Dr Stephen Hultgren

Position:Lecturer in New Testament
(Full time)

Head of Biblical Department

Area of service:Education Staff
Additional areas:Member of Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, Member of Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations
Location:ALC North Adelaide
Phone:+61 8 7120 8200


Who am I?

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

I am married to Heidi, and we 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

I teach the following

Qualifications in detail

  • BA (Classics) (Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1993)
  • MDiv (Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, 1997)
  • PhD (New Testament) (Duke University, Durham, NC, 2001)
  • Ordained: Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN (USA), 19 September 2004.

Papers & publications

(a selection)


‘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.

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