Tubngen: Verlag von C.F. Osiander, 1835-1836. First edition. With one diagram in Volume I and two duplicate leaves (cancels?) supplied at end of Volume I. Lightly foxed throughout, as usual, due to poor paper quality, small sections of some corners torn, with no loss of text. A very good, attractive set. Contemporary quarter leather over marble boards, gilt-ruled spines in compartments, with simple gilt ornaments. Two volumes, octavo. xvi, 731, [1, errata]; xii, 750, [2, errata]. Item #16193
The publication of ‘The Life of Jesus Critically Considered’ aroused a storm of controversy; its revolutionary thesis and content were violently attacked, and wrenched out of context ....Strauss’s principal objective was to explode not only the traditional orthodox view of the Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, but also earlier rationalistic views, notably those of H.S. Reimaris. He maintained with unyielding vigour the theory (which has no basis in fact) that the Christ of the Gospels, excepting the barest scraps of personal history, was the unintentional creation of the early Christian Messianic expectations. The miracles, to which he applied the severest and narrowest criteria, were thus largely dismissed as fiction, and his view of the relation of the human to the divine was jejeune. Strauss had expected the onslaught his work received ... “ (Printing and the Mind of Man, 300).