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Mark A. Throntveit

Mark A. Throntveit

Professor and Elva B. Lovell Chair of Old Testament

  • Ph.D. (Union Theological Seminary)
  • Ordained (ELCA)
  • M.Div. (Luther Theological Seminary)


Mark Throntveit joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 1981 and was named associate professor of Old Testament in 1987. He was promoted to full professor in 1996. He was adjunct professor of Bible at Augsburg College in the spring of 1991 and adjunct professor of Old Testament at St. Thomas University from 1991-1998.

He was a teaching fellow in Hebrew at Union Theological Seminary in 1979-81, and had been a teaching assistant in New Testament exegesis at the Presbyterian School for Christian Education in 1979-80.

Ordained in 1975, Throntveit was associate pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater, Wis., until 1978.

He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where he has been a member of the steering committee for the Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah consultation (1984-1986), group (1986-91), and section (1991-present). He continues as Regional Coordinator of the Upper Midwest Region, a position he has held since 1996.

Throntveit received a B.A. degree with departmental honors in religion from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., in 1971. He received an AAL scholarship to attend Luther Seminary where he earned the M.Div. degree and the G.M. and Minnie Bruce Award in New Testament in 1975. He received the James A. Jones Memorial Fellowship for study at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia where he received the Ph.D. degree in 1982. He has also studied at Cambridge in England.

His books include: The NIV Learning Bible, (The American Bible Society.2003); "1 & 2 Chronicles," The New Interpreter's Study Bible, (Abingdon, 2003);  "1 & 2 Chronicles," Harper's Bible Commentary, (HarperCollins, 2000); The CEV Learning Bible, (The American Bible Society, 2000); Ezra-Nehemiah, Interpretation Commentaries (1992); Exploring the Yearly Lectionary Series A (1991) and When Kings Speak: Royal Speech and Royal Prayer in Chronicles (1987).


LG 0110 01BIBLICAL HEBREW Summer Session 2014-2015

An introduction to Hebrew grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected Old Testament text explore the nature of translation and its relation to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting Old 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 4127 01READING HEBREW Spring Semester 2014-2015

Reading of selective passages from the Old Testament designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew through continued study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. May be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisite: LG1100 or LG0110.

OT 1156 01ELIJAH ELISHA-FAMINE FAITH FAREWELLSpring Semester 2014-2015

Floating axe heads, miraculous cures, crazed pagans, mauling bears, and spectacular demonstrations of divine activity, of course! Our Sunday worship services have been enlivened with twice as many of these colorful tales as before. We will learn how careful attention to matters of literary style, structural coherence, and narrative technique can deepen our appreciation of these wonderful stories while they enhance our effectiveness in relating these biblical texts to our lives. FULFILLS PROPHETS REQUIREMENT FOR MA STUDENTS

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