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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.

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