Students at commencement

Meet the Faculty

Diane L. Jacobson

Diane L. Jacobson

Professor Emerita of Old Testament and retired director of the Book of Faith Initiative for the ELCA

  • Ph.D. (Union Theological Seminary)
  • M. Phil. (Union Theological Seminary)
  • M.A. (Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary)


Dr. Diane Jacobson is professor emerita of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN where she taught from1982-2010.  She also served as director of the Book of Faith Initiative for the ELCA from 2008-2015.  Jacobson has been a frequent speaker throughout the Church, including the 2011 and 2013 Churchwide Assemblies, the LWF 50thAnniversary Assembly in Hong Kong, and numerous synodical assemblies, rostered leaders gatherings, and churchwide consultations.  

Jacobson currently serves on the boards of and Augsburg College and also served on the consulting board and as a contributor to the Lutheran Study Bible (2009). 

Jacobson is, first and foremost, a lover of Scripture. "I'm in love with this Book," she says. "My calling is to teach Scripture for the sake of God’s world, and to invite others into the wonders and rewards of exploring the Bible together."