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Rolf A. Jacobson

Rolf A. Jacobson

Professor of Old Testament and The Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology and Ministry

  • Ph.D. (Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • M.Div. (Luther Seminary)

Biography

Rolf Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament and the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology, and Ministry, joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 2003.  Prior to that, he served on the faculty of Augsburg University and as Associate Pastor of Como Park Lutheran Church (St. Paul, Minnesota).

 

Known for his humor and faithful biblical interpretation, Jacobson is an in-demand preacher and teacher.  With Craig Koester, he developed and supports the Narrative Lectionary.  He enjoys collaborating with other teachers and pastors.  His collaborative projects include The Book of Psalms (NICOT; with Beth Tanner and Nancy deClaissé-Walford), Invitation to the Psalms (with Karl Jacobson), Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms (with five fellow Luther Seminary graduates), and Crazy Book: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms (with Hans Wiersma and Karl Jacobon). He is also the author of The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Old Testament: Israel’s In-Your-Face, Holy God. His scholarly interests include the Psalms, prophets, biblical theology, biblical narrative, and preaching the Old Testament.

 

His voice can be heard on two weekly preaching podcasts, “Sermon Brainwave” and “The Narrative Lectionary,” as well as singing the high lonesome with a Lutheran bluegrass band, “The Fleshpots of Egypt.”  

 

A survivor childhood cancer, he is a double, above-the-knee amputee, who generally wears a bicycle and a smile.  He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his beloved wife Amy, their children Ingrid and Gunnar, and a cat who thinks he is a dog. He is a loyal friend, lifelong sufferer of Minnesota sports, and committed board-game geek.

 

Jacobson earned a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, an M.Div. from Luther Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Courses

OT 1160 01PSALMS January Term 2018-2019

This course introduces students to the God of the Psalter and role of the psalms in the life of faith. Students are introduced to the interpretation of Hebrew poetry as well as the theological interpretation and analysis of the main types of psalms. Consideration is given to the use of psalms in Christian worship, preaching ministry, hymnody and spirituality. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED.

OT 0120 01PROPHETS AND POETRY Summer Term 2017-2018

An introduction to selected prophetic and poetic books. Attention is paid to major theological themes, texts, figures and genres of both the prophetic and poetic books. Attention is also paid to hermeneutical and exegetical issues regarding interpreting Hebrew poetry and prophecy. Texts are studied in order to equip students to interpret them for the sake of Christian life and ministry. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew for M.Div students. NO prerequisite for M.A. students or M.Div. students who choose to take the Spanish for Ministry language option. Equivalency: OT0110 Biblical Exegesis OR SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses II

OT 1160 01PSALMS Spring Semester 2017-2018

This course introduces students to the God of the Psalter and role of the psalms in the life of faith. Students are introduced to the interpretation of Hebrew poetry as well as the theological interpretation and analysis of the main types of psalms. Consideration is given to the use of psalms in Christian worship, preaching ministry, hymnody and spirituality. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew

OT 4197 96 RSGUIDED READING AND RESEARCH Spring Semester 2017-2018

Guided reading course for qualified students under the personal supervision of a member of the Old Testament Division. Consult faculty within division.

CD 1639 01LAW AND GOSPEL Fall Semester 2017-2018

An examination of the theological, biblical, and pastoral dimensions of the law-and-gospel distinction and how that distinction informs the task of interpreting and confessing Christ in a changing world. Law and gospel is introduced as a fruitful hermeneutical expectation. The theological, confessional, and existential aspects of the law-and-gospel distinction are introduced and examined--including the various uses of the law and the wide range of gospel proclamation. Special attention is given to the complexities of the law/gospel distinction in relation to pastoral ministry.

OT 0120 50PROPHETS AND POETRY - ONLINE Fall Semester 2017-2018

An introduction to selected prophetic and poetic books. Attention is paid to major theological themes, texts, figures and genres of both the prophetic and poetic books. Attention is also paid to hermeneutical and exegetical issues regarding interpreting Hebrew poetry and prophecy. Texts are studied in order to equip students to interpret them for the sake of Christian life and ministry. Full course Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew for M.Div students. NO prerequisite for M.A. students or M.Div. students who choose to take the Spanish for Ministry language option. Equivalency: OT0110 Biblical Exegesis OR SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses II

BP 7531 01PREACHING AS THE WORD IN CONTEXT DMIN Session - BP 2017-2018

An exploration of preaching as a word of God addressed within Christian worship to a particular time and place. Participants reflect on the way sermons offer a reading or interpretation of the sermon's audience as much as they offer a reading of a biblical text. Attention is paid to the relation of text and context at each stage of sermon development. Course meets June 4-8, 2018 in GH104.

OT 1162 01PREACHING THE OLD TESTAMENT STORY Spring Semester 2016-2017

An examination of critical issues and practices related to preaching that addresses the broad narrative arc of the Old Testament. Topics covered include preaching and interpretation of narrative texts, hermeneutical challenges related to constructing an Old Testament narrative, exploration of alternative lectionaries and liturgies and the theological significance of the Old Testament as Christian scripture. Prerequisite: SG0701 / SG0702 - Scripture and Its Witnesses and LG0110 - Biblical Hebrew MAY FULFILL PREACHING ELECTIVE

OT 1160 01PSALMS January Term 2016-2017

This course introduces students to the God of the Psalter and role of the psalms in the life of faith. Students are introduced to the interpretation of Hebrew poetry as well as the theological interpretation and analysis of the main types of psalms. Consideration is given to the use of psalms in Christian worship, preaching ministry, hymnody and spirituality. Prerequisite: SG0701 OR SG0702 - Scripture and Its Witnesses or equivalent J-TERM 2016-2017 - HEBREW NOT REQUIRED; STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE SG0701 PRIOR TO TAKING THIS OT COURSE

BP 7531 01PREACHING AS THE WORD IN CONTEXT DMIN Session - BP 2016-2017

An exploration of preaching as a word of God addressed within Christian worship to a particular time and place. Participants reflect on the way sermons offer a reading or interpretation of the sermon's audience as much as they offer a reading of a biblical text. Attention is paid to the relation of text and context at each stage of sermon development. COURSE MEETS JUNE 5-9, 2017

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