Dr. Timothy Saleska, born in Winfield, Kan. to a Lutheran grade school teacher (mom) and high school/college professor (dad), spent his youth hanging around the Campus Center, on the grounds and in the gym at St. John’s College, where his dad taught for many years. Apparently destined from the beginning, he entered the pre-seminary program at St. John’s and then finished up his undergraduate degree at Concordia, Ann Arbor, where he was able to further indulge his love of the biblical languages. Following his college graduation in 1978, he completed his studies for the M.Div. at Concordia Seminary in 1982. After graduating, Dr. Saleska served as the pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1982-1995 and then as the family life pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, Ohio from 1995-1997, before returning to the Seminary in 1997. While in Cincinnati, he studied in the area of the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College and earned his Ph.D. from that institution in 1999.
At Concordia Seminary, Dr. Saleska teaches Hebrew and various Old Testament exegetical courses. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as the Dean of Ministerial Formation at the Seminary. In this role, he not only assists in the general oversight of students, but he also gets to interact on a personal level with students who are in the process of their formation. For the past eight years, he has also served as the men’s varsity basketball coach, which brings much joy to his life and those who play under him.
Dr. Saleska’s special area of research is biblical poetry and specifically the book of Psalms. He is especially interested in how Christians read and meditate on the Psalms and in exploring the history of their interpretation in the Church. He has published a downloadable bible study on the Psalms (available at CPH) and is presently working on the Psalms commentary for CPH. In addition to this specific interest, he is interested in how Christians interpret the Bible in general and how pastors can form faithful readers of God’s word and remain faithful themselves.
Outside of the Seminary community, Dr. Saleska has taught and lectured among Christians in various international settings, and he regularly speaks at pastors’ conferences, retreats and congregational bible classes. As hobbies, Tim loves sports of all kinds. As often as possible, he plays basketball, softball, tennis and Ultimate. He greatly enjoys biking, walking his dog (Izzy), and hiking. He also enjoys reading good fiction. His favorite authors include Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried); Cormac McCarthy (The Road; All the Pretty Horses); and Flannery O’Connor’s short stories. Tim’s wife, Diane, teaches nursing at UMSL. They have three grown children (Rebecca [married to Ryan], Joshua, and Johanna) and one grandson, Samuel, with whom he spends time at every opportunity.
- Dean of Ministerial Formation
- Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology
- A.A., St. John’s College, Winfield, Kan.
- B.A., Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
- M.Phil., Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Ph.D.., Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio
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- TL080, Elementary Hebrew
- EO101, Hebrew Readings
- EO102, Hermeneutics
- EO105, Exodus and Torah
- EO106, Psalms and Writings
- EO107, Isaiah and the Prophets
- EO109, Biblical Theology
- EO429, Former Prophets
- EO436, Song of Songs
- EO449, Seventh Century Prophets
- EO804, Advanced Hebrew Readings
- EO805, Poetry in the Torah
- “Meditations on Selected Psalms”
- “How Christians Read the Psalms”
- “The Faces of God in the Psalms” (pre-Lent pastors’ retreat on Penitential Psalms)
- “The Lord’s Supper, the OT, and Christian Biblical Theology: Devotional Bible Study on the Lord’s Supper”
- “Building Healthy Families” (2 hour Bible Study Presentation)
- “The Shaping Power of Prophetic Speech: How Can the Prophets Form Us?”
Links to Resources:
- “A New Lectionary? Why and How.” Concordia Journal 25 (April, 1999), 127-28.
- “What Is the Old Testament Lesson Doing in Our Lectionary?” Concordia Journal 25 (July, 1999), 280-291.
- Van Harn, Roger E., ed. The Lectionary
- Theological Exegesis for Sunday’s Texts. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. David Baker and Tim Saleska.
- God’s Abiding Word: Psalms (Downloadable). St. Louis: CPH, 2002.
- “The Meaning of Participation: A Case for Speaking in the Public Square,” Concordia Journal 29 (January 2003), 39-49.
- “Pastors Who Play God,” Concordia Journal 31 (January 2005), 12-36.
- ”On the Virtues of Just Hanging Out,” Concordia Journal 32 (April, 2006),130-132.
- “The Two Kinds of Righteousness! What’s a Preacher to Do?” Concordia Journal 33 (April, 2007), 136-45.