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Theology Department

Kenneth Stenstrup, Ph.D.
Kenneth Stenstrup
Theology-Assistant Professor

(507) 457-6625

Kenneth Stenstrup is a tenured Assistant Professor of Theology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Dr. Stenstrup's principal teaching areas are in topics focusing on Scripture. Ken received MA degrees in study of both of the Christian Testaments before pursuing a Doctorate in Old Testament. Research and study interests focus on tracing how particular themes, topics, persons and events in Scripture have been received in various contexts through time.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Tracing how different groups of people have understood Judaic and Christian Scriptures through time. Especially interesting is the exploration of social-scientific methods that help bridge between our contemporary world views and those views held by the ancient authors and earliest readers

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
Christianity in Global Context
Stories of God & the Human Condition
Introduction to Hebrew I
Introduction to Hebrew II

Professional Organizations
The Catholic Biblical Association
The Society of Biblical Literature
The American Academy of Religion

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University (Old Testament), 2001
M.A., Claremont Graduate University (Old Testament), 1998
M.A., The School of Theology at Claremont (New Testament), 1992
B.A., Creighton University (Theology),1981

Teaching Experience
2001 to Present: Assistant Professor of Theology, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2000-2001: Secondary Teacher, McDonnel High School, Chippewa Falls, WI
1999-2000: Adjunct Instructor, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, KS
1997: Adjunct Instructor, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
1992-1996: Secondary Teacher, Damian High School, LaVerne, CA

Other Professional Experience
McDonnel High School Campus Minister

1991: The Award for Excellence in Biblical Studies, from The School of Theology at Claremont

Selected Presentations
"Jerome and Scripture: Text, Context and Assumptions," paper presented at the Upper Midwest Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religions/Society of Biblical Literature 2004 meeting, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, 2004

"Honoring Nehemiah: Text, Context and Hermeneutic", Paper given at the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, April 25, 2003

"Ecumenical Truth" Presentation given at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Inter-Faith Prayer Group,Winona, MN, April 9, 2003

"Scripture in Protestant and Roman Catholic Contexts", Presentation at the Winona State Newman Center, March 25, 2003

"Introduction to the Gospels and the Gospel of Mark", Presentation given at Saint Mary's Parish, Winona, MN, February 12, 2003

Titus: Honoring the Gospel of God (Paul's Social Network, Brothers and Sisters in Faith) Collegeville, MN, Liturgical Press, 2010

"Scripture and Interpretive Method: Why Read Scripture as Canon?", Biblical Theology Bulletin 33:4 Winter 2003