The ELCA Justice for Women Program is pleased to present the first annotated bibliography of Lutheran women scholars in religion, in the United States! Knowing how challenging it can be in our research and writing to find other Lutheran scholars outside of our immediate professional circles, Justice for Women has endeavored to create one field of access to the works of Lutheran women scholars in biblical, theological and religious studies. It is our hope that this bibliography will serve as a great resource for all persons interested in identifying the tremendous scholarship by Lutheran women and will support academic, professional, and personal research in multiple ways.
Since research databases, such as ATLA, do not readily yield results that identify scholarship by Lutheran women, this bibliography is greatly needed to assist individual scholars, to edify the ELCA as a whole, and to display the corpus of work that Lutheran women contribute to the academy.
And what an impressive list we have begun to develop! There is, indeed, a vast fund of wisdom that exists among us, and certainly there are more Lutheran women voices yet to be heard. Persons still wishing to submit an annotated bibliography may do so by filling out the online form below. At regular intervals throughout the calendar year, the bibliography will be updated to include new submissions.
About the bibliography
This bibliography is annotated, and divided into seven broad sub-disciplines (links are to PDF files):
The “Miscellaneous” section is for publications by Lutheran women which may not fall so neatly into any of these categories. You may also download the entire bibliography as one file.
Users will find everything from academic, theological writings to monographs, works from popular literature, sermon-starters, devotionals, and bible study guides. Many writings specifically relate to Lutheranism, and many do not.
Additionally, listings range from some of the earliest works by Lutheran women, to forthcoming works, not yet published.
For your convenience, each listing is also broken down into publication type: “Books”, “Chapters in books”, “Journal articles,” etc. You can use the "Find" option in Adobe Acrobat to perform a simple keyword search in order to more easily locate the kind of information you may be looking for.
This is only Stage One of our project. We expect this document to grow over time into a robust resource and research tool. For now, peruse freely, submit additional works at any time using these instructions, and please share with your colleagues.
Susan M. Evans, Justice for Women Bibliography Project Director
Mary J. Streufert, Director, Justice for Women