BA, MDiv, PhD
Stephen Hultgren is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Australian Lutheran College, where he has served since 2012.
An American by birth, he received the BA in classics from Gustavus Adolphus College (1993), the MDiv from Luther Seminary (St. Paul) (1997) and the PhD in New Testament from Duke University (2001). Dr Hultgren held teaching positions at Duke University (2001–04) and Fordham University (2004–12) before moving to Australia. He has twice held Alexander von Humboldt fellowships for advanced study in Germany (2008, Tübingen; 2012, Berlin). He was elected to membership in SNTS, the international society of New Testament scholars, and is currently co-chair of one of its seminars.
Dr Hultgren’s research areas run broad and deep, encompassing the synoptic gospels, Pauline theology, ancient Judaism (including the Dead Sea Scrolls) and biblical hermeneutics. This research has resulted in three monographs as well as numerous journal articles and book contributions, among other things. His current, major research project is a monograph on the intersection of narrative, memory and Christology in the formation of the gospel tradition. By applying social memory theory, with special attention to the role of narrative in the ways that communities remember their past, this project seeks to fill a gap in current gospel scholarship, where social memory theory has already been amply applied to the historical Jesus and the finished gospels.
Dr Hultgren regularly teaches across the New Testament field and koine Greek. He is also involved in postgraduate supervision, including doctoral studies. He welcomes inquiries from potential postgraduate students, particularly in his research areas.
Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2004, he served as pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Central Nyack, New York (2004–07). He is on the role of pastors of the Lutheran Church of Australia, and serves on the LCA’s Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations.