Etcetera - 03/22/12

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The Rev. Martin Lohrmann, a Walla Walla native and a pastor and teacher in Philadelphia, can now add author to his curriculum vitae. The 1995 Walla Walla High School alum just finished "Bugenhagen's Jonah," which examines Reformation history.

It's a study of commentary on the book of Jonah to see how people connected biblical interpretation with political and social reforms in the 16th century. It focuses on Johannes Bugenhagen, Martin Luther's pastor, coworker and friend.

Martin earned a bachelor's in 1999 from Valparaiso University; a master's of divinity in 2004 from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa; and a doctorate in religious history in 2010 from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

His doctoral dissertation focused on Johannes' commentary on Jonah, written in 1550. It explored many of Martin Lohrmann's favorite themes: church and state, war and peace, biblical interpretation and the Lutheran Reformation.

Lutheran University Press noted that "Bugenhagen's Jonah makes several significant contributions to Reformation studies. It is the first book published in English about Bugenhagen in over 80 years.

"It integrates diverse fields of study (including biblical interpretation, ecclesiology, worship, social reform and church history), draws upon the latest international scholarship, and translates original sources.

"Finally, the emphasis on Bugenhagen as a 'public theologian' highlights the relationship between faith and daily life for every age."

Pre-orders may be made online at www.lutheranupress.org/Books/Bugenhagens_Jonah. The book will be printed later this spring and sell for $30.

Pastor of the 151-year-old Christ Ascension Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Martin and wife Carrie live with children Hilde and Jonah in the Mt. Airy neighborhood.

He pastors a "Reconciling in Christ" congregation, meaning it welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning believers and their families. He enjoys playing music, especially when it's for good causes.

He is the son of Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge John and Linda Lohrmann of Walla Walla.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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