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Raymond Pickett

Professor of New Testament

Raymond Pickett

Phone: 773-256-0755

Education | Biography | Areas of Expertise | Profile | Published Works | Sermons

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B.A. Oral Roberts University
M.A.   Oral Roberts University
M.Div. Wartburg Theological Seminary
Ph.D.  The University of Sheffield

Areas of Expertise

Topics that Dr. Pickett is available to address at adult forums and other congregational events

Lectionary Gospel for the year
Paul's letters (all or any one in particular)
Biblical interpretation in the parish
Body and Sexuality in the New Testament 


The Rev. Dr. Raymond Pickett was ordained in 1989.  He has pastored congregations in Kansas and Oklahoma and came to LSTC after teaching at the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest (LSPS). His book, The Cross in Corinth: The Social Significance of the Death of Jesus (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997) and “Conflicts at Corinth” in Christian Origins: A Peoples’ History of Christianity, Vol. 1 (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005) established Pickett’s reputation as a Pauline scholar. His interests are wide-ranging and he is currently working on a book on the Gospel of Luke. 

He has delivered scholarly papers at academic meetings and is a highly sought-after speaker for clergy continuing education events. Pickett has taught a range of required and elective courses including online courses. His research interests include social, cultural, and political interpretations of biblical texts.  Pickett’s service to the church includes having been a seminary representative for the Southwestern Texas Synod Candidacy Committee and a Scholar in Residence at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. 

He has also served on the SELECT Board of Directors and on the Southwestern Texas Synod Task Force on Homosexuality in addition to steering and planning committees.  Pickett has been a committed advocate for ministry that engages and learns from cultural difference, and worked to assist in LSPS’s efforts to develop a program that will help the church engage the rapidly-growing Hispanic-Latino communities in the United States and to seriously engage “borderlands” theology.


Raymond Pickett, professor of New Testament, has been on the faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago since 2009.

After his ordination in 1989, Pickett served Bethany Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. for five years, and then Peace Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Kansas, for three years. He came to LSTC after teaching for twelve years at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest.

Pickett received his his Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Sheffield. In addition to several articles and book reviews, he is the author of The Cross in Corinth: The Social Significance of the Death of Jesus and is a contributor to the multi-volume Fortress series entitled A Peoples' History of Christianity, published in November of 2005. He also did the new SELECT DVD New Testament Introduction course with two other ELCA seminary professors. He frequently takes study groups to archeological sites in Greece, Turkey and Rome.

Published Works

“‘You Cannot Serve God and Mammon’: Economic Relations and Human Flourishing in Luke,” Dialog, March 2013
Review of “People of the Spirit: Exploring Luke’s View of the Church” by Graham H. Twelftree in Currents for Theology and Mission Vol.39, No. 5 (October, 2012) 390-391

“Acts Course Kit” (part of The Book of Faith Bible Study Series) Minneapolis, Minnesota, Augsburg Fortress, July 31, 2012

Review of “Greed as Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor” by Brian Rosner in Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 38, No. 4 (August, 2011) 290 – 291.

Review of “First Corinthians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary” by Joseph Fitzmeyer in Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 38, No 2 (April, 2011) 153.

“Changing the Landscape of New Testament Studies: Essays in Honor of David M. Rhoads,” Currents in Theology & Mission, vol. 37, no. 4 (August, 2010) 274-275 (Co-author with Kathleen Billman).

"Reading Luke in the Context of the Roman Empire", introduction to Luke and Empire,
 ed. David Esterline and David Rhoads. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, forthcoming.

"Luke as Counter-Narrative: The Gospel as Social Vision and Practice." Currents in
 Theology and Mission
(December 2009).

"Conflicts at Corinth" in Christian Origins: A Peoples' History of Christianity, Vol. 1.
 Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005.

"Following Jesus in Galilee: Resurrection as Empowerment in the Gospel of Mark."
 Currents in Theology and Mission (December 2005).

The Cross in Corinth: The Social Significance of the Death of Jesus. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.
"The Death of Jesus as Divine Patronage in Romans 5:1-11" in the SBL Seminar Papers.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993.


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