Dennis T. Olson - Princeton Theological Seminary
Dennis T. Olson professor

Dennis T. Olson

Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology


14 Mackay Campus Center

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Dennis T. Olson is the Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology and Chair of the Biblical Studies Department at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his MDiv from Luther Theological Seminary and his MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University. His academic interests are in literary approaches to Old Testament interpretation and Old Testament and biblical theology. He specializes in the Pentateuch and other narrative literature of the Old Testament. An ordained Lutheran minister, he has chaired the Convocation of Teaching Theologians for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Olson has served as a general acquisitions editor for the Society of Biblical Literature, a member of the Society of Biblical Literature Pentateuch steering committee, and he is currently the Pentateuch general editor for a thirty-volume project titled, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Walter de Gruyter).

Select Publications

  • The Book of Exodus in A Theological Biblical Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009), 27–40.
  • Zigzagging through Deep Waters: A Guide to Brevard Childs’ Cononical Exegesis of Scripture, in Word and World 29 (2009): 348–356.
  • “Moses” and “Sinai, Mount,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press, 2010), vol. 4, 142–152; vol. 5, 280–282.
  • “Literary and Rhetorical Criticism,” in Methods for Exodus—Methods in Biblical Interpretation (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 13–54.
  • “The Meaning of the Sabbath in the Old Testament,” in Sunday, Sabbath, and the Weekend: Managing Time in a Global Culture (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010)
  • “Genesis,” in The New Interpreter’s Bible One Volume Commentary (Abingdon Press, 2010).
  • “Numbers, Book of,” Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (Cambridge University Press, 2010).