Herman C. Waetjen


Herman C. Waetjen received his Doktor der Theologie from the University of Tübingen in 1958. His writings in biblical scholarship include four books: The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple: A Work in Two Editions (T&T Clark International, 2005), Praying the Lord's Prayer: An Ageless Prayer for Today (Trinity Press International, 1999), A Reordering of Power: A Socio-Political Reading of Mark's Gospel (Fortress Press, 1989), and The Origin and Destiny of Humanness, a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (Crystal Press, 1976). He also has contributed articles and essays to numerous journals, as well as exegetical resource material to the New Proclamation, Year A, 2004-2005 (Fortress Press, 2004).

After 3 years at the School of Religion at University of Southern California, he became Professor of New Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he taught for 34 years. From the early 1970s, his interest in the issues facing the developing world drew him into regular periods as a visiting scholar and professor at several African institutions of higher learning: the University of Nairobi, Kenya (1972-73); Federal Theological Seminary in Edendale, South Africa (1979-80); the University of Zimbabwe (1986-87); and the University of Namibia (1993-94). He also taught briefly in South Korea and Russia.

Retiring in 1996 as the Robert S. Dollar Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Herman continues to teach and write. He resides in San Anselmo, California with his wife Mary.