Dr. Joel Elowsky is a professor of historical theology.
Elowsky has been a Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 2014. He is the director of the Seminary’s Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts and also is a researcher for the Center for Early African Christianity at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
His interests and areas of expertise include early church studies, history of exegesis and mission work.
He earned a Master of Philosophy (2008) and Ph.D. (2009) from Drew University, Madison, N.J. After studying at Westfield House, Cambridge, England, and Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, he transferred to Concordia Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity (1990) and Master of Sacred Theology (1992). He received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich. (1985).
He served as associate professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, from 2010 to 2014, and as adjunct professor of religion at Drew University from 2000 to 2004.
He served as associate professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis. (2010-2014) as well as research director of The Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. (2009-2014).
Elowsky’s first call out of seminary was with the SELC District as a mission developer in Galloway Township, N.J. (1992-2000). He served as operations manager/research director for Thomas Oden’s 29-volume Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (IVP) from 2000-2010 which has been translated into at least seven languages. While serving in that capacity he also served vacancies at Trinity Lutheran Church, Morris Plains, N.J., Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Montville, N.J., and Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fairlawn, N.J.
Since 2004 he has been part of the ecumenical group Evangelicals and Catholics Together. He has also served as a participant in dialogs between evangelicals and the Vatican, delivering a paper on Scripture and Tradition at the Vatican in 2010. He also is a board member of the Chinese Academic Consortium and a member of the International Patristics Society and the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL). He serves as the president of the Institute for Classical Christian Studies which has ties with Yale University. He has also lectured extensively in Africa as a researcher and lecturer for the Center for Early African Christianity formerly housed at Eastern University and now located at Yale and continues to lecture in Africa on behalf of Concordia Seminary.
He initiated two other publication series: the five-volume Ancient Christian Doctrine and the 14-volume Ancient Christian Texts, as well as the Ancient Christian Devotional.
He has edited or authored numerous books and articles including:
- John 1-10 in Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Vol IVa (InterVarsity Press, 2007)
- John 11-21 in Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Vol IVb (InterVarsity Press, 2007)
- We Believe in the Holy Spirit in Ancient Christian Doctrine Series, Vol. 4 (InterVarsity Press, 2009)
- Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, 3 Volumes, 5000 pages. Eds. Angelo DiBerardino, Thomas C. Oden, Joel C. Elowsky, James Hoover (InterVarsity Press, 2014)
- Cyril of Alexandria: Commentary on John, Vol II. trans. David Maxwell, ed. Joel Elowsky, Ancient Christian Texts Series (InterVarsity Press, 2015)
- “Exodus in the Fathers.” In Thomas B. Dozeman, Craig A. Evans, and Joel N. Lohr, eds. The Book of Exodus: Composition, Reception and Interpretation. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Part of the Formation and Interpretation of Old Testament Literature series.
- “Alexandrian Theology and Contemporary African Thought.” In A New History of African Christian Thought: From Cape to Cairo, edited by David Ngong. Routledge, 2016.
Elowsky is currently working on a translation of Athanasius’ Letter to Marcellinus as well as on an Encyclopedia of Early African Christianity to be published by the Institute for Classical Christian Studies Press, which will be a condensation and selective editing of the larger Encyclopedia of the Early Church with new articles germaine to the African church.
Elowsky and his wife, Joy, have two grown sons, Christian and Luke. Joy Elowsky accompanies the Seminary Chorus and Pro-Musica Sacra while also serving as organist at Glendale Lutheran Church, St. Louis. Christian graduated from the University of Wisconsin (2015) with a computer science degree and Luke is enrolled in the pre-seminary program at Concordia University Wisconsin. When not traveling, Elowsky enjoys sailing in northern Michigan and spending time with his family and dog, Hubert.
- Professor of Historical Theology
- Director of the Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts
- Early Church Studies
- History of Exegesis
- Mission Work
- M.Phil., Ph.D., Drew University, Madison, N.J. (with distinction)
- M.Div., S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
- B.A., Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich.
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May 20, 2015, KSIV Radio “Encounter” interview, Ancient Christian Doctrine, Part 1
May 20, 2015, KSIV Radio “Encounter” interview, Ancient Christian Doctrine, Part 2