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Sarah S. Henrich

Sarah S. Henrich

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

  • M.A. (St. Thomas)
  • Ph.D. (Yale University)
  • Ordained (ELCA)
  • M.Phil. (Yale University)
  • M.A. (Yale University)
  • M.Div. (Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia)
  • M.A. (Bryn Mawr College)


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. Prerequisite: LG0220 New Testament Greek for M.Div. Students Equivalency: NT0220 Biblical Exegesis or SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses II

NT 0217 01GOSPELS- GOSPEL ACC TO LUKE Spring Semester 2017-2018

A detailed analysis of the Gospel according to Luke, attending to the themes, theology, and teaching of the Gospel within its ancient setting, as well as its significance for our own time. The course highlights both the distinctiveness of Luke and its similarities to the other Gospels. To form and equip students as biblical interpreters, the course considers various interpretive traditions and explores what it means to read, teach, or preach Luke theologically. Equivalency: SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses II

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