Günter Wagner, born 5 July 1928 in Jüterborg, Germany, studied theology in Hamburg and in Zurich, where he received a doctoral degree in 1960. From 1956 till 1958 he was employed as research assistant and representative of the German Free Churches at the Ecumenical Centre of the «Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen» in Frankfurt. In 1958 he was appointed as instructor for New Testament Studies at the Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon, continuing as associate professor (1961), and professor of New Testament Studies (1965) for 35 years until his retirement in 1993.
Günter Wagner is a member of numerous ecumenical committees and societies for biblical studies, and has taught as visiting professor and lecturer in Europe, America, and Africa. He is editor of «Exegetical Bibliographies» and co-editor of the book series «Die Kirchen der Welt» and the ecumenical journal
Una Sancta; he served on the editorial board of the exegetical journal «New Testament Studies». His publications of articles in biblical and exegetical journals and particularly his book on «Pauline Baptism and Pagan Mysteries» have established his scholarly reputation worldwide.