Schleiermacher delivered lecture courses on church history in Halle and Berlin in 1806, 1821/22 and 1825/26. For Schleiermacher, church history describes how a living faith community was formed based on divine revelation through Jesus Christ, and how this community developed and spread among humankind. This volume provides an edition with commentary of all of Schleiermacher's manuscripts for these lectures, together with excerpts from student notes. A large proportion of the material presented here has not been published before.
An appendix contains two previously unedited preliminary handwritten studies by Schleiermacher for his essays on dogmatic history relating to the doctrine of election (1819) and the doctrine of the Trinity (1822).