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Ben C. Ollenburger, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology

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PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1982
MA, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 1975
BA, California State University, Long Beach, 1973

About Ben

Ben Ollenburger, PhD, 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.

Ben retired from AMBS in December 2018 after 31 years of service. Read about Ben’s contributions.

What are some of the pressing challenges facing current and future Christian leaders and scholars?

One large challenge: Remaining faithful to Jesus Christ.

What can students expect in your classroom?

Lecture and discussions.

My goal for students

I want students to know the Bible more deeply and love God more truly.

I want them to leave AMBS with the ability to communicate the gospel.

I value the character of this community—deeply committed to teaching and learning, to caring for and educating our students well, to loving each other and the church, and to doing our work together in worship of the triune God. 


“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)

Memberships and Associations

  • Society of Biblical Literature