Department ofReligion

Douglas Oakman

Douglas Oakman

Professor of New Testament

253-535-7317 (office)



B.A., University of Iowa, 1975

M.Div., Christ Seminary-Seminex, 1979

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 1986


Douglas E. Oakman has been with the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University since 1988. Prior to that he taught at Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was chair of the Religion Department from 1996-2003 and Dean of Humanities from 2004-2010. Oakman has published numerous articles applying the social sciences to biblical studies, is the author of Jesus and the Economic Questions of His Day (Edwin Mellen, 1986), with K. C. Hanson the award-winning Palestine in the Time of Jesus (Fortress Press, second edition 2008), Jesus and the Peasants (Cascade Books, 2008), and The Political Aims of Jesus (Fortress Press, 2012). During the 1990s, he participated in archaeological excavations at Jotapata and Cana in Galilee.