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Reed Carlson

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


The Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson specializes in the Hebrew Bible as well as the literature of Second Temple Judaism — a diverse body of pre-Christian writings that can help us better understand the Jewish roots of the New Testament. He holds a ThD from Harvard University and is a graduate of Luther Seminary and North Central University. He is also ordained in the ministry of Word and Sacrament in The Episcopal Church.

Dr. Carlson’s first book, The Spirit and the Self: Possession Phenomena in Biblical Literature (forthcoming from De Gruyter Publishers) focuses on stories of spirits and ecstatic religious experience in biblical and Second Temple Jewish literature — especially as they relate to anthropological and ethnographic studies of possession, trance, and other similar practices in the Global South and its diasporas. His work has appeared in several academic journals including Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Die Welt des Orients, Word and World, and the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. He has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Louisville Institute, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Episcopal Church Foundation.

As a Pentecostal and an Episcopalian, Dr. Carlson is excited to join the ELCA-grounded/ecumenically-postured community at United Lutheran Seminary. As ULS continues to pioneer new models for ministerial training, Dr. Carlson is especially looking forward to experimenting with interdisciplinary and praxis-oriented approaches to theological education.