Seminary in Oregon Hosts World-Renowned Old Testament Scholar

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Dr. Erhard Gerstenberger, a former Yale professor and author of 15 books on Old Testament theology, speaks at George Fox Evangelical Seminary Nov. 15

Old Testament Theologies and Pastoral Ministry

George Fox Evangelical Seminary invites the public to a free lecture featuring Dr. Erhard Gerstenberger, a world-renowned Old Testament scholar, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at the seminary’s Portland Center near Tigard, Ore.

Gerstenberger, a German theologian, has authored or edited 15 books and more than 100 articles on Old Testament studies, form criticism, Psalms and ritual studies, practical theology, feminist criticism and liberation theology. He has written in German, English and Portuguese.

Gerstenberger will speak on “Old Testament Theologies and Pastoral Ministry” in the seminary’s Old Testament introduction class.

“Dr. Gerstenberger’s work is nothing short of groundbreaking in the field of Old Testament studies,” said Roger Nam, assistant professor of biblical studies at the seminary in Oregon. “His visit to the seminary is a tremendous gift to the students and faculty.”

Gerstenberger’s book “Theologies in the Old Testament” brought attention to the need for understanding social structures embedded within ancient Israel to contextualize theology. He also made innovative use of form-critical studies to both Leviticus and the Psalms.

He has worked as a professor at Yale in the United States and at Giessen and Marburg universities in Germany. He also served as a pastor for the Evangelische Kirche in Germany and as a missionary to Brazil for nearly seven years. His experience in Brazil compelled him to raise the importance of liberation theology to the scholarly conversations in Europe.

Since his retirement in 1997, Gerstenberger lectures around the world and continues to study ancient Near Eastern languages and literature.

To learn more about his visit, contact Jean Miller at the seminary at 503-554-6150.

George Fox Evangelical Seminary offers a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in leadership and spiritual formation, global missional leadership, and semiotics and future studies. Also offered is a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts degrees in theological studies, spiritual formation and ministry leadership. Students also may earn a certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship.

Graduates of the seminary are trained for ministry inside and outside church walls. They work as pastors, church staff, hospice workers, and as military and hospital chaplains. Others successfully plant churches, including multi-ethnic congregations, and oversee denominational and parachurch ministries in the United States, Canada, England and South Africa.

A seminary education also prepares graduates for postgraduate academic degrees and teaching jobs in seminaries or colleges.

Specifics on seminary programs are available at

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Jean Miller
George Fox Evangelical Seminary


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