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Dr. R. David Nelson

Adjunct Professor of Theology, North American Lutheran Seminary
Senior Acquisitions Editor, Baker Publishing Group
Editor, Lutheran Forum

PhD, University of Aberdeen
MDiv, Beeson Divinity School
BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Selected Books by Dr. R. David Nelson

This volume offers an up-to-date introduction to Eberhard Jüngel’s intellectual formation, publications and influence. R. David Nelson guides the reader through the figures, movements and conceptual developments in the background of Jüngel’s thought, introduces Jüngel’s major monographs and key essays, and assesses a number of themes prominent in Jüngel’s theology.


This volume contains the eighth annual Braaten-Benne lectures, given at a theological conference sponsored by the North American Lutheran Church on August 8 and 9 in 2017. These 2017 lectures complete a two-year sequence of presentations on Christology, divided between the person and work of Christ. Familiar themes at the heart of Christian theology abound in these papers: the centrality of the cross and resurrection for Christian faith and practice, the nature of Christ’s atoning work, and the relationship between the Old and New Testaments.


This study summarizes and evaluates, through a close reading of primary and secondary source materials, Eberhard Jüngel’s approach to the problem of sacrament. R. David Nelson considers Jüngel’s claim that the word of God functions sacramentally as it addresses its hearer and analyses his assertion that Jesus Christ is the unique and preeminent sacrament of God for the world. Progressing to an exploration of Jüngel’s ecclesiology, Nelson reveals Jüngel’s interesting approach to the question of the church’s sacramentality. The volume concludes with an investigation into Jüngel’s doctrines of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.