Dr Adam Hensley

Position:Lecturer in Old Testament
(Full time)
Area of service:Education Staff
Location:ALC North Adelaide
Phone:+61 8 7120 8200

BTh GradDipMin PhD

Who am I?

I was ordained in December 2000 after graduating from ALC (then Luther Seminary), whereupon I served my first call as a parish pastor in the Hamilton Lutheran Parish, Victoria, before heading to Concordia Seminary St Louis for graduate school in 2007. Prior to coming to ALC I taught for four years as an Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Concordia University Irvine, California. There I enjoyed teaching Old Testament classes—to students of all walks of life—and Biblical Hebrew. On return to Australia I spent 6 months as parish pastor at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Magill, SA.

I like spending time with my wife Joanna and our five children (Samuel, Mary, John, Lucy, and Thomas), learning, traveling, and growing together as a family. I also enjoy fishing, archery, watching sport, and cycling as time and opportunity allow, and watching my kids explore their interests in these and other ventures.

Special interests

  • Canonical Study of the Book of Psalms
  • Exodus, Isaiah, the Wisdom Literature, Pauline literature
  • Biblical languages, Textual Criticism, Hermeneutics
  • History (ancient and modern)
  • Classical Education

I teach the following

Qualifications in detail

  • Bachelor of Theology (Luther Seminary, Adelaide, 1998)
  • Graduate Diploma in Ministry (Luther Seminary, Adelaide, 2000)
  • PhD (Biblical Studies), (Concordia Seminary, St Louis, 2015)

Papers & publications


‘σιγάω, λαλέω, and ὑποτάσσω in 1 Corinthians 14:34 in Their Literary and Rhetorical Context’, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55/2, 343–64.


‘The Appeal for Submission to Bishop, Presbytery and Deacons in the Letters of St Ignatius of Antioch’, Lutheran Theological Journal 35/2, 75–86.


‘Death by Decree’, The Lutheran (February), 22–25.

Presentations for seminars and conferences


‘The Love of God from an Old Testament Perspective: the Reuse of the “Grace Formula’ (Exodus 34:6–7) in the Old Testament with Special Focus on the Psalter’, (General Pastors’ Conference, Concordia College, April 17)


‘Evaluating Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia’, (“Deliver us From Evil” retreat, Mannum SA, 6–7 May)


‘The Raising of Jarius’ Daughter and Healing of a Sick Woman: An Exegesis of Mark 5:21–43’, (Victorian District’s Continuing Education for Pastors, 18 June).

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