John G. Nordling, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology

Dr. Nordling joined our faculty in 2006.  He is a graduate of Concordia University, Portland (A.A., 1977), Valparaiso University (B.A., 1980), and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., 1985).  Dr. Nordling has completed two academic degrees in Classics—the first, at Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., 1985), and the second, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. dissertation: “Indirect Discourse and Rhetorical Strategies in Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile,” 1991). 

From 1990-1994 he served as pastor at Grace English Ev. Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Nordling taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Valparaiso University (1994-1999) and in the Department of Classics at Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1999-2006). 

Dr. Nordling has developed “Lutheranism & the Classics,” a biennial conference wherein pastors, classicists and educators consider how the classical languages have influenced Lutheranism in the past, and how Greek and Latin are poised to enrich church, academy and culture in the future.

He has written Philemon for the Concordia Commentary Series (CPH 2004) and Religion and Resistance in Early Judaism: Greek Readings in 1 Maccabees and Josephus (CPH 2010) for the Concordia Peer Reviewed Series. 

He and his wife, Sara Anne Nordling, have been married since 1985.



Collected Writings


Religion and Resistance in Early Judaism: Greek Readings in 1 Maccabees and Josephus. Concordia Peer Reviewed Series. Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 2010. 363 + xxiii pages. ISBN: 0-7586-2667-3.
Philemon. Concordia Commentary Series. St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 2004.


Articles in Development


 "The Old Testament in Philippians," has been submitted to CTQ.
 "Teaching Greek at the Seminary," has been submitted to Logia.
 "Race and Slavery: Historical and Biblical Perspectives," in development for HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies.
 "'Bought for a Price':: Understanding Slave Redemption in the New Testament," in development for HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies.

Scholarly Articles

"Some Matters Favoring the Runaway Slave Hypothesis in PhilemonNeotestamentica 44.1 (2010) 85-121.
"Philemon in the Context of Paul's Travels." Concordia Theological Quarterly 74.2-3 (July/October 2010) 289-305.
"A Response to Jeffrey Kloha's Study of the Trans-Congregational Church." Concordia Theological Quarterly 73.3 (July 2009) 270-75.
"A More Positive View of Slavery: Establishing Servile Identity in the Earliest Congregations."Bulletin for Biblical Research 19.1 (2009) 63-84.
"Slavery and Vocation." Lutheran Forum 42.2 (Summer 2008) 12-17.
"The Gospel in Philemon." Concordia Theological Quarterly 71.1 (January 2007) 71-83.
"The Catechism: The Heart of the Reformation." Logia 16.4 (Reformation 2007) 5-13.
"Caesar's Pre-Battle Speech at Pharsalus (B.C. 3.85.4): ridiculum acri fortius... secat res." Classical Journal 101.2 (December-January 2005/06) 183-189.
"The Preaching of Augustine," in J.A. Maxfield, ed., The Pieper Lectures, vol. 8: Preaching through the Ages. (St. Louis, MO and Northville, SD: Concordia Historical Institute and The Luther Academy, 2004) 35-63
"Bibliographical Addendum," in F. Cairns and E. Fantham, eds., Caesar against Liberty? Perspectives on his Autocracy. Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 11; Classical and Medieval Tests, Papers and Monographs 43 (Cambridge, UK: Francis Cairns Publications, 2003) 201-220.
"Large Catechism III, 66, Latin Version." Concordia Journal 29.3 (July 2003) 235-239.
"Why Should I Learn Latin when Everything has been Translated into English?"Logia 11.2 (2002) 27-33.
"A Lutheran Goes to Rome." Logia 8.1 (1999) 39-43.
"Christ Leavens Culture: St. Paul on Slavery." Concordia Journal 24 (1998) 43-52.
"Onesimus Fugitivus: a Defense of the Runaway Slave Hypothesis in Philemon." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 41 (1991) 97-119; republished in C.E. Evans and S.E. Porter, eds., New Testament Backgrounds (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997) 263-283.


Devotional Writings

"Lutheranism and the Classics." For the Life of the World 14.1 (March 2010) 12; 14.2 (July 2010) 10-11.
"Why Study Latin?" Higher Things 7.3 (Fall 2007) 28-29.
"Bible Shows no Evidence to Support Homosexuality." The Journal Gazette (Saturday, May 26, 2007) 2C.
"The Prayer that Jesus Gave" For the Life of the World 3 (April 1999) 6-7.
"The Pastoral Office is Not an Option." Journal of English District Pastors 8 (Spring/Summer 1996) 4-7.
"The Ph.D. in the Parish." Logia 4.4 (1995) 88-91.