Ben C. Ollenburger, PhD

Professor of Biblical Theology

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Ben Ollenburger is a storyteller. This gift often inspires both laughter and new insight. He also pursues the work of theology with passion and discipline. He was a lay leader in the Princeton House Church, 1980–86. He has had various publishing roles, including work as an editor and writer, contributing to popular and scholarly publications. He was an instructor at Tabor College, 1975–77, and at Princeton Theological Seminary, 1980–82, and assistant professor of Old Testament at Princeton, 1982–87.


  • Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1982
  • M.A., Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 1975
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach, 1973

Teaching philosophy

"It is the constructive task of biblical theology to help the church discern what it must say and do today on the basis of what God has done for the church and the world. It is the critical task of biblical theology to engage with the church in testing the faithfulness of its confession, its reflection, and its witness. It is in preaching that these tasks are joined and carried out publicly, and it is in rigorous study of the Hebrew and Greek Bible that preaching has its foundation, and hence its credibility and integrity."

What students can expect in my course

Lecture and discussions

Community and professional engagements


  • “Creation and Peace: God and Creature in Genesis 1–11” in The Old Testament in the Life of God’s People: Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens (Eisenbrauns, 2009)
  • “Pursuing the Truth of Scripture: Reflections on Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Divine Discourse” in But Is It All True? The Bible and the Question of Truth (Eerdmans, 2006)
  • Old Testament Theology: Flowering and Future (Eisenbrauns, 2004), editor
  • A Mind Patient and Untamed: The Theological Legacy of John Howard Yoder (Cascadia and Herald, 2004), co-editor with Gayle Gerber Koontz
  • “The Pastor as Prophet” in The Heart of the Matter: Pastoral Ministry in Anabaptist Perspective (Cascadia, 2004)