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Otto Bardenhewer

Bertram Otto Bardenhewer (Mönchengladbach, 16 March 1851 – Munich, 23 March 1935) was a German Catholic patrologist. His Geschichte der altkirchlichen Literatur is a standard work, re-issued in 2008.[1] For Bardenhewer, a patrologist was not a literary historian of the Church Fathers, but a historian of dogmatic definitions.[2]


He was educated at the University of Bonn (Ph.D., 1873) and University of Würzburg, and in 1879 became privat-docent of theology at the University of Munich. In 1884 he accepted a call to Münster as professor of Old Testament. Two years later he returned to Munich, as a professor for New Testament exegesis and Biblical hermeneutics, a position he held to 1924.


  • Hermetis Trismegisti qui apud Arabes fertur de castigatione animæ libellus (Bonn, 1873)
  • Des heiligen Hippolytus von Rom Kommentar zum Buche Daniel (Freiburg, 1877)
  • Polychronius, Bruder Theodors von Mopsuestia and Bischof von Apamea (1879)
  • Die pseudo-aristotelische Schrift über die reine Gute, bekannt unter dem Namen "Liber de Causis" (1882)
  • Patrologie (1894)
  • Geschichte der altkirchlichen Literatur (5 vols., 1902 to 1932).


  1. ^ Geschichte der altkirchlichen Literatur, introduction by Alfons Fürst, ISBN 978-3-534-20191-4
  2. ^ Hubert Jedin, John Dolan, The Church in the Industrial Age (1981), p. 324 note.
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