conservative views.[improper synthesis?] One of the founders of the Adventist Theological Society,[citation needed] Hasel espoused a "high view" of inspiration and was opposed to the use of the "purely" historical-critical method of Biblical study.[4] E. Edward Zinke defends his methodology.[5]

See also[edit]


  • Understanding the Book of Amos. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House. 1991. ISBN 0-8010-4353-0. 


  1. ^ Paul R. House, Old Testament Theology (Downers Grove, Il.: InterVarsity)
  2. ^ Zinke, E. Edward (Autumn 1994). "The President's Page: Tribute in Honor of Gerhard F. Hasel". Journal of the Adventist Theological Society. 5 (2): 1. 
  3. ^ "Remnant". Anchor Bible Dictionary V:669
  4. ^ G. Hasel, Understanding the Living Word of God (Mountain View, Cal.: Pacific Press, 1980), 24-28
  5. ^ E. Edward Zinke; Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, 5:2 (Autumn 1994): 1-5

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Preceded by
Jack Blanco
President of the Adventist Theological Society
1981–1988[dubious ]
Succeeded by
C. Raymond Holmes