Erik H. Herrmann

Dr. Erik Herrmann is associate professor of historical theology, chairman of the historical theology department, director of theological resources and special projects, and director of the Center for Reformation Research at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

His areas of interest and expertise include the history of biblical interpretation, with a particular focus on Martin Luther and the Reformation period; history of medieval and Reformation/early modern Europe; 20th century interpretations of Martin Luther and his theology; and the history of American Lutheranism. 

Herrmann joined the faculty of Concordia Seminary in 2005 after serving as an assistant pastor at Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. (2005) and Master of Divinity (2000) from Concordia Seminary. His earned his bachelor’s degree (1995) from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon.

He has served as a guest lecturer at the Luther Academy in Riga, Latvia; the Församlingsfakulteten in Göteborg, Sweden; and the Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia. He was a post-doctoral Stipendiat at the Insitut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Germany in the summer of 2006.

His writing works include “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church” in The Annotated Luther: Church and Sacraments, vol. 3 (Fortress Press); “Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther’s German Writings, 1539” in The Annotated Luther: Pastoral Writings, volume 4 (Fortress Press, 2016); “Living in the Promises and Places of God: A Theology of the World” with Dr. Charles Arand in the spring 2015 issue of Concordia Journal; and “Luther’s Absorption of Medieval Biblical Interpretation and His Use of the Church Fathers” in The Oxford Handbook to the Theology of Martin Luther (Oxford University Press, 2014). He also edited the “Preface to Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, Defense against the False Charge of Rebellion (1525)” and “Preface to Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, Explanation of How Karlstadt Understands His Teaching concerning the Lord’s Supper and Other Teachings, and How He Wants Them to Be Understood, (1525),” both of which were published in Luther’s Works, volume 59 (Concordia Publishing House, 2012).

He also has three works forthcoming: “From Philosopher to Physician: Images of Jesus in the Writings of Augustine,” in Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages (Brill); “The Luther Renaissance” in Martin Luther in Context (Cambridge University Press); and “Biblical Commentary: New Testament” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther (Oxford University Press).

Herrmann and his wife, Aliesha, have five children: Augustine, Constansa, Mathias, Tobias and Elspeth. They live in Eureka, Mo.

Position

  • Associate Professor of Historical Theology
  • Chairman of Historical Theology Department
  • Director of Theological Resources and Special Projects
  • Director of the Center for Reformation Research

Interests

  • History of Biblical Interpretation during the Reformation
  • History of Medieval and Reformation/Early Modern Europe
  • 20th Century Interpretations of Luther and His Theology
  • History of American Lutheranism

Degrees

  • Ph.D., M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • B.A., Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis.

Contact Information

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-505-7389
herrmanne@csl.edu

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