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Gustav Marius Bruce


Gustav Marius Bruce, Norwegian theologian.


Bruce, Gustav Marius was born on February 11, 1879 in Oslo, Norway. Son of Erik Larson Brunsholdt and Anne Bolette (Anderson) Bruce.


Brought by parents to the United States, 1884. B.Pd. and Bachelor of Science, Fremont (Nebraska) College and Normal School, 1904. Candidate of theology, Red Wing (Minnesota) Seminary, 1905.

Bachelor of Arts, University of South Dakot, 1907. A.M., 1909; Bachelor of Divinity, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1914, S.T.D., 1916. Doctor of Philosophy., Hartford Seminary Foundation, Hartford, Connecticut, 1927.

Doctor of Divinity, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Chicago, 1928.


Augusta. Teacher, Jewell (Iowa) College, 1905-1906. Ordained ministry Lutheran Church, 1906. Pastor Hooker and Dell Rapids, South Dakot, 1906-1910, Pontiac, Illinois, 1911.

Professor practical theology, Red Wing Seminary, 1911-1917, professor New Testament symbolics and ethics, Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, 1917-1919. Vice president Luther Theological Seminary, 1944-1949. now professor emeritus. Editor and publisher Lutheran Intelligencer, 1911-1914.

Editor Little Folks, weekly S.S. paper, 1922-1931, Lutheran Teacher, 1926-1931, Journal of Theology of America Luth Conference, 1940-1941. Member board directors Ministers Life & Casualty Union from 1924, vice president, 1940-1946, president 1946-1950.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Folkekalenderen, 1916. Contributor religious and secular press both in English and Norweigian.


Member of the board of directors of English work, Hauge’s Synod, 1912-1914. Member commission on Church Union, 1916-1917. Member B.d Elementary Christian Education, 1920-1930.

Member Association Nordmanns Forbundet (International League of Norsemen). Member Norwegian-American History Society. Member commission on social trends, National Lutheran Council, 1935-1945.

Member Commision on Social Relations, American Lutheran Conference 1934-1946. Member of the Academy of Political and Social Science.


Married Minnie Jensen, August 27, 1902.

Erik Larson Brunsholdt Bruce

Anne Bolette (Anderson) Bruce

Minnie Jensen