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Dr Stephen Hultgren

Lecturer in New Testament, Coordinator of Biblical Studies


Stephen came to ALC as Lecturer in New Testament in July 2012. Previously he taught New Testament at Duke University and Fordham University in the United States. He was born in 1971 and ordained to the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2004. From 2004 to 2007 he served as pastor at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Nyack, New York. He has twice held Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships for advanced research, at the universities of Tübingen (2008) and Berlin (2012).

He is married to Heidi, and they have three children, Matthias, Hans, and Anna.

Special interests

  • History and theology of the synoptic tradition/gospels
  • Pauline theology
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Lutheran hermeneutics

Teaching areas

  • Bible Introduction 2
  • Gospel Studies: Luke and John
  • Gospel Studies: Matthew and Mark
  • Lutheran Confessions
  • New Testament Greek A
  • New Testament Greek B
  • Pauline Letters

Research supervision

Research areas: New Testament, Biblical Theology

Community engagement

  • Co-Chair of Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue
  • Member of Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations

Qualifications in detail

  • Bachelor of Arts (Classics) (Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1993)
  • Master of Divinity (Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, 1997)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (New Testament) (Duke University, Durham, NC, 2001)
  • Ordained: Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN (USA), 19 September 2004.

Papers and publications

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‘The problem of freedom today and the third use of the law: biblical and theological considerations.’ In The necessary distinction: a continuing conversation on law and gospel, edited by Albert Collver et al, 185–251. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia.


‘The “new perspective on Paul”: exegetical problems and historical-theological questions.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 50, no. 1 (August): 70–86.

‘The Word of God in Human Words.’ Lutheran Quarterly 30, no. 2 (Summer): 125–51.


‘Revisiting the third use of the law.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 49, no. 2 (August): 96–110.


‘Narrative Christology in the gospels: reflections on some recent developments and their significance for theology and preaching.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 47, no. 1 (May): 10–21.


‘The new perspective on Paul and the recovery of Pauline anthropology.’ In The New Perspective on Paul, edited by D. Ratke. Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press.

‘Canon, creeds and confessions: an exercise in Lutheran hermeneutics.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 46, no. 1 (May): 26–50.


emet ("Truth"). In Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten, vol. 1, edited by Heinz-Josef Fabry and Ulrich Dahmen, cols. 237–47. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer).

Habakkuk 2:4 in Early Judaism, in Hebrews, and in Paul (Cahiers de la Revue Biblique 77; Pendé: J. Gabalda).


Biblical sections of ‘The hope of eternal life’ (report of Round XI of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States).

‘Alexander’ (5), ‘Alexander’ (6), ‘Alexander’ (7), ‘Anna.’ In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 1. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.


‘The Apostolic Church’s influence on the order of sayings in the double tradition. Part II: Luke’s travel narrative.’ Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche 100: 199–222.

‘4Q521 and Luke’s Magnificat and Benedictus.’ In Echoes from the caves: Qumran and the New Testament, edited by F. García Martínez, 119–32. Leiden: Brill.


‘The Apostolic Church’s influence on the order of sayings in the double tradition. Part I: from John the Baptist to the Mission Discourse; and the rest of Matthew.’ Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche 99: 1–28.

‘4Q521, the Second Benediction of the Tefilla, the hasîdîm, and the Development of Royal Messianism.’ Revue de Qumrân 23: 313–40.


From the Damascus Covenant to the Covenant of the Community: literary, historical, and theological studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls. STDJ 66. Leiden: Brill.


Narrative elements in the double tradition: a study of their place within the framework of the gospel narrative. BZNW 113. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Hultgren Stephen