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This "Jacob Watts" who supposedly studied at Tübingen and Marburg w/ R. Bultmann (and fellow-student of W. Schmithals in 1948/9), is "he" a just literary fiction, authorial device, of the Editor/Translator of "his" books?
See ... rinth.html

"... Jacob studied at Tübingen and later at Marburg, Germany, before and after World War II"? Elsewhere, he is described as Canadian! Canadians didn't remain in Germany after 1938 - if this "Canadian" studied there "four years" (as described) he arrived in 1934 at the latest. He must have been born before 1914. Deceased in 1958 in India, on a mission from a Winnepeg church? At Age 44.

Gosh, I have lots of questions.

What did he do in the War? Its odd to imagine a Canadian going abroad to study in the ruins of the Third Reich, but anything is possible.

This Kodachrome (from the 1970s?) is supposed to represent Jacob Watts?? If this man is in late 30s, that picture must date c.1953 at the latest; if he's 35, that photo should be from 1949. (I-Don't-Think-So.)

But the "second cousin" looks alot like the Editor/Translator (recent photo): I'd guess its the same guy, younger, circa 1976.

Jacob Watts' notes" had to be translated, 'because German'. If "he" studied at Tübingen, they CERTAINLY have records of that fact. Canadian student, in 1938?!

I cannot find evidence this person lived.

I'm suspicious. Its seems implausible an unknown theologian produced several historische romans as mss. but apparently left no other records in his lifetime?

JW supposedly dies in India during 1958, so the original mss. (left w/relative, published five+ decades later) must be older, obviously. But the Editor's biblio. of JW's "source books" are almost all (1 or 2 exceptions) in English. And some date from 2000s, even 2011. Huh?

-- I'm digging at an authorial mystery of 1938 and I know that no "source" for my Authors will date any later! IMPOSSIBLE. --
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