Robert L. Rosin

Dr. Robert L. Rosin is professor of historical theology. Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Ill. (B.A. 1972); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (M.Div. 1976); Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. (M.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1986); DAAD fellowship, Tübingen University, 1978–79; resident research fellow, Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, 1979–1981; instructor, Concordia Seminary (1981–85); assistant professor (1985–90); associate professor (1990–97); professor since 1997; acting director of library services (1988–90); editor, Concordia Seminary Publications (1995–2005); chairman, department of historical theology (1995–2004); director of Center for Reformation Research since 1997. Beginning in 1983 has served as guest instructor/lecturer in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, Brazil, Ethiopia, Croatia, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, England, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. Since 1974 has divided time with LCMS World Mission, serving as the Coordinator for Theological Education in Eurasia.

Research interest areas include the connection of Renaissance humanism and the Reformation, the intersection of Christianity and culture, and theological educational curriculum in mission contexts.


  • Professor of Historical Theology


  • B.A., Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Ill.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7134


  • Reformers, the Preacher, and Skepticism: Luther, Brenz, Melanchthon, and Ecclesiastes (Mainz, 1996)
  • The Concordia Reference Bible (St. Louis, 1988; introductions and translator of Luther material)
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation (multiple entries)
  • The Encyclopedia of Protestantism (multiple entries)
  • A Cup of Cold Water: A Look at Biblical Charity (St. Louis, 1988; author/editor)
  • “Replanting Eden: The Elizabethanum as God’s Garden,” in The Harvest of Humanism in Central Europe, ed. Manfred P. Fleischer (St. Louis, 1991)
  • “Christians and Culture: Finding Place in Clio’s Mansions,” in Christ and Culture: The Church in Post-Christian(?) America (St. Louis, 1996)
  • “Lutera e a Estrutura da Igreja Então e Agora,” in Lutero e o Ministério Pastoral, edited by Paulo W. Buss (São Paulo, 1998)
  • “Lutero, a Santa Ceia e Roma,” in Comunhão e Separação no Altar de Senhor,” edited by Paulo W. Buss (Porto Alegre, 2009)
  • “John Eck’s Four Hundred Four Articles for the Imperial Diet at Augsburg” (translator), in Sources and Contexts of The Book of Concord, ed. Robert Kolb and James A. Nestingen (Minneapolis, 2001)
  • “Luther on Education,” in The Pastoral Luther: Essays on Martin Luther’s Practical Theology, ed. Timothy J. Wengert (Grand Rapids, 2009)
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