The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Theologian Danker dies

Frederick W. Danker, 91, Christ Seminary-Seminex professor emeritus of New Testament, died Feb. 2.

For 20 years he taught at Concordia, a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod seminary in St. Louis. In 1974, Danker and his brother, William, were among 45 others fired from Concordia in a controversy over biblical interpretation.

He became a professor of Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis until he was deployed to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Known as one of the world's premier classicists and Greek lexicographers, he was the editor of A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature and The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (University of Chicago Press).


Larry Lepper

Larry Lepper

Posted at 9:55 pm (U.S. Eastern) 4/2/2012

Dr. Danker was an important part of my life. I was involved in the D. Min. program at Seminex, including friendships I gained with pastors of the ELCA and tne LC-MS. Probably the most importance for me was my involvement with Dr. Danker and his knowledge of the NT. His gift that he was willing to share has meant a great deal to me!

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