FACULTY

Robert Sorensen, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology and Foreign Languages

Chair, Department of Theology and Foreign Languages


College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Sorensen teaches biblical Greek, Scripture, ancient Judaism, and early Christianity. His doctoral dissertation was on Luke-Acts. Beyond the New Testament writings, his other areas of interest include First Temple Judaism, Greco-Roman history, the early Church Fathers and Christian worship.

He was an associate editor of the Lutheran Study Bible as well as a contributor to the Spanish language hymnbook ¡Cantad al Señor! Dr. Sorensen has been a full-time member of Concordia’s faculty since 2006.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., New Testament and early Christianity, Loyola University; Chicago.
  • M.Div., Theology, Concordia Seminary; St. Louis, Mo.
  • MFA, Spanish Language and Culture, Instituto de Filología Hispánica; Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.
  • B.A., Elementary Education, Concordia University Texas; Austin, Texas.

Awards

In 2018, Dr Sorensen was a guest researcher at the Theological Faculty of the Universidad de Navarra. He has also served as visiting lecturer to the national Lutheran church bodies of Spain, Panama and Nicaragua.

Research

Dr. Sorensen regularly teaches biblical Greek, Scripture and early Christianity, and occasionally gives courses intertestamental Judaism, the Church Fathers and Latin-American literature. His doctoral dissertation was on Luke-Acts. He is fluent in Spanish and has served as pastor in bilingual parish settings for decades. 

Publications

  • Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary: Luke (Concordia Publishing House: St Louis, MO, 2014)
  • Contributor, The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes (Concordia Publishing House: St Louis, MO, 2012)
  • “Paul’s Vision of ‘a Certain Macedonian’ in Troas: How Might Luke’s Original Audience Have Heard the Narration of Acts 16:9?” Logia 21 (2012).
  • Associate Editor, The Lutheran Study Bible (Concordia Publishing House: St Louis, MO, 2009)
  • Contributor, ¡Cantad al Señor! (Editorial Concordia: Saint Louis, MO, 1991)