Gwen Sayler

Rev. Dr. Gwen Sayler

Professor of Bible, The William A. & John E. Wagner Professor of Biblical Theology, Director of Lifelong Learning

Office Number:
302 Fritschel Hall
Office Phone:
(563) 589-0302
(563) 589-0333


  • Faculty


BI 322W
Hebrew Bible Intensive Seminar I
BI 222W
Hebrew Language and Bible I
BI 224W
Hebrew Language and Bible II
IN 102W
Jesus Christ and Plural Worlds
MN 276W
Ministry in Response to Issues Surrounding Internet Pornography
BI 325W
Rhetoric of Violence in the Bible
BI 327W
“Story” in the Hebrew Bible


Doctor of Philosophy
University of Iowa

Master of Arts
Seminex – LSTC

Bachelor of Arts
Valparaiso University


Gwen Sayler is a professor of Hebrew Bible, avid bicyclist, and Green Bay Packer fan.  In 2001, she celebrated the 30th anniversary of her consecration as deaconess in the Valparaiso Lutheran deaconess community, and in 2002, she celebrated the 20th anniversary of her ordination in the ELCA.  The 2006-2007 school year will mark her 16th year of service at WTS.


Have the Promises Failed? A Literary Analysis of 2 Baruch. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series. Chico: Scholars Press, 1984.
“The Body of Christ and Mandated Celibacy.” In Everist, Norma, ed. The Difficult but Indispensable Church. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002.
“2 Baruch: A Story of Grief and Consolation.” InSociety of Biblical Literature 1982 Seminar Papers, 484-500. Chico: Scholars Press, 1982.
“What Does it Mean to be in Communion,” Lutheran Women Today, November 2002.
“My Journey Isn’t Over, ” Lutheran Women Today, May 2001.
“Caught in the Spirit’s Wind,” Lutheran Women Today, 2000.
“Worn Out or Wearing Well?” Lutheran Women Today, 1999.
“God as Divine Warrior,” Lutheran Women Today, July 1997.
“Tipping the Prism: Ways to Approach Bible Study,”Lutheran Women Today, January 1996.
“Biblical Stories of Violence Against Women,”Lutheran Women Today, November 1995.
“Introduction to the Bible, ” Currents in Theology and Mission, August 1995.
“First Corinthians 13 and Everyday Life,” Lutheran Women Today, January 1993.
“Hard Times Literature of Hope,” Lutheran Women Today, May 1992.
“Werner Elert and the Law/Gospel Dialectic,”Currents in Theology and Mission, February 1975.
“It Hurts to Struggle in Love,” Seminar (student journal of Concordia Theological Seminary) 1973.
“Literary Introduction to Revelation,” Covenant-Cluster Interactive Video, 2000.
“Teaching/Preaching Old Testament Pericopes,” SELECT Videos, 1994.
Who is God? Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1999.
Revelation: A six session Bible study for the journal, Lutheran Women Today. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1999.
Genesis 1-11: Creation, Choices, Consequences. Adult education curriculum for the series, Inspire. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1996.