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Professor Emeritus of New Testament
Sarah Henrich came to the Luther Seminary faculty in 1992 from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she had been assistant professor of New Testament (half-time) since 1989.
A former teacher, Henrich served as director of Christian education and assistant pastor at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in New Canaan, Conn., from 1983 to 1989.
She received a B.A. degree magna cum laude in 1969 from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., a M.A. degree from Bryn Mawr (Pa.) in 1971, and M.Div. degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1979. She received a Ph.D. degree from Yale University in 1994. In 2010 she received an M.A. in art history from University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn.
Having taught at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Henrich has been teaching at Luther Seminary since 1993.
She has served on the Sacramental Practices Task Force of the ELCA as well as the Lutheran-Moravian dialogue team and is currently on an ecumenical team looking at the use of Scripture in moral decision making. She is a member of both the Society of Biblical Literature and the North America Patristics Society. She is also an active docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
She has written many adult curricula for Augsburg Fortress, for the Women of the ELCA, and for the Select Series. Henrich has also published numerous articles and produced both video and audio tapes in the area of Scripture study. Her book "Great Themes of Scripture", was published by Westminster John Knox Press in English and in Spanish. She continues to lead numerous Bible studies for a wide variety of groups throughout the church.
How do Christian communities today receive, embrace, and embody the righteousness and justice of God? An exegetical study of Paul’s letter to the Romans, this course gives primary attention to exegetical and theological issues that arise from a close reading of this text and their implications for faith and ministry in the church of today.
Get to know Paul, a first-century Jew whose confidence in Jesus as God's Messiah changed the world. The course focuses on the world of Paul, what we know about Paul himself, and how we can best read Paul's letters as contextual theology that continue to matter. The primary question of the course is Paul's question: how did God's calling of the Gentiles in Christ as God's own people change their lives and the lives of all God's people? In other words, what difference did baptism make? To get at this question, the course examines Paul's world and two different examples of Paul's letters: Philemon and Galatians. What can we learn about and from Paul?
A detailed look at the parables in the Synoptic Gospels with particular attention to three contexts: the literary context within the Gospel and within ancient literature, the ancient setting, and the context of our own time. The course seeks to form and equip students as biblical interpreters. The course considers various interpretive traditions and explores what it means to read, teach, or preach the parables theologically. Sections based on either Greek or English text.
NOTE: Class does not meet Feb. 29, 2016, but will meet on March 21, 2016.
An introduction to the literary, social, historical, and religious contexts of the New Testament writings. Focus will be on reading primary texts (in translation), e.g. The Golden Ass, 4 Maccabees, Toxaris; on learning about the political, economic, and social circumstances of ancient communities; and on understanding how and why early proclamation of Jesus came as "good news" to ancient hearers. COURSE DOES NOT MEET ON FEB. 27, 2015. WILL MEET ON MARCH 20, 2015.
Exegesis of selected passages from Luke's narrative of the early church's geographical and theological growth. Special attention is given to the literary coherence of Acts, key theological motifs, points of interpretive controversy, questions about the book's historical and theological purposes, its depiction of communities and their decision-making, and the ways that this book might inform Christian ministry today. NO prerequisite for this course for J-Term 2014-2015, PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED.
Exegesis of selected passages from Luke's narrative of the early church's geographical and theological growth. Special attention is given to the literary coherence of Acts, key theological motifs, points of interpretive controversy, questions about the book's historical and theological purposes, its depiction of communities and their decision-making, and the ways that this book might inform Christian ministry today. J-TERM 2014-2015: NO PREREQUISITE
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