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Title/Position:Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor, Reformation History
Education: BA, University of Michigan, 1972; MA, 1973; MDiv, Luther Seminary, 1977; PhD, Duke University, 1984; parish pastor in Minnesota and Wisconsin seven years.
Timothy Wengert teaches and does research in Reformation History and the Lutheran Confessions. In 1981 he discovered and published notes on two of Martin Luther's sermons from 1520. His dissertation, published by Librairie Droz in Geneva Switzerland, investigates Philip Melanchthon's interpretation of John's Gospel. While a representative for the ELCA on the Commission on Faith and Order of the National Council of Churches, he co-edited a book for Eerdmans publishing house on the role of church history in ecumenism, Telling the Churches' Stories. In 2000 a new English edition of The Book of Concord appeared edited jointly by Robert Kolb and Timothy Wengert (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishers). His translation of Luther's Small Catechism from that volume is used widely throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
He has written two other books on Philip Melanchthon: Human Freedom, Christian Righteousness (Oxford University Press) focuses on Melanchthon's relation to Erasmus. Law and Gospel (Baker Books) concentrates on his relation to John Agricola and the third use of the law. In 1997, for the 500th anniversary of Melanchthon's birth, he co-edited a book for Sheffield Academic Press entitled Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560) and the Commentary. In February 2000, the city of Bretten, Germany (Melanchthon's birth place) awarded him Melanchthon Prize for contributions to the field of Reformation scholarship, especially for his book on Melanchthon and Erasmus. This is the first time that the prize, awarded every three years, was given to an American. In 2010 Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin awarded him an honorary doctorate.
He is associate editor of the Lutheran Quarterly and has edited two volumes of essays on Martin Luther by scholars whose contributions first appeared in the journal: Harvesting Martin Luther's Reflections on Theology, Church and Ethics and The Pastoral Luther: Essays in Luther's Practical Theology. He served on the ELCA-United Methodist dialogue, on the ELCA Task Force for Studies in Sexuality, and as co-chair of the Commission of the World Mennonite Conference and the Lutheran World Federation. With Gordon Lathrop he coauthored, Christian Assembly: The Marks of the Church in a Pluralistic Age. He has also written A Formula for Parish Practice: Using the Formula of Concord in the Parish; Priesthood, Pastors, Bishops: Public Ministry for the Reformation and Today; Martin Luther's Catechisms: Forming the Faith. In 2010 a collection of his essays on Melanchthon, Philip Melanchthon: Speaker of the Reformation, was published by Aldersgate (Variorum Press).
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