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Rev. Dr. Erik H. Herrmann

Professor of Historical Theology, Historical Theology

Dean of Theological Research and Publication, Theological Research and Publication

Director of the Center for Reformation Research, Center for Reformation Research

Dr. Erik Herrmann is professor of Historical Theology, dean of Theological Research and publication, and director of the Center for Reformation Research at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Herrmann joined the faculty of Concordia Seminary in 2005 after serving as an assistant pastor at Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Concordia Seminary (2005, 2000). His earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon (1995).

His areas of interest and expertise include the history of biblical interpretation, with a particular focus on Martin Luther and the Reformation period; history of Medieval and Reformation/early modern Europe; 20th century interpretations of Martin Luther and his theology; and the history of American Lutheranism.

He has served as a guest lecturer at the Seminário Concórdia, São Leopoldo, Brazil; Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Luther Academy in Riga, Latvia; the Församlingsfakulteten in Göteborg, Sweden; and the Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia. He was a post-doctoral Stipendiat at the Insitut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Germany, in the summer of 2006.

His writing works include “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church” in The Annotated Luther: Church and Sacraments, vol. 3 (Fortress Press); “Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther’s German Writings, 1539” in The Annotated Luther: Pastoral Writings, volume 4 (Fortress Press, 2016); “Living in the Promises and Places of God: A Theology of the World” with Dr. Charles Arand in the spring 2015 issue of Concordia Journal; and “Luther’s Absorption of Medieval Biblical Interpretation and His Use of the Church Fathers” in The Oxford Handbook to the Theology of Martin Luther (Oxford University Press, 2014). He also edited the “Preface to Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, Defense against the False Charge of Rebellion (1525)” and “Preface to Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, Explanation of How Karlstadt Understands His Teaching concerning the Lord’s Supper and Other Teachings, and How He Wants Them to Be Understood, (1525),” both of which were published in Luther’s Works, volume 59 (Concordia Publishing House, 2012).

Herrmann and his wife, Aliesha, have five children; Augustine, Constansa, Mathias, Tobias and Elspeth. They live in Eureka, Mo.


History of biblical interpretation during the Reformation
History of Medieval and Reformation/early modern Europe
20th century interpretations of Luther and his theology
History of American Lutheranism