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, Mo.

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, Mo. 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, Wis.

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 for the summer of 2006.

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 Center for Reformation Research

Degrees:

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

Publications:

  • “From Philosopher to Physician: Images of Jesus in the Writings of Augustine,” in Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages, ed. Jane Beal, Brill: Leiden, Forthcoming.
  • “The Luther Renaissance” in Martin Luther in Context, ed. David Whitford, Cambridge University Press: Forthcoming
  • “Biblical Commentary: New Testament” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther. Oxford University Press: Forthcoming.
  • “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church” in The Annotated Luther: Church and Sacraments, vol. 3, ed. Paul Robinson. Fortress Press: 2016, pp. 9-129.
  • “Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther’s German Writings, 1539” in The Annotated Luther: Pastoral Writings, vol. 4, ed. Mary Jane Haemig. Fortress Press: 2016, pp. 475-488.
  • “Living in the Promises and Places of God: A Theology of the World” by Charles Arand and Erik Herrmann in Concordia Journal 41 (Spring 2015): 101-110.
  • “Luther’s Absorption of Medieval Biblical Interpretation and His Use of the Church Fathers,” in The Oxford Handbook to the Theology of Martin Luther, eds. Robert Kolb, Irena Dingel, Lubomir Batka. Oxford University Press: 2014, 71-90.
  • “Preface to Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, Defense against the False Charge of Rebellion (1525).” Translated O. Marc Tanger. Edited by Erik H. Herrmann. In Luther’s Works, volume 59 (CPH: 2012), 134-37.
  • “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).” Translated O. Marc Tanger. Edited by Erik H. Herrmann. In Luther’s Works, volume 59 (CPH: 2012), 138-49.
  • “Attending to the Beauty of the Creation and the New Creation,” by Erik Herrmann and Charles Arand in Concordia Journal 38 (Fall 2012): 313-31.
  • Translation and annotation of Martin Luther’s “Sermon for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity, Col. 1:3-14” in Luther’s Works, v. 58 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2010), 331-39.
  • “Philip Melanchthon’s Poem to Martin Luther” with James Prothro in Concordia Journal 36 (Spring 2010): 97-101.
  •  “Writing a Theology of Luther: A Review Essay on Contributions New and Old” in Concordia Journal 35 (Fall 2009): 380-89.

Interests:

  • History of biblical interpretation, focusing on Martin Luther and the Reformation period
  • History of medieval and Reformation/early modern Europe
  • 20th century interpretations of Luther and his theology
  • History of American Lutheranism

Contact Information:

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

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