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Karl Heinrich Weizsäcker (December 11, 1822 – August 13, 1899) was a German Protestant theologian.

Weizsäcker was born in Öhringen near Heilbronn in Württemberg, and studied at Tübingen and Berlin.

After studying at the University of Tübingen and the Frederick William University of Berlin, he became Privatdozent at Tübingen in 1847 and professor of ecclesiastical and dogmatic history in 1861.

From 1856 to 1878 he helped to edit the Jahrbücher für deutsche Theologie; and his elaborate studies Untersuchungen über die evangelische Geschichte, ihre Quellen und den Gang ihrer Entwicklung (1864) and Das apostolische Zeitalter der christliche Kirche (1886; Engl. trans. 1894-1895) made him widely known and respected. Weizsäcker's other works include Zur Kritik des Barnabas-Briefs (1863) and Ferdinand Christian Baur (1892).

In 1861 he succeeded Ferdinand Christian Baur as professor for history of church and dogma at Tübingen. Later, he became chancellor of the university.

Weizsäcker was a New Testament critic, and the editor of a theological journal, and distinguished for his learning and lucid style.

In 1848, he married Auguste Sophie Dahm (1824-1884), with whom he had three children:



  • 1901. Das apostolische Zeitalter der christlichen Kirche, third edition. Leipzig / Tübingen: Mohr.


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