DEPARTMENT OF THEOLOGY

KENNETH HAGEN PAPERS

Abstract: Professional and student correspondence, teaching and lecture notes, college course, research, and personal materials by Dr. Kenneth Hagen.

Biographical Note: Kenneth George Hagen was born on July 2, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hagen attended Augsburg College, earning his bachelor of art degree in 1958. He entered Harvard Divinity School and then Harvard University to achieve his bachelor of sacred theology (STB) and doctoral degree in theology in 1961 and 1967 respectively. In 1967 Dr. Hagen came to Marquette as a visiting professor from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. The following year, he returned to Marquette as Assistant Professor, and later attained the positions of Associate Professor (1971-1983), Professor (1983-200), and Professor Emeritus (2001-). Dr. Hagen is an accomplished author and expert on the Reformation, especially Martin Luther’s biblical exegesis. In addition, he participated in official Lutheran/Roman Catholic theological dialogues for over a decade. Among his many publications are Luther’s Lectures on Hebrews in the Light of Medieval Commentaries on Hebrews, 1968; Foundations of Theology in the Continental Reformation: Questions of Authority, 1974; Luther’s Approach to Scripture as seen in his “Commentaries” on Galatians, 1519-1938,” 1993. Dr. Hagen was also editor of festschrifts for Heiko Oberman and George H. Tavard; Augustine, The Harvest, and Theology (1300-1650), 1990, and The Quadrilog: Tradition and the Future of Ecumenism, 1994, respectively.

Restrictions: Access to these records is unrestricted. However, the researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of these records. Consult an archivist for further information.

Scope and Content: This collection consists of Dr. Hagen’s professional correspondence, publications and research materials, course materials, and personal materials. Research materials center around Dr. Hagen’s work on Heiko Oberman and George H. Tavard’s festschrifts Augustine, The Harvest, and Theology (1300-1650), 1990, and The Quadrilog: Tradition and the Future of Ecumenism, 1994, respectively. Also included are various publications resulting from Dr. Hagen’s years of study in Norway, materials from professional organizations, and sermons and speeches. Dr. Hagen’s teaching records include syllabi, notes, and other course materials covering twenty-five years of teaching. Personal materials consist of family correspondence, curriculum vitae, and news clippings.

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