Feast of Daniel J. Simundson (January 28)   Leave a comment

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DANIEL J. SIMUNDSON (FEBRUARY 14, 1933-JANUARY 28, 2013)

U.S. Lutheran Minister and Biblical Scholar

Daniel J. Simundson comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The New Interpreter’s Bible, for which he wrote the introduction to and the commentary and reflections on Micah in Volume VII (1996).

Simundson, of Icelandic background, was a native of Seattle, Washington.  He, born on February 14, 1933, grew up in that city.  Our saint studied at Stanford University (B.A., 1955) and the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary, Maywood, Illinois (B.D., 1959).  He, ordained (presumably by the United Lutheran Church in America) in 1959, served as a pastor in Mendon, Illinois (presumably at Salem Lutheran Church), in 1959-1961.

Simundson usually worked beyond the parish level.  He was a hospital chaplain at the Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, Missouri (1961-1967).  After earning a doctorate from Harvard University in 1971, Simundson joined the faculty of Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1972.  He retired in 2003, after serving as Professor of Old Testament (1981-2003) and filling various deanships, as well as witnessing two institutional name changes (to Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in 1982 then to Luther Seminary in 1994).

Simundson was the husband of Sally for 38 years, until she died.  The couple had two daughters, Susan and Ann-Marie.

Our saint’s books included the following:

  1. Chosen:  The Story of God and His People (1976), with David L. Tiede;
  2. Where is God in My Suffering?  Biblical Responses to Seven Searching Questions (1984);
  3. Where is God in My Praying?  Biblical Responses to Eight Searching Questions (1986);
  4. Hope for All Seasons:  Biblical Expressions of Confidence in the Promises of God (1989);
  5. Faith Under Fire:  How the Bible Speaks to Us in Times of Suffering (1991);
  6. Faith Under Fire:  Leader’s Guide (1991);
  7. God, Evil, and Suffering:  Essays in Honor of Paul R. Sponheim (2000)–author of an essay;
  8. Renewing Hope:  Is There Room for Hope in a World Like This? (2001);
  9. The Message of Job:  A Theological Commentary (2001); and
  10. Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries:  Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (2005).

Simundson died in Roseville, Minnesota, on January 28, 2013.  He was 79 years old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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O God, you have endowed us with memory, reason, and skill.

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [Daniel J. Simundson and all others]

who have dedicated their lives to you and to the intellectual pursuits.

May we, like them, respect your gift of intelligence fully and to your glory.

In the Name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Psalm 103

Philippians 4:8-9

Mark 12:28-34

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHRODEGANG OF METZ, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDMUND KING, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF LINCOLN

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