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Rev. Dr. Paul R. Raabe

Professor Emeritus of Exegetical Theology

Dr. Paul Raabe is a professor emeritus at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

He retired in 2018 after 35 years of distinguished service as professor of Exegetical Theology. He also served as the chairman of the Department of Exegetical Theology (1998 to 2010).

His areas of interest and expertise at the Seminary include the Hebrew Prophets and poetry, Old Testament theology and biblical theology.

Raabe also served as an instructor at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich. (1979-83); and as a guest instructor at Lutheran Seminary in Baguio, Philippines (1996); Lutheran Seminary in Gothemberg, Sweden (1998); and Seminario Concordia in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil (2012). He is currently a frequent teacher of the Lay Bible Institute workshops at the Seminary. He was a member of the editorial committee for Concordia Journal, Concordia Seminary’s academic publication, from 1986 to 2000. He served on The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations for nine years and frequently speaks at pastoral conferences. He also has participated in archaeological excavations in southern Israel and northern Syria.

He has published two books, Psalm Structures: A Study of Psalms with Refrains (Sheffield Academic Press), and The Anchor Yale Bible: Obadiah (Yale University Press). He also contributed to Listening to the Word of God: Exegetical Approaches (Seiten). He co-edited Fortunate the Eyes That See (Eerdmans) and The Press of the Text (Concordia Publishing House), a Festschrift in honor of Concordia Seminary Professor Dr. James W. Voelz. He has authored about 40 articles and presented more than a dozen scholarly papers, and is currently writing for the Concordia Commentary series on Isaiah.

He received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Concordia Seminary (1979). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Concordia University, Nebraska in Seward (1975); a Master of Arts (M.A.) from Washington University in St. Louis (1979); and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1989).