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Ole Kristian Hallesby

1879-1961. Norwegian theologian. Son of a farmer and originally deeply rooted in the Lutheran piety of the “Haugean” tradition (see Hauge, H.N.), he studied theology and adopted the outlook of the liberal school. In 1902 he experienced a conversion and reverted to the biblical faith and piety of his fathers. For some years he worked as an itinerant lay preacher and was the means of awakenings in several places. He was called to the chair of dogmatics at the Free Faculty of Theology and took the post after acquiring his doctorate in Berlin. From 1909 to 1952 he lectured on dogmatics and in a sense became the teacher of a whole generation of Norwegian ministers. As chairman of the Norwegian Lutheran Home Mission he exerted a great influence on lay Christians all over the country.