SÖDERBLOM, Lars Olof Jonathan (Nathan)

SÖDERBLOM, Lars Olof Jonathan (Nathan). Trönö, Hälsingland 15.1.1866 — Uppsala 12.7.1931. Swedish Theologian and Scholar of Comparative Religion. Professor in Berlin, then Archbishop of Sweden (Uppsala). Son of a vicar, matriculated from Hudiksvall. From 1883 studies at Uppsala (fil.kand. 1886, teol.kad. 1892). Ordained 1892. Dr. 1901 Sorbonne. In 1894-1901 pastor of the Swedish colony in Paris, now studied Iranian and Avesta at É.P.H.É. In 1901-12 Professor of History of Religion at Uppsala (formally of “teologiska prenotioner och teologisk encyklopedi”) and minister of a local parish, in 1912-14 also Professor of History of Religion at Leipzig. From 1914 Archbishop of Sweden in Uppsala, until his death. Nobel Peace Prize 1930 from his oecumenic work. Married 1894 Anna Forsell, twelve children.

Publications: Diss. La vie future d’après le Mazdéisme à la lumière des croyances parallèles dans autres religions. A.M.G. P. 1901.

edited: Främmande Religionsurkunder. 1-4. Stockholm 1908 (A great anthology of original texts of various religions translated into Swedish, vol 1. general introduction “Om religionsurkunder” by NS; vol. 2. Indian texts by K. F. Johansson et al., p. 687-784 “Avesta and Pehlevi” by NS).

Religionsproblemet. 1-2. 1910; Godstrons ursprung. 1913; Kristi pinas historia. 1928; and other works.

Sources: *T. Andrae, N.S. 1931; *E.J. Sharpe, N.S. and the study of religion. 258 p. Chapel Hill 1990; Wikipedia with photo (more in Swedish version, also other pictures and long list of further sources).

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