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A History of Luther Seminary: 1869-2019

A History of Luther Seminary: 1869-2019

Church historian and Luther faculty member Mark Granquist provides a new and comprehensive history of Luther Seminary just in time for the celebration of the institution's 150th anniversary (1869-2019). Luther Seminary today is the product of the merger of number of seminaries over time. Granquist's search of Luther's past will provide an inside look at how Lutheran ministry was defined and formed. The path runs through the early university system, Orthodoxy, Pietism, and Rationalism, as well as the formation of Mission schools, and the beginnings of Lutheran theological education in North America. Granquist explores the confessional Norwegian Synod as well as the pietist Haugean tradition--the two bookends or twin traditions that would define and eventually become Luther Seminary. Chapters 4-6 explore each primary strand that formed the history of Luther. Chapter 7 focuses on unification and merger, concluding with the ELCA merger in 1988. The final chapter looks at more recent history, including internal unification, the challenges faced by the ELCA, and the major shifts in theological education in the early 21st century. Includes a gallery of photos chronicling Luther's history.


  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506456621
  • eBook ISBN 9781506456638
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 256
  • Publication Date December 17, 2019

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Lutheran Tradition in theological Education 
Chapter 2: The Beginnings of Norwegian-American Theological Education 
Chapter 3: The Norwegian-American Center 
Chapter 4: The Union of 1917 and a United Luther Seminary, 1917-1963 
Chapter 5: Augsburg Seminary and the Free Church, 1897-1963 
Chapter 6: Northwestern Seminary and the ULCA Synod of the Northwest 
Chapter 7: Unification, 1963-1988 
Chapter 8: Shifting Parameters, 1988-2019