Sherman, Franklin

Dr. Franklin Sherman was the English Language Editor and Managing Editor of this web site from 2002 to 2007. He received his B.A. from Muhlenberg College, his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He began his teaching career at the University of Iowa, then served as Tutor and Dean of Lutheran Students at Mansfield College, Oxford, England, and for 23 years was Professor of Christian Ethics at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, where he also served as Director of Graduate Studies and Dean. From 1989 to 1996, he was Director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding of Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Pennsylvania). From 1996 to 2006, he served as Associate for Interfaith Relations with the Department for Ecumenical Affairs of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Dr. Sherman has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies in Bossey, Switzerland, the Irish School of Ecumenics (Dublin), Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary (Tokyo), and the University of Zimbabwe (Harare). He has spent periods of research in Israel at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies and the Shalom Hartman Institute. He has written numerous articles, essays, and reviews in the field of theology, ethics, and Christian-Jewish relations, and edited the volume of Luther?s Works: American Edition containing Luther?s writings on the Jews. In 1999 he served on a panel of scholars reviewing the text of the Oberammergau Passion Play for prejudice and stereotypes.  He has participated in Christian-Jewish dialogues at the local, national, and international levels, and served for 15 years as chair of the Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Jewish Relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. At the Fifteenth National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations held in Stamford, Connecticut, he was presented with an award recognizing his lifetime contributions in this field.