Franz Bibfeldt

Franz Bibfeldt (b. 1897) is a Christian theologian and writer. In 1927 Bibfeldt did his dissertation on "The Problem of the Year Zero" at the University of Worms. "It was Bibfeldt's hypothesis that the Roman Empire collapsed, eventually, because the Romans counted backward, with 44 B.C. following 45 B.C. and so on. Robin Lovin, the dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, sums up the problem of the 1-B.C. man who finds himself inebriated on New Year's Eve: 'One minute you're a full year before Christ, and then, BOOM, one minute later, you're into the first year of the Christian Era, with nothing in between.'" [1]

Bibfeldt was named "Theologian of the Year" in 1994 by evangelical magazine The Wittenburg Door.

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  • The Relieved Paradox: Studies in the Theology of Franz Bibfeldt (1951) ISBN 0802807453
  • Cryto-Calvinist Existentialism: Predestined to Eternal Insecurity (inc. Eng. trans. of Dutch hymn "Who Will Reload the Canons of Dordt?") Amsterdam: Kok & Beker
  • Here I Sit: Luther Reconsidered St. Louis, privately published
  • Howdy Deutero-Isaiah: Salutation Motifs in Isaiah 40-66 Specious Press


  • Martin E. Marty and Jerald C. Brauer, eds., The Unrelieved Paradox: Studies in the Theology of Franz Bibfeldt (Eerdmans, 1994)


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