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Robert Bast

Associate Professor


Professor Robert Bast studies Christian culture in medieval and early modern Europe, with special interests in late-medieval and Reformation Germany. He earned his Ph.D. under Prof. Dr. Heiko A. Oberman at the University of Arizona’s Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, and spent two years as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He has been a recipient of some of the University of Tennessee’s highest honors, including the Jefferson Prize, the Faculty Academic Outreach Award, and the National Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching. In addition to his responsibilities at the University of Tennessee, since 2000 Dr. Bast has been Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious international monograph series Studies in the History of Christian Thought, Brill Academic Publishers.


Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1993

M.Div. Western Theological Seminary, 1984

B.A, Hope College, 1981

Selected Publications

  • “Constructing Protestant Identity: The Pastor as Prophet in Reformation Zurich”, in:Frömmigkeit – Theologie - Frömmigkeitstheologie. Contributions to European Church History. Ed. G. Litz, H. Munzert and R. Liebenberg (Brill 2005): 351ff.
  • The Reformation of Faith in the Context of Late Medieval Theology and Piety. Essays by Berndt Hamm. Ed. Robert Bast Brill, 2004.
  • Continuity and Change: The Harvest of Late-Medieval and Reformation History. Essays Presented to Heiko A. Oberman on his 70th Birthday. Ed. Robert J. Bast and Andrew Colin Gow. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2000.
  • Honor your Fathers: Catechisms and the Emergence of a Patriarchal Ideology in Germany, c. 1400-1600. Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought 71. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1997.
  • "Strategies of Communication: Late-Medieval Catechisms and the Passion Tradition."The Broken Body: Passion Devotion in Late-Medieval Culture. Ed. Alasdair MacDonald et al. Groningen: Egbert Forsten Press, 1998.
  • "From Two Kingdoms to Two Tables: The Ten Commandments and the Christian Magistrate." Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 89 (1998): 79-95.
  • "Honor your Fathers: Reform Movements, Catechisms and 'the Civilizing Process' in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany. Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift 21.4 (1995): 116-125.
  • "Je Geistlicher Je Blinder: Anticlericalism, Ethics and the Law in Luther's Sermons on Matthew 22:34-40." Anticlericalism in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ed. Peter Dykema and Heiko A. Oberman. Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought 51. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1993, 367-78.


Selected Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Academic Outreach Award, 2006.
  • The University of Tennessee Jefferson Prize, 2002
  • National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, 2001
  • James R. and Neill W. Cunnigham Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee, University of Tennessee, 2000
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Council of Basic Education, Humanities Scholars Program, 1999
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany, 1990-9

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