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The Bible Reads Sinners

April 29 - May 1

2007 Convention Information

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Keynote presenters, Karl Donfried and Steven Paulson, will address issues surrounding a Lutheran interpretation of Scripture. More information to follow...stay tuned!

Karl Paul Donfried

Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor Emeritus of Religion and Biblical Literature Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Keynote address: "Scripture as the Authentic Presence of Christ"

Dr. Donfried received his B.A. degree from Columbia College, his M. Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School, his S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary in New York and his Doctor of Theology from the University of Heidelberg. He served as associate pastor of Advent Lutheran Church, New York City, and acting Lutheran Chaplain at Columbia University. He was appointed to the faculty of Smith College in 1968 and served as the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature until 2005.

photo of Dr. Karl DonfriedDr. Donfried also served as Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 2004; as Fulbright Visiting Professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1997; as Visiting Professor at Yale University Divinity School in 1993; and as Visiting Professor in the theological faculty of the University of Hamburg during 1985. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Brown University, St. Hyacinth, a Roman Catholic seminary in Granby, Mass., as well as at Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Assumption Colleges. Dr. Donfried has authored or edited: Who Owns the Bible? Toward the Recovery of a Christian Hermeneutic, The Dynamic Word: New Testament Insights for Contemporary Christians, The Romans Debate, The Theology of the Shorter Pauline Letters, Judaism and Christianity in First-Century Rome, The Thessalonians Debate and Paul, Thessalonica And Early Christianity. He has chaired several Seminar groups for the International Society of New Testament Studies (SNTS).

Dr. Donfried has been deeply involved in the ecumenical movement, both in its pastoral and scholarly dimensions. Partially as a result of his leadership in developing and leading the Ecumenical School of Theology at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, Mass., the Episcopal Bishop of Western Massachusetts elected him to serve as Ecumenical Canon of the Cathedral in 1977, a position he continues to hold. He has chaired the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Committee of New England and was appointed co-chair of the New Testament Panel of the National Lutheran Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, which produced Peter In The New Testament and Mary In the New Testament. Dr. Donfried was an official ELCA delegate at the signing of the Official Common Statement by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church concerning The Joint Declaration on The Doctrine of Justification in Augsburg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1999.

Dr. Donfried’s current research projects continue to center around 1 Thessalonians as well as Pauline chronology and theology. Of particular interest is the relationship of Paul to the Judaisms of the Second Temple Period. Specific emphasis is given to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the role they play for a new understanding of both Judaism and Christianity, and their interaction with each other, in this period.

Steven D. Paulson

Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

Keynote address: "Lutheran Interpretation of Scripture: What Does This Mean?"

photo of Dr. Steven PaulsonDr. Paulson joined the Luther Seminary faculty as associate professor of systematic theology in the fall of 1998 after serving as assistant professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he had been since 1993.

He was pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington Island, Wis., from 1990 to 1993. His experience also includes two years of work as a research librarian at JKM Library in Chicago and five years as a psychiatric counselor at Fairview Hospitals in Minneapolis.

Dr. Paulson is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and earned the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in 1984. He holds both the master of theology (1988) and doctor of theology (1992) degrees from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

He has been honored with the Goethe Institute Scholarship (1985) and the North American Ministerial Fellowship (1980-84).

Dr. Paulson currently serves on the editorial boards of Word and World and both the Lutheran Quarterly and Dialog and has written articles for both journals. He is the author of Luther for Armchair Theologians and editor of A More Radical Gospel, The Captivation of the Will, and The Preached God all written by Gerhard Forde.