Hans Frei was born in Germany in 1922 and moved to the USA with his family during World War II. After studying under Niebuhr at Yale University he took up a teaching post there. In the 1960s he went to Europe undertaking research in both G ttingen and Cambridge. He died in 1988, at the peak of his career.
This book is the first full study of the whole of Hans Frei's work, from his doctoral thesis on Karl Barth in the 1950s, to his great unfinished project on the history of modern theology in the 1980s.
Higton draws on a wide range of unpublished material in the Frei archives to present a comprehensive, fresh and original interpretation of Frei's theology. He places Frei's well-known work on biblical hermeneutics firmly in the context of his theological wrestling with Barth and of the dominant traditions of Western Protestant theology.
Here is an unprecedented portrait of Frei as a theologian fundamentally concerned with the ability of theology to speak about, and to, the public world -- and to regard that world as providentially ordered in Jesus Christ, without diminishing its concrete contingency and freedom. Frei emerges as not just a powerful historian of theology, but also as a persuasive, and hitherto largely unrecognized, theologian of history.
'An ambitious theological analysis of one of the most significant and seminal of twentieth-century theologians. Through Higton's capacity to focus on what is most significant at each point, he brings the reader to grapple with the debate and a constructive possibility for resolving it. The book is lucidly and accessibly written, and should appeal to those seriously engaged with theological issues. Altogether, it constitutes a major contribution.' Revd Professor Daniel W Hardy