Dr Adam Hensley

Position:Lecturer in Old Testament
(Full time)

Dean of Chapel

Area of service:Education Staff
Location:ALC North Adelaide
Phone:+61 8 7120 8234

BTh GradDipMin PhD GCTE

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 six children (Samuel, Mary, John, Lucy, Thomas and Hannah), 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)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biblical Studies), (Concordia Seminary, St Louis, 2015)
  • Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (University of Divinity, 2018)
  • Ordained 10 December 2000, Faith Lutheran College, Tanunda SA.

Papers & publications


Covenant Relationships and the Editing of the Hebrew Psalter. LHBOTS 666. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

‘Redressing the Serpent’s Cunning: A Closer Look at Genesis 3:1.’ LOGIA 27, no. 3: 41-44.


‘σιγάω, λαλέω, and ὑποτάσσω in 1 Corinthians 14:34 in Their Literary and Rhetorical Context.’ Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55, no. 2: 343–64.


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


‘The Appeal for Submission to Bishop, Presbytery and Deacons in the Letters of St Ignatius of Antioch.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 35, no. 2: 75–86.

Presentations for seminars and conferences


‘Reading the Psalms Canonically: Psalms for Ascension (Ps 93) and Pentecost (Ps 104).’ Presented at SA/NT Pastors’ Conference, Seaford Ecumentical Mission, Seaford SA, 3 May.


‘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.’ Presented at General Pastors’ Conference, Concordia College, 17 April.


‘Evaluating Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia.’ Presented at “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.’ Presented at Victorian District’s Continuing Education for Pastors, 18 June.

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