Robert L. Rosin (Emeritus)

DR. ROBERT ROSIN retired in 2016 after 35 years at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He was the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology at the time of his retirement.

A Seminary faculty member since 1981, he is an emeritus professor of historical theology. He previously served as editor of Concordia Seminary publications (1995–2005) and chairman of the department of historical theology (1995–2004).

He received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. (1986, 1977); Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1976); and Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., formerly Concordia Teachers College (1972).

His 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. From1997 to 2013 he served as the director of the Center for Reformation Research. Beginning in 1983, he has been a guest instructor or lecturer in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, Brazil, Ethiopia, Croatia, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, England, Russia and Kyrgyzstan.

His wife, Laine, also is a graduate of Concordia Seminary (Master of Arts, 1983) and is a senior copy editor at Concordia Publishing House.


  • Emeritus 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


  • 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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