Johann Peter Lange, well-known 19th-century theologian, shares his scholastic research and vast Biblical knowledge in this four-volume set. This compendium of Christ’s life chronicles the prophecy and story of his life as detailed in the Old and New Testaments, focusing especially on the four gospels of the New Testament. The Life of the Lord Jesus Christ (4 Vols.), originally published in German, was published in English in 1872 and is one of the most comprehensive resources on the subject to date.
Lange, author of the well-known Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures (63 Vols.), spent the latter part of his life as a professor of theology and dogmatics. It was during this time of his life that he wrote the four-volume collection on the subject of Christ. The collection, although aimed at a scholarly audience, is also a fantastic resource for those outside the realm of academia. Johann Peter Lange approaches Christ’s life in a thorough and accessible manner, combining a critical exegesis of the gospels with historical details. This collection will continue to be an essential tool for anyone wishing to study the life and times of Christ in an in-depth manner, whether pastor, scholar, or layman, and Logos Bible Software makes the collection an easily searchable reference.
Because of its thorough treatment, conservative presentation, devotional warmth, and the perspicuity of its insight the work must be considered a monumental contribution toward the understanding of the life of Christ.
—J. D. Pentecost, Bibliotheca Sacra
Lange’s Life of Christ is one of the most complete and elaborate that has been written.
Born in Prussia in 1802, Johann Peter Lange studied at Bonn University. After his ordination he pastored Reformed churches until 1841. He gained the theological world’s attention through two publications. First, he wrote articles in Evangelische Kirchenzeitung. Appearing between 1830 and 1840, those articles revealed his commitment to orthodoxy. Second, he wrote a powerful criticism of the view of Jesus presented by D. F. Strauss in Leben Jesu (1835). Lange’s book, published at Duisburg in 1836, was an attempt to show that the portrayal of Jesus in the Gospels is a reliable record and not, as Strauss held, "mythical." In 1841 Lange became professor of theology at Zurich, a position originally offered to Strauss. Lange was a prolific author whose writings included hymns. His name is primarily known in America through the translation edited by Philip Schaff of his Theologischhomiletisches Bibelwerk (25 Vols.). That work, intended to help preachers prepare sermons, comments on the whole Bible. Lange’s evangelicalism was of the school known as "Vermittlungstheologie," which attempted to combine the emphases of the Protestant Reformation with the proved achievements of modern science. Other famous writings of his include Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures (63 Vols.). He died in 1884.