Sara M. Koenig
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
Office: Alexander Hall
Education: BA, Seattle Pacific University, 1995; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1999; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2007. At SPU since 2003.
Sara Koenig joined the faculty of SPU as an adjunct professor in the fall of 2002. She became a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2003.
Dr. Koenig majored in educational ministries at Seattle Pacific University because at that time in her life, she planned to be a youth pastor. But after a full-time, year-long internship in youth ministry, she entered Princeton Theological Seminary less convinced about her previous plans.
At PTS, she fell in love with Old Testament studies, so much so that she decided to pursue a PhD in the Old Testament. Whenever she was asked what she wanted to do with her PhD, she said she wanted to teach at a college like the one she attended, never assuming that she would end up at that exact place. She joined the faculty of SPU as an adjunct professor in the fall of 2002, and became a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2003.
Her dissertation was on the biblical character of Bathsheba, and she continues to study the way that Bathsheba has been interpreted throughout the centuries. She is passionate about hermeneutics, the literary features and ethical implications of the biblical text, and the way the Old Testament presents God.
Please view Dr. Koenig’s CV (PDF) for additional information
"I offer a reading of Bathsheba that critiques some other readings of her, specifically those that see her as simple, stupid, seductive, or unchanging. I offer this different reading, first, because the text suggests it. But second, those other readings of Bathsheba are misogynistic, with harmful and even dangerous implications for the way women are viewed." (2)
Why I Teach at SPU
Sara Koenig, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
"I teach here because of the students I meet. I love that through teaching University Foundations classes I meet students from every major. I feel both honored and humbled to teach them about the Bible and the God whom the Bible reveals."
“Koenig delves deeply into the biblical text to make us aware of dimensions often missed in a quick reading …. I know of no treatment of [Bathsheba] that compares with what we have in Sara Koenig’s masterful and learned presentation.” — Patrick Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary, on Koenig’s new book, Isn’t This Bathsheba? (Pickwick Publications, 2011).