The Life of Philip Schaff, In Part Autobiographical
Philip Schaff was born in Switzerland and received theological and historical training in Germany, yet seamlessly adapted himself to American institutions and the scholarly community of the nineteenth century. He quickly acquired a position of larger public notice than perhaps any other theologian of his era.
This book, compiled by his son, David S. Schaff, uses many of Philip Schaff’s writings, letters, and diary entries to tell the story of Schaff’s life and thought. The narrative describes the movements with which Schaff identified, his extensive travels throughout Europe, America, and the Middle East, his role in producing a revised version of the English Bible, his work at Union Theological Seminary, and the lessons from his life for future generations.
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- Preface by David S. Schaff
- Schaff’s writings, letters, and diary entries used to tell the story of his life and thought
- Detailed index to the significant events and people of Schaff’s life
Praise for the Print Edition
In the development of the discipline of church history in the United States, few scholars played a more important role than the Swiss-born, German-educated immigrant Philip Schaff. His model of careful, accurate, comprehensive, and irenic scholarship . . . remains worthy of admiration and emulation.
—R. Graham, professor of American church history, North Park Theological Seminary
No scholar of his generation has interested me so much. He was broad, powerful, a man of great genius.
Philip Schaff wanted to be remembered as a Christian scholar, and he pursued this scholarship in the context of his grand and optimistic ecumenical vision . . . Schaff was, in his own words, an inveterate hoper.
- Title: The Life of Philip Schaff, In Part Autobiographical
- Authors: Philip Schaff and David S. Schaff
- Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
- Publication Date: 1897
- Pages: 526
About Philip Schaff
Philip Schaff (1819–1893) was born in Chur, Switzerland. He was educated in Germany at Tübingen, Halle, and Berlin, where he studied under August Neander. In 1843, he moved to America and became a professor of church history and biblical literature at the German Reformed Theological Seminary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
During that time, he edited a hymnal, worked on the liturgy in the German Reformed Church, and edited a translation of the Heidelberg Catechism. The English translation of his History of the Apostolic Church appeared in 1853. Schaff remained at Mercersburg until 1863, when the Civil War forced the seminary to close.
In 1870, Schaff became a professor at Union Theological Seminary. During his tenure there, he held the chair of theological encyclopedia and Christian symbolism, the chair of Hebrew and cognate languages, the chair of sacred literature, and the chair of church history. He also served on the committee that translated the American Standard Version.
Schaff also authored or edited the History of the Christian Church, Early Church Fathers, and the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. He is remembered as one of America’s foremost church historians of the nineteenth century.