The Mystery of the Kingdom of God: The Secret of Jesus' Messiahship and Passion


The work which is here translated was published in 1901 as the second part of a treatise entitled Das Abendmahl. The full title reads: The Lord's Supper in connection with the Life of Jesus and the History of Early Christianity. This second part was issued separately and bore also the following sub-title: Das Messianitäts und Leidensgeheimnis. Eine Skizze des Lebens Jesu.

It implies no disparagement of Schweitzer's novel and important study of the Lord's Supper that this second part is here separated from the first and published by itself in English. This part is really independent. It has moreover a much broader scope and appeals to a far wider interest than does the treatise as a whole. There is reason to fear that, appearing as a part of a study of the Lord's Supper and under that title, it might be ignored by many of the persons who most would desire to read it. The scant attention accorded at first to Schweitzer's work in Germany may be ascribed in part to that very cause, and there appears to be no other reason to account for the fact that the "Sketch" has not yet been publicly noticed in England or America, so far as the translator is aware.

It will not be denied, even by those who are least inclined to agree with the views of the Author, that this first work of the young Strassburg student did not deserve the . . .

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1950


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