Paul Rorem

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Benjamin B. Warfield Professor of Medieval Church History
Department of History
22 Tennent Hall
Phone: 609.497.7998
Fax: 609.497.7829
Email: [email protected]

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.