Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Dr. Charles Gieschen

  • Professor of Exegetical Theology
  • Academic Dean
  • Associate Editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly


Dr. Charles Gieschen has been a member of the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW) faculty since 1996. He serves as  academic dean and professor of Exegetical Theology.

He is a graduate of this seminary (M.Div. 1984) and has completed graduate degrees in New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M. 1985) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1995). During his doctoral studies, he took a six-month sabbatical from his congregation in 1994 and was a research student at Oxford University in England.

He is an ordained pastor of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) who served as associate and then senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Michigan from 1985 until being called to CTSFW in 1996.

His first book, Angelomorphic Christology, was published by Brill Academic Press (1998). He edited a collection of essays entitled The Law in Holy Scripture that was published by Concordia Publishing House (2004). He is currently writing the Concordia Commentary volume on 1-2 Thessalonians. He has written, taught and lectured extensively as a scholar on the subject of early expressions of Jesus’ divine identity. He has also authored some popular articles and studies, including Romans in Concordia Publishing House’s God’s Abiding Word series (2001). He has served as the associate editor of the Seminary journal, Concordia Theological Quarterly, since 2006.

He was one of the Seminary faculty representatives serving on the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the LCMS (2007–2016). He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the International Enoch Seminar and the Chief Academic Officers Society of the Association of Theological Schools.

Works of Note

Collected Writings


(Editor) The Law in Holy Scripture: Essays from the Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium. St. Louis: Concordia Academic Press, 2004.
Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence. Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums 42. Leiden: Brill Academic Press, 1998.

Scholarly Articles

“Why Was Jesus with the Wild Beasts (Mark 1:13)?” Concordia Theological Quarterly 73 (2009): 77-80.
“The Death of Jesus in the Gospel of John: Atonement for Sin?”Concordia Theological Quarterly 72 (2008): 243-261.
“The Lamb (Not the Man) on the Divine Throne.” In Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity. Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado and Alan F. Segal. Ed. David B. Capes, April D. DeConick, Helen K. Bond, and Troy A. Miller, 221-243 and 427-432. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2008.
“Christian Identity in Pagan Thessalonica: The Imitation of Paul’s Cruciform Life.”Concordia Theological Quarterly 72 (2008): 3-18.
“The Name of the Son of Man in the Parables of Enoch.” Enoch and the Messiah Son of Man: Revisiting the Book of Parables, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini, 238-249. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
“The Lost Tomb of Jesus?” Concordia Theological Quarterly 71 (2007): 199-200.
“Listening to Intertextual Relationships in Paul’s Epistles with Richard Hays.”Concordia Theological Quarterly 70 (2006) 17-32.
“Baptismal Praxis and Mystical Experience in the Book of Revelation.” Paradise Now: Essays on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism, ed. April D. DeConick, 341-354. SBL Symposium Series 11. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006.
“Confronting Current Christological Controversies.”Concordia Theological Quarterly 69 (2005) 3-32.
Original Sin in the New Testament.” Concordia Journal 31 (2005) 359-375.
“The Real Presence of the Son Before Christ: Revisiting an Old Approach to Old Testament Christology.”Concordia Theological Quarterly 68 (2004) 103-126.
“Paul and the Law: Was Luther Right?”. The Law in Holy Scripture: Essays from the Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium, ed. Charles A. Gieschen, 113-147. St. Louis: Concordia Academic Press, 2004.
“Introduction”. The Law in Holy Scripture: Essays from the Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium, ed. Charles A. Gieschen, 13-18. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2004.
“Sacramental Theology in the Book of Revelation”.Concordia Theological Quarterly 67 (2003) 149-174.
“The Divine Name in Ante-Nicene Christology”. Vigiliae Christianae 57 (2003) 115-158.
(Contributor) “Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism: A Collage of Working Definitions”, ed. April D. DeConick.Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers 40 (2001) 278-304.
“Preaching Through the Seasons of the Church Year”. in Liturgical Preaching, ed. Paul J. Grime and Dean W. Nadasdy, 83-111. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2001.
“The Divine Name in Holy Baptism”. All Theology is Christology: Essays in Honor of David P. Scaer, ed. Dean O. Wenthe, William C. Weinrich, Arthur A. Just Jr., Daniel Gard, and Thomas L. Olson, 67-77. Fort Wayne: Concordia Theological Seminary Press, 2000.
“The Different Functions of a Similar Melchizedek Tradition in 2 Enoch and the Epistle to the Hebrews”. Early Christian Interpretation of the Scriptures of Israel: Investigations and Proposals, ed. Craig A. Evans and James A. Sanders, 364-379. Studies in Early Judaism and Christianity 5 and Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 148. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.
“The Seven Pillars of the World: Ideal Figure Lists in the Christology of the Pseudo-Clementines”. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 12 (1994) 47-82.
“The Angel of the Prophetic Spirit: Interpreting the Revelatory Experiences of the Shepherd of Hermas in Light of Mandate XI”. Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers33 (1994) 790-803.

Devotional Writings

“The Death of a Christian: Membership Loss or Transfer?” Concordia Theological Quarterly 73 (2009): 82.
“The Victorious Lamb Has Begun His Reign.” Concordia Pulpit Resources 17:2 (2007) 26-28 [Sermon Study on Revelation 5:1-14, Easter 3 Epistle, Series C].
“The Reassuring Presence of the Risen Christ.” Concordia Pulpit Resources 17:2 (2007) 23-25 [Sermon Study on Revelation 1:4-18, Easter 2 Epistle, Series C].
“Shepherds Formed by Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd.” For the Life of the World 10:4 (October 2006) 7-9.
“Rejoicing in the Hope.” Proceedings of the 2006 Convention of the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod [Convention Essay based upon Romans 5:1-2 delivered on 22-23 June 2006].
“We Believe, Teach, and Confess the Lord’s Supper.” Proceedings of the 2006 Convention of the Wyoming District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod [Convention Essay delivered on 4-6 May 2006].
“‘They Bear Witness to Me’: Christ, the Scriptures, and the New Curriculum.” For the Life of the World 9:3 (July 2005) 18-19.
“‘Who Do You Say That I Am?’: The Identity of Jesus in the New Testament”.For the Life of the World, 7:4 (October 2004) 4-6.
“The Sacraments: Forgiveness That You Can See and Touch!”. Thy Kingdom Come (Fall 2004) 1-2.
With Angels and Archangels: Worship in the Book of Revelation“. For the Life of the World (April 2003) 7-9.
Romans. Abiding Word Series. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2001.
Thus Says the Lord: The Study of Holy Scripture”.For the Life of the World (April 2001) 4-6.
“The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity”. Pilgrimage (January 2001) 1-2.
(Contributor) Readings: A Lectionary Study, Year C: Luke. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2000.
(Contributor) Readings: A Lectionary Study, Year B: Mark. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2000.
“At Home with the Catechism”. Lutheran Witness (August 1999) 14-15.
“Is There Any Way I Can Avoid Taking Greek?” Pilgrimage (May/June 1998) 1.
From Where Do Christian Children Come?” For the Life of the World (March 1998) 12-13.
“On the Nature and Purpose of Theological Education at CTS.” Reflections XI:1 (Advent 1996) 32-33. [Reflections is published by the Student Association of Concordia Theological Seminary].
“Curbing Back Door Losses Through Careful Instruction”. Affirm (June 1991) 29-31.
“Jesus: The Ulitimate ‘Miracle Baby'”. Lutheran Witness (December 1990) 17.