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Mark Hillmer

Mark Hillmer

Louise Grunow Professor Emeritus of Old Testament

  • Ph.D. (Hebrew Union College and University of Heidelberg)
  • M.Div. (Concordia Seminary)
  • Ordained (ELCA)
  • M.A. (University of Wisconsin)


Mark Hillmer joined the Luther Seminary faculty as associate professor in 1967 and was named the Louise Grunow Professor of Old Testament in 1982.

Ordained in 1964, Hillmer was assistant pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Cincinnati from 1963 to 1977. While there, he was visiting assistant professor of religion at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Ill. He was assistant professor of religion at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. (1966-67).

Hillmer has done archaeological field work in Caesarea, Tel Dan, and Taanach. He was visiting professor at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn., during the summers of 1970 and 1971.

He is a member of the Catholic Bible Society, and from 1976-1977, he was a member of the Lutheran Council USA Consultation on the Holy Spirit.

He received the B.A. degree from Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., in 1957, and the B.D. degree from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Ill., in 1962. He earned the M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 and the Ph.D. degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, in 1966. He has also studied at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and the University of Heidelberg, where he was a Fulbright scholar.

He contributed Ezekiel notes to the New International Version Study Bible in 1985, and Ezekiel, Minor Prophets, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes to the New International Version Reference Edition in 1983. He was a translation team member for Ruth, Malachi, and Ecclesiastes in the New International Version in 1978.

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