Dr. Timothy E. Saleska is professor of Exegetical Theology and dean of Ministerial Formation at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
He has been a faculty member since 1997. He was named dean of Ministerial Formation in 2011. He previously served as acting placement counselor (2004-07), editor of Concordia Theology Online (2006-08) and director of the Master of Divinity and residential certificate programs (2008-11).
His areas of interest and expertise include Hebrew and the history of exegesis. He is particularly interested in the book of Psalms, namely how Christians read and meditate on them, and the history of their interpretation in the church. He also has an interest in examining how Christians interpret the Bible in general and how pastors can form faithful readers of God’s Word and remain faithful themselves.
Before joining the Seminary, Saleska served as the pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Cincinnati (1982-95) and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon, Ohio (1995-97).
He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary (1982). He also holds an associate degree from St. John’s College in Winfield, Kan. (1976); a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich. (1978); and a master of philosophy and Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati (1991, 1999).
Saleska authored the Bible study God’s Abiding Word: Psalms for Concordia Publishing House. He contributed to The Lectionary Commentary (Eerdmans Publishing Company) and “Reading Psalm 1 in the Context of the Psalter: Voices in Conversation 123” in Listening to the Word of God: Exegetical Approaches (Seiten). He also offered commentary for Theological Exegesis for Sunday’s Texts (Eerdmans Publishing Company) and the article “The Uses of Scripture in the Christian Community” in Inviting Community (Concordia Seminary Press). He has contributed several articles to Concordia Journal.
Saleska and his wife, Diane, have three grown children and three grandchildren. He enjoys playing sports, biking, walking his dog, hiking, reading and coaching the Seminary’s varsity basketball team, the Preachers.
History of exegesis