Meet the Faculty

Eric D. Barreto

Eric D. Barreto

Associate Professor of New Testament


Eric Barreto joined Luther Seminary in July 2009. Prior to joining Luther Seminary, Barreto served in Atlanta as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology. He also gained experience teaching in Sankor, Ghana, through Coast for Christ Ministries. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant at Candler School of Theology and at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in Princeton, N.J.

Barreto was ordained into the Gospel Ministry by Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, in July, 2006. He holds a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University in Atlanta, and holds a Master of Divinity from PTS and a Bachelor of Arts in religion, magna cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.

Barreto has received numerous academic honors. His most recent include the ATS Lilly Faculty Fellowship, the Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award, the George W. Woodruff Fellowship, the Emory Minority Fellowship Grant, and several grants from the Hispanic Theological Initiative and the Fund for Theological Education. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and La Communidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion. He also serves on the boards of the Minnesota Council of Churches and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.

Barreto is the author of “Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16,” the co-author of “New Proclamation, Series C, Easter through Christ the King, 2013,” and the editor of “Reading Theologically.” He is a regular contributor to, the Huffington Post,, and He has also presented regularly at churches in the Twin Cities and nationally.

Featured Work

Reading Theologically

Reading Theologically

Fortress Press (July, 2014)

Reading is one of the basic skills a student needs. But reading is not just an activity of the eyes and the brain. Reading Theologically, edited by Eric D. Barreto, brings together eight seminary educators from a variety of backgrounds to explore what it means to be a reader in a seminary context—to read theologically. Reading theologically involves a specific mindset and posture towards texts and ideas, people and communities alike. Reading theologically is not just about academic skill building but about the formation of a ministerial leader who can engage scholarship critically, interpret Scripture and tradition faithfully, welcome different perspectives, and help lead others to do the same. This brief, readable, edited volume emphasizes the vital skills, habits, practices, and values involved in reading theologically. Reading Theologically is a vital resource for students beginning the seminary process and professors of introductory level seminary courses.

Reading Theologically


NT 0220 01BIBLICAL EXEGESIS FOR MINISTRY Summer Session 2014-2015

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 PRE-WORK BEGINS MAY 27, 2015. POST WORK ENDS JULY 10, 2015.

LG 0220 01NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Spring Semester 2014-2015

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.

SG 0702 50SCRIPTURE AND ITS WITNESSES - II Spring Semester 2014-2015

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. Prerequisite: SG0701 Scripture and Its Witnesses I (or OT1110 or NT1210-NT1213)