Isaac August Dorner

1809-1884. German Lutheran theologian. Born at Neuhausen ob Eck, son of a pastor, Dorner was educated at Tübingen under Baur, became professor of theology there in 1838, and a year later replied to the Life of Jesus of his rationalist colleague Strauss* in a treatise which was expanded into a multivolume work a few years later and translated into English between 1861 and 1865. He became successively professor at Kiel (1829), Königsberg (1843), Bonn (1847), Göttingen (1853), and Berlin (1862). Deeply influenced by Schleiermacher, Hegel, and Kant, he brought these philosophic insights to the study of doctrine, which he interpreted in a traditional Evangelical and historical sense. Among the most distinguished of German christological scholars whose work is still significant, Dorner was the founder and editor of the Jahrbücher für deutsche Theologie from 1856.