Professor of Hebrew Scriptures
Dr. Luker holds degrees from Concordia Senior College (B.A.), Cambridge University (M.A.), Christ Seminary-Seminex (M.Div.), and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.). He has served as a parish pastor on Long Island, New York, as Lutheran Campus Pastor at Vanderbilt University, and as Assistant Professor of Religion and Hebrew at California Lutheran University.
Dr. Luker is currently Professor of Hebrew Scriptures in the School of Theology of Lenoir-Rhyne University at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and Academic Dean of The Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies. He also serves as Teaching Associate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the North American Lutheran Seminary.
Dr. Luker has lived, studied, and taught in the Holy Land for the past 30 years. In addition to the Land, his primary interests are in the literary and theological analysis of Scripture, and he has contributed numerous articles to Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, Anchor Bible Dictionary, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, as well as scholarly and church-related journals. His books include Doom and Hope in Micah; Passion, Vitality, and Foment: The Dynamics of Second Temple Judaism; and An Illustrated Guide to the Holy Land For Tour Groups, Students, and Pilgrims (Abingdon Press). He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Biblical Archaeology Society, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew.