Paul W. Robinson

Dr. Paul Robinson is professor of historical theology and chair of the Department of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Dr. Robinson grew up in a parsonage in rural Wisconsin, where his father served as a pastor for more than 30 years. After graduating from Concordia, River Forest, Dr. Robinson attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning both the M.Div. and S.T.M. He served as pastor at St. John Lutheran Church, Secor, Ill., before moving to the Chicago area. He received the Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, specializing in medieval and Reformation history. His dissertation explored medieval sermons on the Lord’s Prayer.

Dr. Robinson became interested in the Middle Ages precisely because Lutherans seemed to say so little about the time between Augustine and Luther—in spite of the fact that it comprises one out of two millennia in the history of the church to this point! He is especially interested in the preaching of the Middle Ages as a means for communicating the Christian faith, but he is also easily sidetracked by other intriguing topics.

In his spare time (which isn’t much with three very active teenagers in the house), Dr. Robinson enjoys playing the tuba, brewing beer, and making sausage. And he does realize that this makes him a stereotypical native of the Badger State.


  • Dean and Marshal of Faculty
  • Professor of Historical Theology


  • B.A., Concordia College, River Forest, Ill.
  • M.Div., S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7133


Publications and Papers:

  • Martin Luther: A Life Reformed. The Library of World Biography. Edited by Peter N. Stearns. Pearson Longman, 2010.
  • “Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer and the Rogation Days in the Later Middle Ages.” In A History of Prayer in the Middle Ages, 441–462. Edited by Roy Hammerling. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2008.
  • “Luther’s Explanation of Daily Bread in Light of Medieval Preaching.” Lutheran Quarterly 13 : 435–47.
  • “‘The Most Learned Discourses of the Philosophers and Lawyers’: Roman Law, Natural Law, and Property in Melanchthon’s Loci Communes.Concordia Journal 28 : 41–53.
  • “Luther’s Theology of the Cross.” Texas District Pastors Conference, April 2007
  • “The Song of Songs in the Middle Ages.” Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, March 2007
  • “Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer: Manuscript Collections and Preaching Contexts.” International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), May 2006
  • “‘Teach us to pray’: Preaching Prayer in Late Medieval Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer.” International Medieval Congress (Leeds), July 2004
  • “‘Father is the name of love not fear’: Preaching God in the Pater Noster in Late Medieval Germany.” International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), May 2003
  • “John of Ragusa’s Tractatus de Ecclesia and Luther’s notae ecclesiae.” Seminar paper for the International Luther Congress (Copenhagen), August 2002, Seminar report in Lutherjahrbuch 17 (2004): 244–5
  • “The Catechisms as a Model for Mission Proclamation.” Plenary address, Theological Symposium, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, September 2001
  • “Luther on the Means of Grace” and “Luther on the Ministry.” Meeting of the Lutheran Evangelical Association of Finland (Tampere), August 2001
  • “‘For the salvation of the souls of simple Christian people’: Preaching the Faith in the Middle Ages.” Theological Symposium, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, May 1999
  • “Luther’s Explanation of Daily Bread in Light of Medieval Preaching.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, October 1998
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