Benjamin B. Warfield Professor of
Medieval Church History
Department of History
Paul E. Rorem, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Benjamin B.
Warfield Professor of Medieval Church History, holds an M.Div. from Luther
Theological Seminary, an S.T.M. from The Lutheran Theological Seminary, and a
Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary. An ordained Lutheran minister, he is interested
in medieval church history and Pseudo-Dionysius. His courses cover the
confessions and influence of St. Augustine, the Christian mystical tradition,
medieval Christianity, and the spiritual and theological legacy of the
Pseudo-Dionysian writings. He is editor of Lutheran Quarterly and
Lutheran Quarterly Books
- Ph.D. summa cum laude, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, 1980, Church History, "Biblical and Liturgical Symbols in Pseudo-Dionysius"
- S.T.M., The Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, 1975
- M.Div., Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN, 1973
- B.A., St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1970
"Luther's Objection to the Eucharistic Prayer," The Cresset (Valparaiso University) 38.5 (1975): 12-16.
"The Place of The Mystical Theology in the Pseudo-Dionysian Corpus," Dionysius 4 (1980): 87-98.
"An Influence of Peter Lombard on the Biblical Hermeneutics of Thomas Aquinas," Rivista di Storia e Letteratura Religiosa 16 (1980): 429-434.
"Iamblichus and the Anagogical Method in Pseudo-Dionysian Liturgical Theology," Studia Patristica XVIII (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1982): 453-460.
"Canonical Hours," "Carnival," "Corpus Christi, Feast of," The Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (New York: Scribner's Sons, 1983): 66-67, 99, 608.
"Easter," The Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Vol. 4 (New York: Scribner's Sons, 1984): 364-368.
Biblical and Liturgical Symbols Within the Pseudo-Dionysian Synthesis (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1984) (Studies and Texts, 71).
"The Uplifting Spirituality of Pseudo-Dionysius," Christian Spirituality, Origins to the Twelfth Century (Volume 16 of World Spirituality), ed. B. McGinn, J. Meyendorff (New York: Crossroad, 1985): 132-151.
"Lent," The Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Vol. 7 (New York: Scribner's Sons, 1986): 541.
"Toward Liturgical Hermeneutics: Some Byzantine Examples," Currents in Theology and Mission 13 (1986): 346-353.
The Medieval Development of Liturgical Symbolism (Bramcote/Nottingham: Grove Books, 1986). (Grove Liturgical Study, 47).
Foreword, translation collaboration, notes, bibliography, and indices of The Complete Works of Pseudo-Dionysius (New York: Paulist Press, 1987). (Classics of Western Spirituality).
"Calvin and Bullinger on the Lord's Supper," Lutheran Quarterly 2 (1988): 155-184, 357-389. (Now in book form as Alcuin/GROW Liturgical Study 12 (1989).
"Moses as the Paradigm for the Liturgical Spirituality of Pseudo-Dionysius," Studia Patristica 18 (1989): 275-9.
"The Biblical Allusions and Overlooked Quotation in the Pseudo-Dionysian Corpus," Stuida Patristica 23 (1989): 61-5.
"Mission and Ministry in the Early Church: Bishop, Presbyter and Deacons, but..." Currents in Theology and Mission 17 (1990): 15-22.
Biblical Hermeneutics in Historical Perspective. Studies in Honor of Karlfried Froehlich on His Sixtieth Birthday. Co-edited with Mark S. Burrows. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991).
"The Filioque Issue in Protestant-Orthodox Dialogues," The Theological Review [Near East School of Theology, Beirut] 12 (1991): 63-80.
"'Procession and Return' in Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors," The Princeton Seminary Bulletin 12:2 (July 1992): 147-163.
Pseudo-Dionysius. A Commentary on the Texts and an Introduction to their Influence (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).
"John of Scythopolis on Apollinarian Christology and the Pseudo-Areopagite's True Identity," Church History 62 (1993): 469-482, with John C. Lamoreaux.
"The Consensus Tigurinus (1549): Did Calvin Compromise?" Calvinus Sacrae Theologiae Professor, ed. W. Neuser, 1990 International Congress on Calvin Research (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994), pp. 72-90.
"The end of All Offertory Processions," Dialog 35 (1996): 247-50.
"Love and Mother: Medieval Language for God and the Soul," in Women, Gender and Christian Community ed. Jane Dempsey Douglas and James Kay (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1997), pp. 46-54.
"The Doctrinal Conerns of John of Scythopolis, the First Dionysian Scholaist," in Denys l'Aréopagite et sa postérité en Orient et en Occident ed. Ysabel de Andia (Paris: Études Augustiniennes, 1997), 187-200.
"Martin Luther's Christocentric Critique of Pseudo-Dionysian Spirituality," Lutheran Quarterly 11 (Autumn, 1997): 291-307.
Editor of posthumous work by E. Theodore Bachmann, The United Lutheran Church in America 1918-1962 (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997).
John of Scythopolis and the Dionysian Corpus: Annotating the Areopagite, With John C. Lamoreaux (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998). (Oxford Early Christian Studies).
"Empathy and Evaluation in Medieval Church History and Pastoral Ministry: A Lutheran Reading of Pseudo-Dionysius," The Princeton Seminary Bulletin 19.2 (July 1998): 99-115.
"Dionysius the Areopagite." In Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World, ed. G. W. Bowersock, Peter Brown and Oleg Grabar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1999. pp. 410-1.
"Review Essay: Whole Histories of Mysticism (McGinn) and Preaching (Old)," Lutheran Quarterly 14 (2000) 213-14.
"Dionigi l' Areopagita." In Patralogia V: I Padri orientali (secoli V-VIII), ed. Angelo de Berardino. Genoa: Marietti, 2000. pp. 135-43.
"Augustine, the Medieval Theologians and the Reformation," in The Medieval Theologians, G.R. Evans (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), pp. 365-72.
"Saints Cyril and Methodius, Valentine's Day and True Love" (sermon), in Preaching 1 Corinthians 13, ed. Susan K. Hedahl and Richard Carlson (St. Louis: Chalice, 2001), 175-178.
"Augustine for and against 'Spirituality,'" inSpire (Winter, 2002): 12-13.
"Augustine and Luther for and against Contemporary 'Spirituality,'" Currents in Theology and Mission 30 (2003): 96-104.
"The Company of Medieval Women Theologians," Theology Today 60 (2003): 82-93.
"Christ as Cornerstone, Worm and Phoenix in Eriugena's Commentary on Dionysius," Dionysius 21 (2003): 183-96.
Eriugena's Commentary on the Dionysian "Celestial Hierarchy" (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2005). (Studies and Texts, 150).
Associate Editor, Lutheran Quarterly, 1992-1996.
Editor, Lutheran Quarterly, 1996-Present.
Editor, Lutheran Quarterly Books (Eerdmans), 2003-Present.