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David E. Fredrickson

David E. Fredrickson

Professor of New Testament

  • M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Yale University)
  • Ordained (ELCA)
  • M.Div. (Luther Theological Seminary)

Biography

David Fredrickson joined the New Testament faculty at Luther Seminary in 1987 and was promoted to associate professor in 1992.

Ordained in 1980, he was associate pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wis., for the next three years.

Fredrickson received the B.A. degree from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in 1975 and the M.Div. degree from Luther Seminary in 1980. He then earned the M.A. and M.Phil. degrees from Yale University in 1985 and 1987, before finishing work on the Ph.D. degree in 1990.

He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

He has published several articles, including: "Human Sexuality and the Christian Faith," Resource (cassette tape), Augsburg Fortress, (1993); "Three Objections to Hamerton--Kelly's Interpretation of the Pauline Epistles," dialog, 32 (1993); "Free Speech in Pauline Political Theology," Word and World, 12 (1992); "Reading the New Testament," Augsburg Home Bible Study Series, Dec. 1992; and "Pentecost: Paul the Pastor in 2 Corinthians," Word & World, 11, (1991).

Courses

NT 0216 01GOSPELS - GOSPEL ACC TO MARK Summer Term 2018-2019

A detailed analysis of the Gospel according to Mark with special attention given to its literary coherence, narrative rhetoric, historical setting, and distinctive theological witness. To form and equip students as biblical interpreters, the course considers various interpretive traditions and explores what it means to read, teach, or preach Mark theologically.

LG 0220 01NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Spring Semester 2018-2019

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

NT 0240 50EPISTLES - PHIL AND 2 CORIN-ONLINE Spring Semester 2018-2019

A study of Paul’s writings to the Philippian and Corinthian churches. Attention is given to structure, use of language, coherence, and theology in their ancient settings and in contemporary understanding. Prerequisite: LG0220 New Testament Greek (M.Div. students can also take without prerequisite if choosing Spanish for Ministry language option instead of LG0220 New Testament Greek.)

LG 0220 50NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Fall Semester 2018-2019

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

LG 4225 01READING GREEK Fall Semester 2018-2019

Reading of selected passages from the Greek New Testament and cognate literature to improve students’ ability to translate fluently with the help of Bible software; identify how Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax are vital components of biblical interpretation; and communicate to others such exegetical insights in clear ways. The course also includes instruction in advanced concepts of Greek grammar and emphasizes knowledge of the most commonly occurring words in the Greek New Testament. This course may be taken more than once with different topics.

LG 4225 50READING GREEK Fall Semester 2018-2019

Reading of selected passages from the Greek New Testament and cognate literature to improve students’ ability to translate fluently with the help of Bible software; identify how Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax are vital components of biblical interpretation; and communicate to others such exegetical insights in clear ways. The course also includes instruction in advanced concepts of Greek grammar and emphasizes knowledge of the most commonly occurring words in the Greek New Testament. This course may be taken more than once with different topics.

LG 0220 50NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Summer Term 2017-2018

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed. PRE and POST work required.

NT 0216 01GOSPELS - GOSPEL ACC TO MARK Summer Term 2017-2018

A detailed analysis of the Gospel according to Mark with special attention given to its literary coherence, narrative rhetoric, historical setting, and distinctive theological witness. To form and equip students as biblical interpreters, the course considers various interpretive traditions and explores what it means to read, teach, or preach Mark theologically.

LG 0220 01NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Spring Semester 2017-2018

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

NT 1220 50ANCIENT EROTICS Spring Semester 2017-2018

How might the writers and readers of early Christian literature have conceptualized intimacy? And how might love have shaped their understandings of God, Christ, and the church? Particular attention will be given to the following topics: the ancient debate between philosophy and poetry over the advisability of falling in love; the physiology of emotion; Christian texts dealing with sex and marriage; patristic and medieval erotic readings of New Testament texts. This course will be taught on the basis on English translations of Greek and Latin texts.

LG 0220 50NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Fall Semester 2017-2018

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

NT 0254 01EPISTLES-GALATIANS AND PHILIPPIANS Fall Semester 2017-2018

A study of Paul's writings to the Philippian and Galatian churches. Attention is given to structure, use of language, coherence, and theology in their ancient settings and in contemporary understanding. Pre-requisite: LG0220 New Testament Greek Equivalency: NT0220 Biblical Exegesis or SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses II

NT 0220 01BIBLICAL EXEGESIS FOR MINISTRY Summer Term 2016-2017

Drawing on and continuing the work of the core curriculum's language instruction, this course provides instruction and gives practice in biblical exegesis and theological interpretation in ministerial contexts. Each class will focus on a single book of the Bible or several related biblical texts and will require regular translation assignments from an ancient biblical language. Prerequisite: LG0220 Biblical Greek FOCUS: I CORINTHIANS; FULFILLS PAULINE TRADITION REQUIREMENT

LG 0220 01NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Spring Semester 2016-2017

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

LG 0220 50NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Spring Semester 2016-2017

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

NT 1216 01THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK Spring Semester 2016-2017

A detailed analysis of the Gospel according to Mark with special attention given to its literary coherence, narrative rhetoric, historical setting, and distinctive theological witness. To form and equip students as biblical interpreters, the course considers various interpretive traditions and explores what it means to read, teach, or preach Mark theologically. Sections based on either Greek or English text.

LG 0220 01NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Fall Semester 2016-2017

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

LG 0220 50NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Fall Semester 2016-2017

An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

NT 0220 01BIBLICAL EXEGESIS FOR MINISTRY Fall Semester 2016-2017

Drawing on and continuing the work of the core curriculum's language instruction, this course provides instruction and gives practice in biblical exegesis and theological interpretation in ministerial contexts. Each class will focus on a single book of the Bible or several related biblical texts and will require regular translation assignments from an ancient biblical language. Prerequisite: LG0220 Biblical Greek FALL 2016 FOCUS: PHILIPPIANS & 2 COR. 1-7; MAY FULFILL PAULINE TRADITION IN DIST MODEL CURRICULUM

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