Pr. Peter D. S. Krey, M.Div., Ph.D.
Born in Erfurt, Germany
Married Nora Zapata of Bogota, Colombia
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Love Poems for your Valentine
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Instead of chocolates, why not buy some poetic confections for your valentine? This collection of poems contains nuggets from the treasure trove of chivalrous Medieval love poetry. Believe it or not, many of these poems, from the Carmina Burana, were found in a Benedictine monastery! Some of the poems are also written by knights. Such poetry eventually developed into our modern conception of romance. Some of them are also mine.
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These Medieval Love Poems are from the German:
Three Versions of „du bist mein, ich bin dein“:
You are mine, I am yours.
You can be sure it’s true.
Into my heart, I’ve gotten you,
Locked its lock,
Lost the key,
So you’ll never get back out, you see.
I love you, you love me.
We’re in each other’s hearts, you see.
So let’s lock the lock,
Throw away the key,
So we belong to each other eternally.
In Shakespearean English
Thou art mine, I am thine!
Certain of this, thou must be.
Locked thou art
within mine heart.
Lost is the key,
Thou must therein forever be.
Here’s the Love Poem transposed into modern German:
Du bist mein, ich bin dein.
Des sollst du gewiss sein.
Du bist verschlossen
in meinem Herzen;
Verloren ist das Schlüsselein.
Du musst immer drinne sein.
If this Whole Wide World Were Mine
If this whole wide world were mine,
I’d give it up any time,
My queen of charms,
Just to have you in my arms.
Translated from old German (ca.1050-ca.1450)
Were this whole world mine
From the great sea to the Rhine
I’d leave it without qualms,
if only the queen of England
were in my arms.
Could this have been for
Eleanor of Aquitaine or of Poitiers?
In modern German:
Wär alle Welt mein,
vom Mär bis an den Rhein,
des wolt ich keineswegs ersparen,
so nur die Königin von England
würde liegen in meinen Armen.
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Justification is not by Race — Luther’s Theology and a Biblical Basis for Antiracism (Also available as a PDF)
Martin Luther and Theologia Germanica and
the Philosophical Influence of Boethius
Part 2: Luther and The Niebuhr Brothers
Part 3: Apologists for Luther’s Theology and the Two Kingdom Theory
Part 4: The Great Peasants War: A Little Known Story
Opening a Psalm and Exploring Psalm Therapy
The opening up of a Psalm can be a powerful therapeutic experience for a person in distress. Oftentimes the reader is helped, when he/she reads the Psalm aloud. But it is not merely the oral recital of a Psalm that reaches a person, of course, but the possibility of a certain oneness [in the distress experienced] by the
reader and Psalm writer, or writers if others have added their brush strokes to the Psalm. Given a certain person, a Psalm can awaken a helpful feeling in him or her, putting a person’s dilemma into so many words. In such a way, what brought comfort, catharsis, or celebration to the vibrant and living person of antiquity could touch a person these many centuries later, break a negative pattern, and open up a new perspective for his or her situation or way of life.
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Luther and the 28 Articles of Erfurt
The Great German Peasants’ War: a Social-Linguistic Approach
What Happened to the Reformation?
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1992-01 Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, California: History of Christianity
Doctor of Philosophy, May 10th 2001
Dissertation: Sword of the Spirit, Sword of Iron: Word of God, Scripture, Gospel, and Law in Luther’s Most Often Published Pamphlets 1520-1525
Doctoral Committee: Prof. Christopher Ocker, Chair,
San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California
Prof. Thomas A. Brady, Jr., University of California at Berkeley
^Prof. Timothy Lull, Pres., Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
The first part of this dissertation contains bibliographical research results regarding Martin Luther’s best-selling pamphlets. In part two Luther is studied as a pamphlet writer, and the four themes of the title are traced through his most often published pamphlets, arguing that Luther carves out an inward realm of Christian freedom that promotes a sense of self and social agency, which stress spontaneity and freedom against what Luther perceived as a juridical or even legalistic ethos of the church of his day.
(During the research for this study, I discovered that much more was involved than a “juridical or even legalistic ethos.” Two ecclesiastical court systems existed when Luther committed the canon law to the flames on December 10th 1520. The church’s legislation through these powerful courts allowed it to rule by law with complete jurisdiction over some people and some jurisdiction over all people of that day.)
Five Comprehensive Examinations Areas
1. Early Church: Origen, Council of Chalcedon, Monasticism 2. Modern Church History: Non-Western, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Vatican I and Vatican II, Christianity in Latin America andCapitalism with a Human Face for Community
3. Martin Luther, Early Modern Europe, and the Reformation 4. Research Paper for Oral Examination: The Peasants’ War and the Word of God, the Failed Popular Reformation of 1525: a Social Linguistic Approach (passed 5/13/97)
5. Luther and the Peasants’ War: Twentieth Century Debate
Before my Ph.D. Graduate Studies
1967-71 Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University Springfield, Ohio M.Div. Degree
1962-67 Northeastern University, Boston, Mass B.A. Degree with High Honor Cooperative five year Work-Study Program, with English Teaching Certificate
1958-62 Haverhill and Wilmington High Schools, Massachusetts (Valedictorian)
Other Educational experiences without degrees
1990-92 Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
1973-75 Free University, Berlin, Germany (Helmut Gollwitzer)
1970 Clinical Pastoral Education in Los Angeles
1968-69 and 1976 Inner-city Ministry Training First Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio under the Rev. Leslie C. Schulz, D.D.
Worship Song Book and CD: 12 Songs with 15 tracks on the CD, Self-Published and available for purchase. (I’m a trumpet player and have composed about 65 songs.)
Luther’s Spirituality: with Dr. Philip Krey, (New York: Paulist Press, March 2007).
“Luther’s In Depth Theology and Theological Therapy,” SeminaryRidge Review vol. 11 No. 1-2 (Autumn 2008-Spring 2009): 97-115.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Berlin (1932-1933) Vol. 12, First translator: the Definitive English Edition of Bonhoeffer’s Works.
Reformation Commentary on Romans, chapters 9-16, InterVarsity Press, projected for 2013.
Word of God, Theology of the Cross, and the Language of God: Luther’s Commentary on the Joseph Narratives. Augsburg Fortress, hopefully.
Classical languages: Latin, Greek, and Hebrew / Modern Languages: German: fluent, French in college and graduate school and Spanish in ten years of ministry.
Professional Academic Experience
Gettysburg Symposium Luther Lecture: “Luther’s In-depth Theology and the Possibility of Theological Therapy” (10/29/2008)
Instructor, Philadelphia Community College, 2007: History of Western Civilization, Part II, Instructor, Diablo Valley College, 2004-2006: Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy Part I and II; and Introduction to Philosophy / Instructor, Vista, Alameda, Laney Community Colleges, 2002-2006: Human Values/ Ethics and Introduction to Philosophy Belief and Believers: Comparative Religions / Instructor, Los Medanos Community College, 2001-2006: Introduction to Philosophy, Honors Comparative Religions, Ethical Inquiry into Contemporary Societal Issues, and Critical Thinking/ Logic
Lecture Series, Concept 2000, Four Lectures, San Jose, CA, 1997, “Language and Social Change”
Teaching Assistant, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Introductory Theology for Pres. Timothy Lull, 1994-1998 and for Advanced Luther Readings for Prof. Robert Goeser, 1995-2000
June 1, 1996 Emil Durkheim’s Sociology (for Robert Bellah)
Spring, 1996 Robert Bellah’s Sociology of Religion Lectures Edited and Annotated by Peter Krey
May 6, 1996 “Performative Declarations” (for John Searle)
May 9, 1995 Hegel and the Trinity: Does the Immanent Trinity Precede the Economic Trinity in Hegel? (for Claude Welch)
Dec. 9, 1993 Book Reviews: Carlos M.N. Eire, War Against the Idols and Miri Rubin, Corpus Christi: the Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture
Dec. 30, 1993 Body and Word: Luther’s Eucharistic Language (for Christopher Ocker)
Summer, 1993 “Shinran, the Japanese ‘Luther’ of Pureland Buddhism” (a lecture)
June 6, 1993 Theology of the Word, the Cross, and Language: Luther’s Last Lectures on the Joseph Narratives in Genesis (for Robert Goeser)
Nov. 27, 1992 “Martin Luther, the 28 Articles of Erfurt and the Communal Reformation” (for Peter Blickle)
Some of my Pre-Graduate Unpublished Work
April 15, 1990 Luther, the Peasants’ War, and the Niebuhr Brothers
April-May, 1985 Dating the Exodus via Archeological Discoveries
American Academy of Religion / American Historical Association /American Society of Church History
Previous Professional Experience
2008-10 Co-Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Oakland, CA
2006-08 Pastor of Old Zion Church, Philadelphia, PA: Historical mother church reorganized in 1742 by Henry Melchior Muhlenberg
2002-05 Interim Pastor Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Oakland, CA
1997-01 Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA
1994-96 Interim Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Oakland
1992-93 Interim Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, El Cerrito
1976-92 Pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York: Inner-City Ministry / 1978-91 Directed 14 Vacation Church School Day Camp Programs, as well as one week Leadership Training Laboratories / 1998-00 also 3 VCS programs for St. Johns in East Oakland, CA / 1978-88 Spanish language Services / 1980-92 Mentally Challenged Ministry / 1976 Inner-city training (Pastor Leslie C. Schulz, D.D.)
1975-76 Ecumenical Pilgrimage: Israel, India, Southeast Asia Mother Theresa in Calcutta, Ebu Gedong, Bali, Pres. Tanaka of the Ev. Lutheran Church in Japan
1972-75 Hendrik Kraemer House, an Ecumenical Institute under Domina Bé Rhuys of the Netherlands
1975 ORDINATION by Bishop D. Kurt Scharf (March 2, 1975) Bishop of the Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
1974-75 Interim Pastor at St. Ann’s in Dahlem-Berlin in the pulpit of Martin Niemöller, famous U-Boat Captain and Pastor of the Resistance
1971-73 Vikar at St. Philip’s (Philippusgemeinde) in Berlin-Friedenau / 1971-73 Eastern Messenger and Fraternal Worker for the Evangelical Church of Germany in Berlin, Lutheran World Federation under LWF Berlin Representative the Rev. Dr. Paul Wee