Doctor of Philosophy
University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Master of Divinity
Wartburg Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Arts
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

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Rev. Dr. Samuel Giere

Professor of Homiletics & Biblical Interpretation
Director of Lifelong Learning

Faculty Biography

Samuel D Giere, a ’97 alumnus, joined the Wartburg faculty in the summer of 2006. After serving as an associate pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota, he studied at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, completing a PhD in Old Testament in 2006. His postgraduate work was on the history of the interpretation of Day One (Genesis 1.1-5). He has also taught as an adjunct member of the Religion Department at Concordia College, Moorhead, and served as interim pastor at Norman and Davenport Lutheran Churches, in southeast North Dakota.

Follow Professor Giere

MN 130W      From Text to Sermon
MN130E        From Text to Sermon (Intensive)
IN 102W        Jesus Christ and Plural Worlds
MN 230W      Preaching
MN230E        Preaching (online)
MW 346W     Preaching and Stewardship
MW 322W     Preaching the Old Testament
BI 249W        Readings in Biblical Theology

“Babette’s Feast,” in 50 Key Films: Bible and Cinema, Adele Reinhartz, ed; London: Routledge,forthcoming.
“The Eighth-Day Kiss of Psalm 85,” The Lutheran Forum 45/4 (Winter 2011) 10-13.
“Practice of Being Rooted in the Gospel,” Currents in Theology and Mission 38 (2011): 317-321.
Nancy Claire Pittman, Richard I. Pervo, S. D. Giere, and Shauna Hannan, New Proclamation: Year A, 2011, Easter through Christ the King (David B. Lott, ed; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010).
“This is my world!” Son of Man (Jezile) and Cross-Cultural Convergences of Bible and World, Journal of Religion and Film (forthcoming)
S.D. Giere, “Son of Man (Jezile): Annotated Transcription Based on Subtitles,” November 2010
S.D. Giere, A New Glimpse of Day One: Intertextuality, History of Interpretation, and Genesis 1.1-5 (BZNW 172; de Gruyter, 2009)

Dr. Giere has extensive knowledge in the following categories and is able to serve as a resource on:

  • Homiletics
  • Hermeneutics
  • History of the Interpretation of the Old Testament
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Septuagint Studies
  • Old Testament Pseudepigrapha