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Marilyn Salmon
Professor of New Testament Theology
Episcopal priest
Appointed 1989


B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
M.Div. Luther Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion

Teaching and Research

New Testament interpretation
Synoptic Gospels
early Judaism
Jewish-Christian relations

Courses Offered

CH210   New Testament Greek
CH212   Justice & Peace: New Testament Perspectives
CH219   Interpreting Luke-Acts
CH221   Reading Acts for the Church Today
CH225   Preaching and Teaching the Gospel of Mark
CH227   Interpreting the Gospel of Matthew
CH233   Interpreting the Bible after the Holocaust
CH261   New Testament Texts in Context
CH262   Synoptic Gospels
CH263   Preaching the Gospels
IS151   Theological Interpretation: God, Community, and Transformation

Visit the Course Descriptions page for descriptions of all courses.

Visit the Registration Bulletin page for a listing of all courses offered in the current and past academic year.



Preaching Without Contempt: Overcoming Unintended Anti-Judaism
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006 

Articles, Essays, and Other Published Works (since 2000)

Commentary on Acts 8:26-39: Ethiopian Believes. Working Preacher. (April 21, 2013). workingpreacher.org.

“Commentary on Luke 24:1-16: Empty Tomb.” Working Preacher. (March 31, 2013). workingpreacher.org.

Commentary on John 12:20-33: Fifth Sunday in Lent. Working Preacher. (March 25, 2012). workingpreacher.org.

“Commentary on San Lucas 9:51-62: Quinto Domingo después de Pentecostés.” Working Preacher. (June 27, 2010). workingpreacher.org.

Commentary on Lectionary Year C: Proper 9, 10, 11, 12. Working Preacher. (2010). workingpreacher.org

“Commentary on Lectionary Year A: Proper 13, 14, 15, 16.” Working Preacher. (2008). workingpreacher.org

“Holy Week.” New Proclamation Year C. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.

“The Gospels as Jewish Literature.” Didier Lectureship, presented at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, 2001.

“The Myth of Christian Origins.” Lecture series as scholar-in-residence, presented at Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000.

“Spotlight on Teaching: Teaching the Bible After the Holocaust.” Religious Studies News. (Fall 2000).

Regular Topics for Presentation

Upcoming Presentations

Contact Marilyn at 651.255.6124.

I enjoy listening to classical music, paddling my kayak, and spending time with friends.

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“Christianity has a long history of defining itself over and against an assumed defective Judaism. I am committed to raising awareness of the caricatures of Judaism that permeate biblical preaching and teaching and perpetuate Christian anti-Judaism. I believe that the integrity of the Christian Gospel is at stake.”

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“I want our students to be passionate, creative, responsible interpreters of the Scriptures, knowledgeable of both ancient contexts and contemporary audiences.”

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“The central focus of my teaching is to make the language and images of the Scriptures a vital part of Christian life and spirituality. I am passionate about promoting mutual understanding between Jews and Christians, and I am committed to relating my work as a scholar and teacher to parish life and ministry.”

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“Churches need leaders who are prepared to lead churches that do not yet exist. Its leaders must be equipped to lead through change. And our country needs leaders who value the religions and cultures of others, whether it’s the ancient world of Israel, the Mideast today, or those in our midst who live in unspeakable poverty.

“And the world needs poets and prophets. We need truth-tellers and meaning-makers, who help us see the world as God sees it and call us to create that world. This is what we’re about at United.”

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