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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)


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).


LG 0220 01NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Spring Semester 2015-2016

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 3215 01GOSPEL AND EPISTLES OF JOHN January Term 2015-2016

This study of John’s gospel and epistles equips students to become effective readers, teachers, and preachers of these texts. The first phase of the course focuses on reading and interpreting John’s gospel with attention to its literary characteristics, theological dimensions, cultural context, and implications for Christian witness. The second phase explores creative ways to teach John’s gospel, as students prepare studies that can be used in various ministry settings. The third phase considers ways that John’s gospel and epistles engage contemporary listeners through preaching, worship, and other settings. PRE-WORK REQUIREMENTS BEGIN JANUARY 2, 2016.

NT 0220 01BIBLICAL EXEGESIS FOR MINISTRY Fall Semester 2015-2016

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 2015 FOCUS: 2 CORINTHIANS; FULFILLS PAULINE TRADITION

NT 1220 01 F6ANCIENT EROTICS Fall Semester 2015-2016

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.

SG 0701 01SCRIPTURE AND ITS WITNESSES - I Fall Semester 2015-2016

An inquiry into the Old and New Testaments as Christian scripture and the Bible's multiple ways of presenting the nature of God and God's commitments to the world and its peoples. Students develop a nuanced outlook of the Bible as a whole as they gain experience identifying how several theological ideas receive different expression in the scriptures at different times in the history of Israel and the church. Small discussion groups provide weekly opportunities to interpret several books from the Old and New Testaments in greater depth while attending to those books' connections to other parts of scripture. Students consider how they lead others in making sense of the Bible in light of their current realities and for the sake of exploring and articulating their Christian faith. The course brings students' cultural contexts into conversation with the Bible and emphasizes how understanding the Bible requires them to engage other biblical interpreters as essential conversation partners. FULFILLS OT1110 OR NT1210-13

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