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Krodel, New Testament scholar, dies

Gerhard Krodel, 79, a theologian, pastor and educator who taught at three ELCA seminaries, died Aug. 28 in Gettysburg, Pa., after a long illness.

“Gerhard Krodel had an unrelenting passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Michael Cooper-White, president of the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg. “Imparting its message and equipping others to do so was his life’s work.”

Born in Liechtenstein, Germany, Krodel attended the University of Tübingen and the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg there, and Union Seminary in New York. He received a doctorate from the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg He first served as a parish pastor on Long Island, N.Y. He began a 40-year teaching career as a professor of classical languages and religion at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, from 1955 to 1958. He taught New Testament at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1958 to 1964; the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia from 1964-1977; and at Gettysburg Seminary, where he also served as the dean from 1977 to 1991. He retired in 1994 as the seminary’s Glatfelter Professor of Biblical Studies.

Krodel served on the International Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as on the National Council of Churches’ executive committee and commission on faith and order. He also served as president of the Lutheran Board for Mission Support, which collected funds to establish a Lutheran seminary in Russia.

Krodel authored many articles and books and edited “Proclamation Commentaries,” a widely used preaching resource from Fortress Press.


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