This article’s point of departure is the camaraderie of two eminent Protestant theologians,
Gerhard Ebeling and Ernst Fuchs. From the perspective of Eberhard Jüngel, Ebeling is
described as a ‘doctor of the church’. Focusing on Ebeling’s autobiographical notes, the article
describes his upbringing in a solid churchgoing family, the effect of critical theological training
in Marburg and the influence of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Rudolf Bultmann on his theological
convictions. It points out Ebeling’s interest in the Reformer Martin Luther. The article follows
Ebeling’s career in Zürich and Tübingen, and the way in which his visits to the US positively
influenced his life and thinking.