Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Dr. John Nordling

  • Professor of Exegetical Theology

(260) 452-3217


Dr. Nordling joined the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, faculty in 2006 and serves as professor of Exegetical Theology.

He is a graduate of Concordia University, Portland (A.A., 1977), Valparaiso University (B.A., 1980), and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., 1985). 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. He taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Valparaiso University (1994-1999) and in the Department of Classics at Baylor University (1999-2006).

Nordling 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 for the Concordia Commentary Series (Concordia Publishing House [CPH], 2004), Religion and Resistance in Early Judaism: Greek Readings in 1 Maccabees and Josephus (CPH, 2010) for the Concordia Peer Reviewed Series, and a number of academic articles on the Pauline epistles (Philemon, Philippians), slavery and social issues.

He has been married to Sara Anne Nordling since 1985.

Works of Note

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 pp. 363 + xxiii pages. ISBN: 0-7586-2667-3.
Philemon. Concordia Commentary Series. St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 2004, pp. 379 + liii. ISBN:0-7586-0272-3.


Articles In Developement

 “Ancient Greek, Philosophy and Modern Alumni Relations,” in James Kellerman et alii, eds. (will be turned over to Brill for publication in the SMRT = Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions by 15 October 2019).
“Nugatory Nonsense: Why Luther Rarely Cites Catullus,” in James Kellerman, et alii, eds. (will be turned over to Brill for publication in the SMRT = Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions by 15 October 2019).  


Scholarly Articles

(Downloads of most of these articles are available below)

“Communion at Philippi.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 82.3-4 (July/October 2018) 179-195.
“Luther’s Contributions to Commentary Writing: Philemon as a Test Case.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 81.1-2 (January/April 2017) 19-36.
“Slaves to God, Slaves to One Another: Testing an Idea Biblically.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 80.3-4 (July/October 2016) 231-250.
“Does Ephesians 5:21: Support Mutual Submission?” Logia 24.4 (Reformation 2015) 19-28.
“Classical Allusions in a Piece by Philipp Melanchthon,”in James A. Kellerman and Carl P.E. Springer, eds., Ad Fontes Witebergenses (Fort Wayne, IN: Lutheran Legacy, 2014) 209-219.
“Ephesians 5:21: ‘Submitting to One Another out of Reverence for Christ,’” Concordia Theological Quarterly77.3-4 (July/October 2013) 327-334.
“Teaching Greek at the Seminary,” Logia 21.2 (Eastertide 2012) pp. 69-75.
“Philemon in the Context of Paul’s Travels.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 74.2-3 (July/October 2010) pp. 289-305.
“The Paideia of the LORD: Teaching the Person, Not just the Mind,” Logia 19.4 (Reformation 2010) pp. 35-42.
“Some Matters Favoring the Runaway Slave Hypothesis in Philemon” Neotestamentica 44.1 (2010) pp. 85-121.
“Latin Lives On.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 74.1-2 (January/April 2010) 161.
“A Response to Jeffrey Kloha’s Study of the Trans-Congregational Church.” Concordia Theological Quarterly73.3 (July 2009) pp. 270-75.
“A More Positive View of Slavery: Establishing Servile Identity in the Earliest Congregations.”Bulletin for Biblical Research 19.1 (2009) pp. 63-84.
“Slavery and Vocation.” Lutheran Forum 42.2 (Summer 2008) pp. 12-17.
“The Gospel in Philemon.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 71.1 (January 2007) pp. 71-83.
“The Catechism: The Heart of the Reformation.” Logia 16.4 (Reformation 2007) pp. 5-13.
“Caesar’s Pre-Battle Speech at Pharsalus (B.C. 3.85.4): ridiculum acri fortius… secat res.” Classical Journal101.2 (December-January 2005/06) pp. 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) pp. 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) pp. 201-220.
“Large Catechism III, 66, Latin Version.” Concordia Journal 29.3 (July 2003) pp. 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) pp. 39-43.
“Christ Leavens Culture: St. Paul on Slavery.” Concordia Journal 24 (1998) pp. 43-52.
Onesimus Fugitivus: a Defense of the Runaway Slave Hypothesis in Philemon.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 41 (1991) pp. 97-119; republished in C.E. Evans and S.E. Porter, eds., New Testament Backgrounds (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997) pp. 263-283.


Devotional Writings

“A Devotion on Luke 18:1-8.” Theological Observer. CTQ 79 (2015) 347-350.
“Losing One’s Fear of Greek.” Pilgrimage 14.2 (Summer 2011) 1-2.
“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) pp. 28-29.
“Bible Shows no Evidence to Support Homosexuality.” The Journal Gazette (Saturday, May 26, 2007) p. 2C.
“The Prayer that Jesus Gave” For the Life of the World 3 (April 1999) pp. 6-7.
“The Pastoral Office is Not an Option.” Journal of English District Pastors 8 (Spring/Summer 1996) pp. 4-7.
“The Ph.D. in the Parish.” Logia 4.4 (1995) pp. 88-91.