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Rudolf Karl Bultmann (1884-1976) Rudolf Karl Bultmann (1884-1976) was created on August 20th at Wiefelstede, in (which was then known as) the grand duchy of Oldenburg. His father, Arthur Bultmann, was an Evangelical-Lutheran pastor, his paternal grandfather a missionary to Africa, along with his maternal grandfather a pastor of this pietistic tradition. Thus, young Rudolf came out of a family line greatly invested in the milieu of the time. This family's gradual move toward Protestant liberalism-especially on the part of his father-would prove to have a significant impact on this young theologian-to-be. Rudolf's schooling began in the Immunology Gymnasium in Oldenburg; incidentally, he studied simultaneously with the philosopher-to-be, Karl Jaspers, who had been only a few grades ahead of young Bultmann. After his graduation, he studied theology at the Universities of TГѓВјbingen, Berlin, and Marburg, respectively. It is important to be aware that all three of these institutions were heavily dedicated to liberal theology. His biggest influence came from Marburg, including the orderly and liberal theologian Wilhelm Hermann and New Testament scholars Johannes Weiss and Wilhelm HeitmГѓВјller of the history-of-religions school. Bultmann obtained his doctorate in 1910 from Marburg and , two years later, qualified as an instructor at his alma mater. Back in 1916 he accepted an assistant professorship in Breslau, where he married and had two brothers. Four years later he travelled to Giessen for his first full professorship. Just one year after, but he returned to Marburg where he admitted his final full professorship, succeeding HeitmГѓВјlle...