Christian Hermann Weisse, 1801 - 1866

Christian Hermann Weisse, a brilliant German theologian, pioneered the two-source hypothesis that became the prevailing solution to the problem of the synoptic gospels among later biblical scholars.  Weisse was a native of Leipzig who, in 1828, joined the philosophy faculty at the University of Leipzig and lectured there in theology as well.  In 1838, his probing work The Gospel History Examined Critically and Philosophically comprehensively synthesized the insights of Karl Lachmann (1793 - 1851) and Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768 - 1834).