|Strauss (straʊs, German ʃtraus)|
|1.||David Friedrich (ˈdaːfɪt ˈfriːdrɪç). 1808--74, German Protestant theologian: in his Life of Jesus (1835--36) he treated the supernatural elements of the story as myth|
|2.||Johann (joˈhan). 1804--49, Austrian composer, noted for his waltzes|
|3.||his son, Johann, called the Waltz King. 1825--99, Austrian composer, whose works include The Blue Danube Waltz (1867) and the operetta Die Fledermaus (1874)|
|4.||Richard (ˈrɪçart). 1864--1949, German composer, noted esp for his symphonic poems, including Don Juan (1889) and Till Eulenspiegel (1895), his operas, such as Elektra (1909) and Der Rosenkavalier (1911), and his Four Last Songs (1948)|
david friedrich strauss
controversial German-Protestant philosopher, theologian, and biographer whose use of dialectical philosophy, emphasizing social evolution through the inner struggle of opposing forces, broke new ground in biblical interpretation by explaining the New Testament accounts of Christ mythologically.
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