David R. Maxwell

DR. DAVID R. MAXWELL is the Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology.

A Seminary faculty member since 2004, he is director of the graduate school and an associate professor of systematic theology. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (2003); a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1995, 1997); a Master of Arts from Washington University, St. Louis (1995); and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas, Austin (1991). He was ordained in 2003 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elkhart, Ind.

At the Seminary, he teaches courses in systematic theology, patristics, history of exegesis and Latin. His primary research interest is the early Church, particularly the Christological controversies of the fourth through sixth centuries. He also works in the field of patristic exegesis and recently produced a translation of Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John (InterVarsity Press).

In addition, he has delivered a number of presentations on Lutheran identity, both in the United States and in Indonesia. He plays the organ regularly in church and at the Seminary. In conjunction with playing the organ, he has written on the theological symbolism in the organ music of J.S. Bach, particularly Bach’s “Clavierübung III,” which is based largely on Luther’s catechism hymns.


  • Director of Graduate School
  • Associate Professor of Systematic Theology


  • B.A., University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • M.A., Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7385
Email: maxwelld@csl.edu



  • Translation of Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John (InterVarsity Press, forthcoming).
  • “What Was ‘Wrong’ with Augustine? The Sixth-Century Reception (or Lack Thereof) of Augustine’s Christology,” In the Shadow of the Incarnation: Essays in Honor of Brian E. Daley, (ed.) Peter Martens, University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.
  • “The Resurrection of Christ: Its Importance in the History of the Church,” Concordia Journal 34.1-2 (January-April, 2008): 22-37.
  • “Justified by Works and Not By Faith Alone: Reconciling Paul and James,” Concordia Journal 33.4 (October, 2007): 375-378.
  • “Reflections on the Death of God,” Concordia Journal 32.4 (October, 2006): 381-387.
  • “‘Crucified in the Flesh’: Christological Confession or Evasive Qualification?” Pro Ecclesia (Winter, 2004): 70-81.
  • “Theological Symbolism in the Organ Works of J.S. Bach,” Concordia Journal (April, 1993): 148-162.

Conference Topics:

  • “The Growth of the Church in the First 300 Years.”
  • “Justification in the Cultural Context of the Early Church.”
  • “Lutheran Identity According to the Lutheran Confessions.”
  • “The Resurrection of Christ: Its Importance in the History of the Church.”
  • “The Connection Between Christology and Grace: Continuities Between the Sixth and the Sixteenth Centuries.”
  • “The Role of Merit in Anti-Pelagian Theology: Fulgentius of Ruspe, Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther.”
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