Rev. Thomas J. Egger is assistant professor of exegetical theology and serves as an academic adviser to first-year students at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Egger has been a faculty member at Concordia Seminary since 2005. He earned his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1997), and received his bachelor’s degree in English and German from Central College, Pella, Iowa (1993). He is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation on the phrase “visiting iniquity of fathers upon sons” in the book of Exodus.
His areas of interest and expertise include biblical Hebrew, the book of Exodus, Old Testament Theology, Old Testament Christ-typology, divine justice, narrative and rhetorical analysis, the nature and authority of Scripture, and “objectionable” texts in the Bible (those often raising criticisms of divine violence and accusations of divine immorality). He has made contributions in the area of American Lutheran history, especially the history of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and its first president, Dr. C.F.W. Walther. He is interested in the theology of Luther’s Catechisms and the intersection of the Catechism and the Bible in Lutheran teaching and piety.
His writings include “The OT Sabbath: Creaturely, Catechetical, and Christological Reflections,” presented at the Concordia Seminary Theological Symposium in 2014; “Jesus: The Restorer of Rest” in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Concordia Seminary magazine; “Jesus: The Second and Greater Adam” in The Restoration of Creation in Christ: Essays in Honor of Dean O. Wenthe (St. Louis: Concordia, 2014); “Jesus: The Second and Greater Adam” in Modern Reformation 22:6 (2013): 40–45; and “Waltherana Research Guide” in C.F.W. Walther: Churchman and Theologian (Saint Louis: Concordia, 2011).
He served as pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Storm Lake, Iowa, from 2000-05. He was a guest instructor at Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1999.
In addition to his Seminary duties, Egger currently serves on the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations and on the Catechism Revision Committee, which is preparing a revision of the Synod’s explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism. He serves Concordia Historical Institute on its Awards Committee and on its Walther Roundtable Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of Providence Classical Christian Academy, a K-12 school in St. Louis, since 2008.
His favorite pastimes are running, Cardinals baseball, birdwatching, hiking, golf, reading stories and poetry to his children, and singing hymns with his family. He and his wife, Victoria, have been blessed with six children.
- Assistant Professor of Exegetical Theology
- Biblical Hebrew
- Old Testament Theology and Christ-typology
- Divine Justice
- Narrative and Rhetorical Analysis
- The Nature and Authority of Scripture
- “Objectionable” texts in the Bible
- B.A., Central College, Pella, Iowa
- M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
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