Reading Faithfully: Volume 2: Writings from the Archives: Frei’s Theological Background

By Hans W. Frei, Mike Higton and Mark Alan Bowald (editors)

The second volume of a two-part anthology of previously uncollected writings by the influential American theologian Hans W. Frei.

ISBN: 9780227176481


In this special collection, the second of two volumes, Hans Frei (1922-1988) reflects on such thinkers as Emmanuel Kant, Karl Barth and Richard Niebuhr. An anthology that portrays a wide range of theological subjects, Reading Faithfully demonstrates the full capacity of Frei’s analytical gifts. Through letters, lectures, book reviews, and other writings (many of them previously unavailable in print), the richness of his thinking and his unique perspective on the history of biblical hermeneutics is revealed.

Alongside Volume I, this is an invaluable resource that provides new insights into the nature and implications of Frei’s work. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the development of religious thought and understanding.

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Dimensions229 × 153 mm


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About the Author

Hans W. Frei was the foremost historian of modern biblical hermeneutics. He spent the majority of his career teaching at Yale Divinity School, where he wrote The Identity of Jesus Christ and The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative, numerous essays, and a vast collection of unpublished works, which have since been published posthumously: Types of Christian Theology and Theology and Narrative.

Mike Higton is Professor of Theology and Ministry at Durham University. He is the author of numerous books, including Christ, Providence, and History: Hans W. Frei’s Public Theology.

Mark Alan Bowald is Associate Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College. He is the author of Rendering the Word in Theological Hermeneutics: Mapping Divine and Human Agency.



1. Lessing and the Religious Use of Irony
2. Kant and the Transcendence of Rationalism and Religion
3. Niebuhr’s Theological Background
4. The Theology of H. Richard Niebuhr
5. Analogy and the Spirit in the Theology of Karl Barth
6. German Theology: Transcendence and Secularity



Endorsements and Reviews

Hans Frei was probably the greatest American theologian of the twentieth century, and his thought has if anything grown in importance since then. This superbly edited collection of mostly unpublished material distils key points of his thinking on major issues of Christian truth, biblical interpretation, and how best to do theology. It is rigorous, persuasive, and above all wise, and succeeds remarkably in being able at the same time not only to introduce Frei attractively to a new generation but also to draw deeper those who know him well.
David F. Ford, Cambridge University