Ernst Tonsing, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion and Greek (Retired)

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  • Meet Amelia Earhart - My Cousin (Illus.)

  • Interpreting Icons (Illus.)

  • Stave Churches: Scandinavia's Remarkable Contribution to World Art (Illus.)

  • The Earliest Christian Art (Illus.)

  • The Wonderous Sea-Steeds of the Vikings (Illus.)

  • Those Mysterious Rune Stones (Illus.)

  • When Sky Became Flowers and Jonah A Swede: The Unique Wall Paintings of Rural Sweden (Illus.)

  • Martin Luther: A Celebration of His Life

  • Martin Luther and the Arts

  • Martin Luther: Career of the Reformer

  • The Life and 'Lives' of Jesus

  • Of Gods, Goddesses and Demigods: The Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • The Augsburg Confession: A Celebration

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: Their mysteries Explained

  • From Scandinavia to Jerusalem: A Modern Epic

  • The Vikings: What Did They Look Like? The Literary and Archaeological Evidence (Illus.)

Known affectionately on campus as "the Tons," Dr. Tonsing served as an officer in the United States Navy and as a Lutheran pastor before returning to graduate school to study early Christian literature and art. He lectures widely on subjects such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Synoptic Gospels, early Christian art and Martin Luther and conducts research and Interim Study Tours. Dr. Tonsing has edited several books and published a number of articles. He is a member of several professional organizations and enjoys photography and playing the organ and harpsichord.