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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)

Biography

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.

Courses

LG 0220 01NEW TESTAMENT GREEK Summer Session 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 1235 01 F6THE PARABLES Spring Semester 2015-2016

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.

NT 1232 01 F6THE NEW TESTMENT IN FIRST CENTURY Spring Semester 2014-2015

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.

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