Dec 16, 2008 Print This Article

Rossow Authors New Book

A new book, Gospel Patterns in Literature, authored by Dr. Francis Rossow, professor emeritus of practical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, was recently published by Lutheran University Press. 

Gospel Patterns in Literature explores 18 literary works in which Rossow has identified common Gospel themes. His thesis states that Gospel themes have become so familiar in society that they tend to work themselves into literature. Most often these themes come in the form of good versus evil (God versus Satan).

“The central event of history called the Gospel event (the Son of God’s incarnation, life, death, damnation, resurrection and salvation) has had so profound an impact on our world that it has spilled beyond the bounds chosen by God to convey it,” commented Rossow.

“This book is a perfect companion for anyone interested in reading great literature and also meditating on the heart of the Christian faith,” commented Dr. David Schmitt, associate professor of practical theology. “Rossow’s chapters offer clear and careful analysis of Gospel patterns in literature balanced with attention to literary form and style. Through his effort, Rossow helps readers appreciate the value of literature even as they contemplate matters of eternal worth.”

Rossow served as pastor of Crosby-Fortuna Lutheran Church, Wildrose, N.D. (1948-49); and pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Saginaw, Mich. (1949-59). He served as a professor of English (1959-76); a resident counselor (1961-75); and the acting dean (1975-76) at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. He also served as a professor of practical theology (1976-97) and director of worship (1976-77) at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. He retired from full time faculty in 1997. Rossow received the B.A. degree from Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1944); the M.Div. degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (1948); the M.A. degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. (1961); and the honorary Litt.D. degree from Christ College, Irvine, Calif. (1989).

Gospel Patterns in Literature may be purchased online at for $16 plus shipping.