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The Lutherische Theologische Hochschule (Lutheran Theological Seminary) of the Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (SELK, the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church) located in Oberursel, Germany, has partnered with the seminaries of the LCMS to provide theological training for pastors. In celebration of Martin Luther’s Birthday, the German seminary also hosts an annual symposium called “dies Academicus,” during which they invite a number of theologians from around the world to share papers on a specific theme. This year’s theme was “Listening to God’s Word-Exegetical Approaches.” Previous themes have included Mission and Apartheid (2011) and Biblical Hermeneutics of the SELK (2012). The Lutherische Theologische Hochschule hosted around 70 theologians and students from Europe, South America, South Africa and a large contingent from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
The three-day event took place November 7-9, 2013, and featured the presentation of a number of papers followed by a rebuttal to each. Presenters from Concordia Seminary included: Rev. Dr. David Adams, Rev. Dr. James Voelz, Rev. Dr. Timothy Saleska, Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kloha and Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb. Presenters from the SELK included: Rev. Dr. Jorg Salzman, Rev. Dr. Achim Behrens and Rev. Dr. Dieter Reinstorf. A publication of the papers from this symposium and edited by Dr. Jorg Salzmann is planned for 2014. The larger group also divided into three smaller groups for more intensive discussion on each of the papers. This symposium and others like it around the world help strengthen church partnerships and unify theological education around the world.
- You can read about previous “dies Academicus” events here.
- Stay tuned to the Eurasia Blog for information about the forthcoming publication of the papers.
- Pray that events like this would continue to foster discussion among partner church bodies so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be proclaimed in all the world clearly and boldly.