Raymond Pickett Professor of New Testament


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 


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


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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