Peter Hansson Hognestad was born as a farmer's son at Time in the traditional region of Jæren in Rogaland. He grew up in the village of Hognestad. He passed Matriculation in 1886 and was graduated with a degree in in theology in 1891 from the University of Oslo. In 1895, he was awarded the King's Gold Metal (Kongens gullmedalje) issued by the University of Olso for his research work linked to the Old Testament.
From 1896 to 1903, he worked at a teacher's school in Notodden in Telemark. From 1903-1908, he served as a chaplain in Oslo. Hognestad served as bishop of the Diocese of Bjørgvin from 1916. He translated biblical texts into Nynorsk, and was chief editor of the Nynorsk translation of the Bible from 1921. In 1925, he was co-editor of the psalm book Nynorsk salmebok together with Bernt Støylen and Anders Hovden.
- Tekstbok og altarbok for Den norske kyrkja (1908)
- Meiningar om Jesus (1907)
- Det gamle testamen)
- Daapskristendom og vekkjingskristendom (1918)
- Hovudredaktør for Studentmållagsbibelen (1921)
- Kyrkja er mor (1925)
- Nynorsk salmebok (1925)
- Olsok; med minne og maning (1930)
- Gud styrer (1931)
- Kvila i Gud (1933)
- Peter Hognestad (Allkunne AS)
- Kongens gullmedalje (Museum for universitets- og vitenskapshistorie)
- "Peter Hansson Hognestad". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
- Haanes, Vidar L. "Peter Hognestad". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
- 1916-1931 Peter Hognestad (Biskopar i Bjørgvin bispedømme etter Reformasjonen)
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