This Ask-a-Prof is no longer an active participant in responses, but we have left the bio here so that those who see responses given in the past know the background at the time.
Dr. Shore is an ordained minister in the ELCA. Between her M. Div. and Ph. D., Mary served congregations in North Dakota for six years. In 1997, she graduated from Duke University with a Ph. D. in New Testament and Christian Origins. The same year, she began teaching at Luther Seminary. Her doctoral work was on the Old Testament in the New, and she remains especially interested in how established, authoritative texts communicate meaning and authority in new contexts. This preoccupation fuels her abiding interest in preaching.