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Seminary authors celebrated

Books, articles published in 2018 highlighted

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis honored faculty and staff members who have recently written or contributed to published books at its annual Faculty Author Reception May 14 co-hosted by Concordia Publishing House (CPH).

“An enormous amount of work is represented here at this table and in this room and I congratulate all of you,” said Dr. Erik Herrmann, director of Concordia Theology and chairman of Historical Theology during the reception, held in the Kristine Kay Hasse Memorial Library. “All of this work is worth paying attention to and looking at carefully.”

Herrmann highlighted the much-anticipated third volume of Matthew by Dr. Jeff Gibbs and Dr. Richard Warneck’s Pastoral Ministry: Theology and Practice, which he called “a beautiful blend of theological reflection and in a tradition of Lutheran practical ministry.”

Both books were published by CPH.

“We applaud you for everything you are doing here and what you are contributing to scholarship,” said Elizabeth Pittman, CPH’s manager of public relations, of the authors. “It’s a gift to the church and to the faith community at-large.”

The following faculty and staff were recognized for their contributions in the 2018-19 academic year:

Dr. Kent Burreson, Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology, and Dr. Beth Hoeltke, director of the Graduate School: Death, Heaven, Resurrection, and the New Creation (Concordia Publishing House, 2019).

Dr. Alberto Garcia, guest instructor, Comentario a los profetas menores Vol. 2. Commentary to the Minor Prophets Vol. 2 (Concordia Publishing House, 2019).

Dr. Jeff Gibbs, professor of Exegetical Theology: Matthew Volume 3 21:1—28:20 (Concordia Publishing House, 2018).

Dr. Erik Herrmann, associate professor of Historical Theology: A Lutheran Response to the Reformed Tradition. “Luther’s Divine Aeneid: Continuity and Creativity in Reforming the Use of the Bible,” in Lutherjahrbuch, editors Christoph Spehr (Vanderhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018): 85-109.

Dr. Robert Kolb, professor emeritus, international research:

Articles in books:

  • ‘”Scripture or Pope? The Exegetical Basis of Matthias Flacius’ Understanding of Authority in the church,” in Matthias Flacius Illyricus. Biographische Kontexte, theologische Wirkungen, historische Rezeption, editors Irene Dingel, Johannes Hund, Luka Ilić, and Marion Bechthold-Mayer (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019), 119-133.
  • “The Formula of Concord and the Book of Concord. The Path to Consensus and Definition within the Wittenberg Circle,” in Bekennen und Bekenntnis im Kontext der Wittenberg Reformation, editors Daniel Gehrt, Johannes Hund, Stefan Michel (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte 128, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019), 177-192.
  • “The Influence of the Lutheran Confession in Areas Beyond the Continent of Europe,” in Bekenntisbilunung und Bekenntnisbindung. Bestimmung und Geltung von abgeleiteten Grundsätzen im Normengefüge lutherischer Kirchen, editors Werner Klän and Bernd Oberdorfer (Edition Ruprecht, 2019), 92-107.
  • “Luther’s Transformation of Scholastic Terms,” in Handing over the Good. Determined to Proclaim Nothing but Christ Jesus and Him Crucified. Essays in Honor of James Arne Nestingen, editors Steven Paulson and Scott L. Keith (1517 Publishing, 2018), 21-38.
  • “Quatenus sana philosophia theologiae serviet. The Relationship of Reason and Theology in Early Modern Lutheran Exegesis,” in Das Projekt der Aufklärung. Philosophisch-Theologische Debatten von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart. Warter Sparn zum 75. Geburtstag, editors Joar Haga, Sascha Salatowsky, Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann and Wolfgang Schobert (Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2018) 65-79.
  • “Melanchthon .. Ein ‘Lutheraner’? Zu Vielfalt und Einheit der Wittenberger Theologie,” in Melanchthon. Der Reformator zwischen Eigenständigkeit und Erkenntnisgemeinschaft, editors Rainer Rausch and Tobias Jammerthal (Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2018), 166-187.
  • “‘Accompanying this Sister of Ours to the Grave.’ Late-Reformation Lutheran Funeral Sermons for Women,” in Frauen – Bücher – Höfe: Wissen und Sammeln vor 1800. Women – Books – Courts: Knowledge and Collecting before 1800, editors Volker Bauer, Elizabel Harding, Gerhild Scholz Williams and Mara R. Wade (Harrassowitz, 2018), 239-249.
  • “Die Konkordienformel als die einigende Mitte der lutherischen Theologie,” in “Die einigende Mitte.” Theologie in konfessioneller und ökumenischer Verantwortung (Edition Ruprecht, 2018), 201-216. [200]

Dr. David Peter, professor of Practical Theology: Maximizing the Midsize Church: Effective Leadership for Fruitful Mission and Ministry (Kregel Publications, 2019).

Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M., Werner R.H. Krause and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries:

  • The Holy Spirit and the Son’s Glorification: Spirit Christology as a Theological Lens for Interpreting John 7:37-39, introduction with Dr. Myk Habets, Spirit Christology and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, in special issue of Journal of Theological Interpretation 12, No. 1. (Penn State University Press, 2018).
  • Sculptor Spirit: Models of Sanctification from Spirit Christology (InterVarsity Press, 2019).

Dr. Bruce Schuchard, professor of Exegetical Theology: Temple, Festivals, and Scripture in the Gospel of John in The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies, editors Judith M. Lieu and Martinus C. de Boer (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Dr. Richard Warneck, professor emeritus, practical theology: Pastoral Ministry: Theology and Practice (Concordia Publishing House, 2018).

The following faculty contributed to volumes with multiple authors:

God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions (Eerdmans Publishing, 2018):

  • Dr. Charles Arand, Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate professor of Systematic Theology: The Gospel in the Lutheran Tradition.
  • Dr. Erik Herrmann, associate professor of Historical Theology: A Lutheran Response to the Reformed Tradition.

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