Rev. Dr. Douglas Oakman

Professor of Religion

Professor Oakman
Anderson University Center - Room 190
  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Small Groups Leader


  • Doctorate, Bible, New Testament, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley , CA, 1986
  • M.Div., Divinity, Christ Seminary - Seminex, St. Louis, MO, 1979
  • B.A. with Honors, Religion, University of Iowa, 1975

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Hebrew Bible
  • New Testament
  • History of the Bible
  • Historical Jesus
  • Social Scientific Criticism


  • The Political Aims of Jesus: Peasant Politics in Herodian Galilee, (Fortress Press, 2012) : View Book
  • Jesus and the Peasants (Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context), (Wipf & Stock, 2008) : View Book
  • Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts with co-author K. C. Hanson, (Fortress Press, 1998) : View Book
  • Jesus and the Economic Questions of His Day, (The Edwin Mellen Press, 1986) : View Book

Selected Presentations

  • Edgar Goodspeed Endowed Lecture, Two Kingdoms, One Table: Jesus in Political Perspective, Denison University, Granville, OH (March 2014)
  • Lutheran Studies Conference, Two Kingdoms, One Table: Jesus in Political Perspective, Pacific Lutheran University (2012)
  • Lutheran Studies Conference, What Has God to Do With Caesar? Lutheran Perspectives on Political Life, Pacific Lutheran University (2012)


  • Who's Who in America, 2010, 2015
  • K. T. Tang Excellence Award for Research, 2007
  • PLU Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service - 1993
  • Burlington Northern Faculty Excellence Award, 1993
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1975


Dr. Oakman is a Professor of Religion and published author. He helps to lead Theology on Tap, and he and his wife, Deborah, have been regular attenders of The University Congregation for many years.



  • Ham radio
  • Railroad history and operations
  • Building computers


Chair of Religion 1996-2003
Dean of Humanities 2004-2010