- I find his existential Deism nauseating.
- There is more to Romans than a diatribe.
- His History of the Synoptic Tradition asserted more than it argued and is methodologically defunct.
- There never was a Gnostic Redeemer myth nor was there ever any proof for it in the first place.
- He was wrong to cordon off Christianity into Palestinian, Hellenistic, and Gentile varieties.
- His depiction of Judaism as pure legalism is both inaccurate and has had horrendous effects in Pauline studies.
- His best book A Theology of the New Testament gives us 30 pages about Jesus and 120 about a fictitious Hellenistic Community.
Let me say that I do however like Bultmann's TDNT articles and he found a way to momentarily stop liberal protestants from becoming atheists and post-Christian secularists. In terms of twentieth-century Germans, give me Zahn, Schlatter, Pannenberg, Stuhlmacher, and Hengel any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
I dedicate this post to my good friend Jim West!