Rolf Jacobson joined the Luther Seminary faculty as assistant professor of Old Testament in July 2003. Prior to joining the seminary, he taught at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, as an assistant professor of religion.
Jacobson earned his bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. in 1987. He holds a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary (1991) and a doctor of philosophy degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. (2000).
His teaching interests include the Psalms, Old Testament prophets, biblical poetry, biblical theology, and biblical narrative. He emphasizes that the purpose of a biblical text is not just for preaching or teaching, although these are crucial functions. He says the Scriptures must also be used in pastoral care, personal spiritual growth, and for the shaping of Christian mission and theology. In addition, it can also function as a catalyst for change and growth within a congregation.
Ordained in 1991, Jacobson served for five years as associate pastor of Como Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul before continuing his education at Princeton Theological Seminary. At Princeton, he was the assistant editor for Theology Today and The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. He also served as a teaching fellow.
Jacobson is a in-demand speaker and author, who produces theological and biblical scholarship for both the church and the academic guild. He recently served as editor of Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms, whose authors included three recent Luther Seminary graduates. His articles have appeared in Word and World, Theology Today, Interpretation, Teaching Theology and Religion, and in many collections of scholarly essays. With Kelly Fryer, he wrote the No Experience Necessary Bible studies. He has been a contributor to Augsburg Fortress's Handbook series (The Lutheran Handbook, The Christian Handbook, etc.), Workingpreacher.org, Lectionary Homiletics, and the like. His credits also include appearances in many video curricula, including The Lutheran Course.