Charles A. Gieschen

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Charles A. Gieschen
Nationality American
Title Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Academics at Concordia Theological Seminary
Board member of Associate Editor of the journal Concordia Theological Quarterly
American Editorial Board of Henoch
Academic background
Education Princeton Theological Seminary, Concordia Theological Seminary
Alma mater University of Michigan (Ph.D.)
Thesis title Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence
Thesis year 1995
Influences Jarl Fossum, Gabriele Boccaccini
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies
Institutions Concordia Theological Seminary
Notable works The Law in Holy Scripture

Charles A. Gieschen is Christian theologian who currently serves as Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Academics at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His Ph.D. is from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan where he studied the literature of Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity under Jarl Fossum and Gabriele Boccaccini, and alongside April DeConick.[1] Gieschen's dissertation, entitled Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence, was published by Brill Academic Publishers in 1998.

He also holds a Master of Theology degree in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studied under James H. Charlesworth and Martinus de Boer,[1] and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the International Enoch seminar. He is the Associate Editor of the journal Concordia Theological Quarterly[2] and on the American Editorial Board of Henoch, a journal dealing with the literature of Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity.[3]

Gieschen teaches courses primarily in New Testament and is a specialist in early Christology. He is also an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, and served at Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Michigan from 1985–1996,[4] during which time he obtained his Ph.D.

Scholarly Publications[edit]


  • Gieschen, Charles A. (1984). The Hermeneutical Implications of Using Non-Canonical Literature in Biblical Interpretation (M.Div.). Ft. Wayne, IN: Concordia Theological Seminary. OCLC 11103886. 
  • ——— (1995). Angelomorphic Christology: antecedents and early evidence (Ph.D.). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan. OCLC 643882533. 


  • ——— (1998). Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence. Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums. 42. Leiden, Netherland: Brill. ISBN 978-9-0041-0840-0. OCLC 38014247.  - publication of PhD thesis
  • ———, ed. (2004). The Law in Holy Scripture. St Louis, MO: Concordia Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-758-60132-2. OCLC 57434558. 

Book chapters and journal articles[edit]

  • ——— (1994). "The Angel of the Prophetic Spirit: Interpreting the Revelatory Experiences of the Shepherd of Hermas in Light of Mandate XI". Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. 33: 790–803. 
  • ——— (1994). "The Seven Pillars of the World: Ideal Figure Lists in the Christology of the Pseudo-Clementines". Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha. 12: 47–82. [5]
  • ——— (1997). "The Different Functions of a Similar Melchizedek Tradition in 2 Enoch and the Epistle to the Hebrews". In Evans, Craig A.; Sanders, James A. Early Christian Interpretation of the Scriptures of Israel: Investigations and Proposals. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Supplement Series. 148. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press. ISBN 978-1850756798. 
  • ——— (2000). "The Divine Name in Holy Baptism". In Wenthe, Dean O.; Weinrich, William C.; Just Jr., Arthur A.; Gard, Daniel; Olson, Thomas L. All Theology is Christology: Essays in Honor of David P. Scaer. Fort Wayne, IN: Concordia Theological Seminary Press. 
  • ——— (2001). "Preaching Through the Seasons of the Church Year". In Grime, Paul J.; Nadasdy, Dean W. Liturgical Preaching: Contemporary Essays. St. Louis: MO: Concordia Publishing House. ISBN 978-0570042853. 
  • ——— (2001). DeConick, April D., ed. "Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism: A Collage of Working Definitions". Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. 40: 278–304. [6]
  • ——— (2003). "The Divine Name in Ante-Nicene Christology". Vigiliae Christianae. 57: 115–158. 
  • ——— (2003). "Sacramental Theology in the Book of Revelation". Concordia Theological Quarterly. 67: 149–174. [7]
  • ——— (2004). "Paul and the Law: Was Luther Right?". In Gieschen, Charles A. The Law in Holy Scripture. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. ISBN 978-0758601322. 
  • ——— (2004). "The Real Presence of the Son Before Christ: Revisiting an Old Approach to Old Testament Christology". Concordia Theological Quarterly. 68: 103–126. [8]
  • ——— (2005). "Original Sin in the New Testament". Concordia Journal. 31: 359–375. [9]
  • ——— (2005). "Confronting Current Christological Controversy". Concordia Theological Quarterly. 69: 3–32. [10]
  • ——— (2006). "Baptismal Praxis and Mystical Experience in the Book of Revelation". In DeConick, April D. Paradise Now: Essays on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism. Society of Biblical Literature, Symposium Series. 11. Atlanta, SC: Society of Biblical Literature. ISBN 978-1-589-83257-2. 
  • ——— (2006). "Listening to Intertextual Relationships in Paul's Epistles with Richard Hays". Concordia Theological Quarterly. 70: 17–32. [11]
  • ——— (2007). "The Lost Tomb of Jesus?". Concordia Theological Quarterly. 71: 199–200. 
  • ——— (2007). "The Name of the Son of Man in the Parables of Enoch". In Boccaccini, Gabriele. Enoch and the Messiah Son of Man: Revisiting the Book of Parables. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-80377-1. 
  • ——— (2007). "The Lamb (Not the Man) on the Divine Throne". In DeConick, April D.; Capes, David B.; Bond, Helen K.; Miller, Troy. Israel's God and Rebecca's Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity: Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado and Alan F. Segal. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. ISBN 978-1-602-58026-8. 
  • ——— (2008). "Christian Identity in Pagan Thessalonica: The Imitation of Paul's Cruciform Life". Concordia Theological Quarterly. 72: 3–18. [12]]
  • ——— (2008). "The Death of Jesus in the Gospel of John: Atonement for Sin?". Concordia Theological Quarterly. 72: 243–261. [13]
  • ——— (2009). "Why Was Jesus with the Wild Beasts (Mark 1:13)?". Concordia Theological Quarterly. 73: 77–80.