Charles Bobertz

Charles Bobertz

 

Professor of Theology, 1993- present

B.A., Saint John's University, 1980; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 1983; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University, 1988

Ordained to the permanent diaconate, 1997

For a bio of Charles Bobertz for speaking engagements, please contact Charles directly by email:  

cbobertz@csbsju.edu

Recent courses taught:

  • Homiletics (Spring 2013)
  • Gospels (Summer 2012, Spring 2011)
  • Patristics (Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2008)
  • ThM Research Seminar (Fall 2012, Fall 2011)
  • The Johannine Tradition (Fall 2011, Summer 2008)
  • Pauline Letters (Fall 2012, Fall 2010, Summer 2010, Spring 2008)
  • Gospel of Matthew (Spring 2012, 2010)
  • Synoptic Gospels (Spring 2009)
  • Gospel of Mark (Spring 2013, Summer 2011, Fall 2008, Web course)

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Readings in Christian Communities: 

Essays on Interpretation in the Early ChurchCharles A. Bobertz and David Brakke, eds.(Notre Dame: Notre Dame Press, 2002).

Publications:

  • Bobertz, Charles A. A Liturgical Reading of the Gospel of Mark (Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming, 2015).
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "The Gospel According to Mark," 2015 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2014) vi-viii.  
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Dei Verbum," in The Liturgy Documents Volume Five (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013).  
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "The Biblical Basis for Understanding Lay Ecclesial Ministry: A Consideration of Spiritual Gifts and the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12-14)" In the Name of the Church, William Cahoy, ed. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012) 57-72.  
  • Bobertz. Charles A. "Our Opinion is in Accordance with the Eucharist and the Eucharist Confirms our Opinion: Irenaeus and the Sitz im Leben of Mark's Gospel," Studia Patristica 65 (2013) 79-90.  
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Ritual Eucharist Within Narrative: A Comparison of Didache 9-10 with Mark 6:31-44; 8:1-9," Studia Patristica 44 (2010) 93-99.  
  • Bobertz, Charles A."That by His Passion He Might Purify the Water": Ignatius of Antioch and the Beginning of Mark's Gospel. Foundation and Facets Forum 3 (2014) 91-98. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Preparing the Season: Holy Week and Triduum," Rite Magazine 38.1 (2007) 5-7. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Preparing the Season: Easter and Pentecost," Rite Magazine 38.2 (2007) 5-7. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Preparing the Season: Ordinary Time in Luke," Rite Magazine 38.3 (2007) 5-7. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Preparing the Season: Completing the Way," Rite Magazine 38.4 (2007) 5-7. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Preparing the Season: Transforming the World," Rite Magazine 38.5 (2007)  5-7. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Preparing the Season: Learning to Love," Rite Magazine 38.6 (2007) 5-7. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A.  "Living as the Body of Christ," Rite Magazine 38.3 (2007) 5-7. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Theological Education and the Diaconate," in The Deacon Reader, ed. James Keating (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2006) 141-155. 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. and David Brakke, eds. Reading in Christian Communities: Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002). 
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Cyprian; Cornelius; Novatian, Novatianism; Stephen I," in New Westminster Dictionary of Church History (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2008) ad loc
  • Bobertz, Charles A. "Religious Bodies and Organizational Forms: Christianity," in Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide, ed. Sarah Iles Johnston (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004) 323-324.  
  • "A Prolegomena to a Ritual/Liturgical Reading of Mark's Gospel," in Charles A. Bobertz and David Brakke, eds. Reading in Christian Communities: Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002) 174-187. 
  • "The Work of Rowan A. Greer: An Appreciation," in Charles A. Bobertz and David Brakke, eds. Reading in Christian Communities: Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002) 14-26. 
  • "The Development of Episcopal Order", in Eusebius, Christianity and Judaism, eds. Harold W. Attridge and Gohei Hata (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1992) 183-211. 
  • "The Historical Context of Cyprian's De Unitate", Journal of Theological Studies 5 (1990) 107-111. 
  • "For the Vineyard of the Lord of Hosts was the House of Israel: Cyprian of Carthage and The Jews", Jewish Quarterly Review 82 (1991) 1-15. 
  • "An Analysis of Vita Cypriani 3.6-10 and the Attribution of Ad Quirinum to Cyprian of Carthage", Vigiliae Christianae 46 (1992) 112-128. 
  • "The Role of Patron in the Cena Dominica of Hippolytus' Apostolic Tradition", Journal of Theological Studies 44 (1993) 170-184. 
  • "Patronage Networks and the Study of Ancient Christianity", Studia Patristica 24 (1993) 20-27. 
  • "Patronal Letters of Commendation: Cyprian's Epistulae 38-40", Studia Patristica 31 (1997) 252-259. 
  • "Ritual and the Study of the Bible", St. John's School of Theology Newsletter, Spring/Summer 1996.

Reviews:

  • Review of Peter Richardson, ed., Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity. 2 vols. Patristics 28 (1989) 2-3.
  • Review of G.W. Clarke, The Letters of St. Cyprian. Vol. 4. Religious Studies Review (Fall, 1990). 
  • Review of Klaus Wengst, Pax Romana and the Peace of Jesus Christ. Second Century 7 (1990) 188-190. 
  • Review of R.P.C. Hanson, Studies in Christian Antiquity. Second Century 8 (1991) 51-55. 
  • Review of Eunice Dauterman Maguire, et al., Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House. Journal of Early Christian Studies 2 (1994) 467-468. 
  • Review of Bruno Steimer, Vertex Traditionis: Die Gattung der altchristlichen Kirchenordnungen. Critical Review of Books in Religion 7 (1994) 374-376. 
  • Review of Leslie J. Hoppe, The Synagogues and Churches of Ancient Palestine. Worship 70 (1999) 91-94. 
  • Review of David Rankin, Tertullian and the Church. Pro Ecclesia 7 (1998) 499-500. 
  • Review of Joseph F. Kelly, The World of the Early Christians. Church History 67 (1998) 351-353. 
  • Review of Birger Pearson, The Emergence of the Christian Religion. Church History  68 (1999) 420-422. 
  • Review of Paul L. Danove, Linguistics and Exegesis in the Gospel of Mark: Applications of a Case Frame Analysis and Lexicon. Review of Biblical Literature (2004).  
  • Review of  William Yarchin, History of Biblical Interpretation: A Reader. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 67 (2005) 705-706. 
  • Review of Kathleen Biddick, The Typological Imaginary: Circumcision, Technology and History. Church History (forthcoming).  
  • Review of Eugen J. Pentiuc, Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 69 (2007) 337-338.    
  • Review of John David Dawson, Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity. Church History 75 (2006) 161-163. 
  • Review of Ramsay MacMullen, The Second Church: Popular Christianity A.D. 200-400. Review of Biblical Literature (2/3/2010).  
  • Review of Roger Pearce, ed., Eusebius of Caesarea: Gospel Problems and Solutions (Review of Biblical Literature (9/7/2012). 
  • Review of Robert C. Hill, Reading the Old Testament in Antioch. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 72 (2010) 112-113.

Professional Conference Papers:

  • "The Cena Dominica in the Apostolic Tradition: A Social Historical Analysis." Northeast Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, March, 1986.
  • "Cyprian of Carthage as Patron." Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society, May 1988. 
  • "The Ad Quirinum as a Source of Biblical Citation in the Treatises of Cyprian of Carthage." Annual Meeting of the International Society of Biblical Literature, August 1988. 
  • "Patron-Client Relationships and the Study of Ancient Christianity." Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, August 1988. 
  • "A Third Aspect: The Role of Patron and Client in pre-Constantinian Episcopal Elections." Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, History of Christianity Section, November 1988. 
  • "The Early Episcopal Career of Cyprian of Carthage." Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society, May 1989. 
  • "For the Vineyard of the Lord of Hosts was the House of Israel: Cyprian of Carthage and The Jews." Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, History of Christianity Section, November 1989. 
  • "Priest as Patron: The Relationship Between Eucharist and the Articulation of Authority in the Earliest Christian Congregations." Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 1990. 
  • "Feminism, Marxism and the Language of Theology." Annual Meeting of the American Society of Church History, December 1990. 
  • "Patronage Networks and the Study of Ancient Christianity." Oxford International Patristics Conference, August 1991. 
  • "Patronesses and the Bishop: Cyprian and the Wealthy Women of Carthage." Annual Meeting of the North American Patristic Society, May 1992. 
  • "The Reading and Misreading of Scripture in the Testimonia." Semi-Annual Meeting of the Westar Institute, October 1992. 
  • "Almsgiving as Patronage: The Role of Patroness in Early Christianity." American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 21-24 November 1992. 
  • "The Role of Patron in the Cena Dominica of Hippolytus' Apostolic Tradition." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 21-24 November 1992. 
  • "Postmodernism and the Interpretation of the Episcopal Career of Cyprian at Carthage." North American Patristic Society Annual Meeting, May 1994. 
  • "Toward a Catholic Interpretation of Scripture." School of Theology Faculty Colloquium, June 1995. 
  • "Patronal Letters of Commendation: Cyprian's Epistulae 38-40." Oxford International Conference on Patristic Studies, August 1995. 
  • "Prolegomena to a Liturgical Reading of the Gospel of Mark." Annual Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, August 1996. 
  • "Response to David Power's The Eucharistic Mystery," Annual Meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, June 1997. 
  • "And He Saw the Heavens Opened: Considerations Concerning the Ritual Location of the Markan Gospel," Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, April 1998. 
  • "The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative as Autobiography: The Possibility of Liturgical Hermeneutics in Reading Mark's Gospel," Annual Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, August 2002. 
  • "The Place of Ritual in a Consideration of the Implied Audience of Mark," Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 2002.  
  • "That By His Passion He Might Purify the Water Ignatius of Antioch and the Beginning of Mark's Gospel," Oxford International Patristics Meeting, August 2003.  
  • "The Present State of Cyprian Studies." North American Patristic Society, June 2005. 
  • "Ritual Performance: Narrative Resurrection in the Gospel of Mark," Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 2006.  
  • "Ritual Within Narrative: An Interpretive Clue to the Narrative Structure of Mark's Gospel," Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting, August 2008. 
  • "Ritual Baptism and the Opening of Mark's Gospel," Annual Meeting of the Westar Institute, March 2010.  
  • "The Biblical Basis for Understanding Lay Ecclesial Ministry: A Consideration of Spiritual Gifts and the Body of Christ," National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, August 2011.  
  • "The Liturgical Purpose of Mark's Gospel," Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting, August 2014.

Representative Sample of Professional Lectures in the Community:

  • "Interpreting the Bible in the Church," Lecture Series, Annual Clergy Retreat, Diocese of St. Cloud, Arrowwood Conference Center, Oct. 1995.
  • "Preaching in the Liturgical Assembly," Hour Workshop, Continuing Education Program for Deacons of the St. Cloud Diocese, May 1998. 
  • "The History of the Eucharist," St. Boniface Church, Cold Spring (Fall 1996). 
  • "What Are They Saying About the Dead Sea Scrolls," Salem Lutheran Church Spring 1997. 
  • "How Catholics Read the Bible," St. Augustine's Parish Gift Program Fall 1997. 
  • "Catholics and the Bible," Assumption Church, Morris, Minnesota Fall 1997. 
  • "The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church," Holy Spirit Church  January 1998. 
  • "What Are They Saying About the Gospel of Mark", Seminar for Continuing Education, St. John's School of Theology, January 2000. 
  • "'God the Father': The Creed in Our Church", Faith Formation Program, Immaculate Conception Church, Rice, Minnesota, November 2000.  
  • "Tour of the New Testament", Adult Education Forum, St. Mary's Basilica, Minneapolis, February 2001. 
  • "Christian Marriage," Family Life Forum, Church of the Holy Spirit, St. Cloud, Minnesota, February 2001. 
  • "A Liturgical Reading of the Gospels," Charis Ecumenical Center, Concordia College, Februray 2001. 
  • "Who Do You Say That I Am?" Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark," Church of the Sacred Heart GIFT Program, March 2001. 
  • "Overview of the Gospel of Luke," Basilica of Saint Mary Bible Study Program, March 2001. 
  • "Baptism in the New Testament," Diocese of Superior Spring Conference, April 2001. 
  • "Failed and Fallible Followers: Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark," Adult Education Forum, St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph,  MN, May 2001. 
  • "The Communion of Saints," Youth in Theology and Ministry Program, St. John's University School of Theology, June 2001. 
  • "Leadership in the Church," Youth in Theology and Ministry Program, St. John's University School of Theology, June 2001. 
  • "Ministerial All-Day Seminar: What Are They Saying About Mark?" Lifelong Learning Program, Saint John's School of Theology, July 2001. 
  • "Liturgically Reading Scripture in Faith Formation," Life Long Learning Seminar, St. Benedict Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, November 2001.  
  • "Four Gospels One Church," St. Joseph Church Waite Park Gift Program, February 2002. 
  • "Gospel Reflections on Lent," St. Joseph Church New Hope, Parish Retreat Program, February 2002.  
  • "Liturgy and Social Justice," Youth in Theology and Ministry Program General Lecture, June 2002.  
  • "The Pachal Mystery," Holy Redeemer Church GIFT Program, April 2003. 
  • "Mary Magdalene in the Church's Tradition," Basilica Outreach Program, May 2004. 
  • "Reading and Teaching the Bible," Diocese of Saint Cloud Workshop for Pastoral Ministers, June 2004.  
  • "Catholic Biblical Interpretation," Theology Day Program, Naples, Florida, February, 2005 
  • "Reading Mark," Theology Day Program, St. John's School of Theology, May and June, 2005.  
  • "The Bible and Human Suffering," Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Minnetonka, Minnesota, November 2004.  
  • "Triduum," Exploring All Things Catholic Program, Basilica of St. Mary, April 2005. 
  • "Catholics Read Scripture: Introduction to the New Testament," Diocese of New Ulm Foundations Program, February- April, 2005.  
  • "Scripture and the Church at Prayer," Holy Redeemer Parish Life Program, Marshall, MN, September 2005. 
  • "Luke's Gospel," St. Hubert's Parish, Chanhassen, MN, November 2006. 
  • "The Letter to the Romans," St. Edward's Church Adult Faith Formation Program, Bloomington, MN, October 2006.  
  • "Catholics and the Bible," Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Waseca, MN, February 2007. 
  • "Evangelicals, Catholics and the Bible," St. Mary's Church, Caledonia, MN, March 2007 
  • "Do Catholics Read the Bible Literally?" St. Joseph's Church, Owatonna, MN, October 2007 
  • "Preaching Lectionary Cycle A," Workshop for Priests and Deacons of the Orlando Diocese, November 6-7, 2007 
  • "Understanding the Bible," Church of St. Teresa, Deep Haven, MN, 15 Lectures, January-May 2008 
  • The Passion Narratives," Basilica of St. Mary (four lectures), March-April, 2008 
  • "Reading the Bible as Catholics," Our Lady of the Lakes Parish Community, Spicer, MN, April 2008 
  • "The Apostle Paul: Gospel and Ministry," Diocese of Winona Fall Ministry Gathering, October 24-25, 2008.  
  • "The Bible in Parish Catechesis and Formation," Keynote Address, National Association for Lay Ministry Annual Conference, May 28, 2009. 
  • "Beyond the Liberal versus Conservative Impasse: A Liturgical Reading of Scripture," Monastic Institute 2010, June 30, 2010. 
  • "Exploring Liturgical Time: The Lectionary," University of Notre Dame Liturgical Institute, June 16, 2010.  
  • "The Gospel of Mark," five public presentations, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Wayzata, MN, September - December 2010. 
  • "Catholics and the Bible," two sessions, St. Joseph Parish, New Hope, MN, October 2010.  "The New Testament," three full day workshops, Diocese of Winona Fall Ministry Gathering, October - November 2011.  
  • The Gospel of Mark, five part evening series, St. John Newman Parish, Egan, MN, November 2011 
  • The Gospel of Mark, five part evening series, St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph, MN, November 2011 
  • The Gospel of John, five part evening series, St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph, MN, March 2012 
  • Theology Day Presentation, St. John's School of Theology, "According to the Scriptures: How Scripture Came to Be Canon," March 2012.   
  • The Liturgical Reading of Scripture, Primary Presenter, Annual Conference for the Continuing Formation of Priests, Diocese of Grand Island, March 2014 
  • "Where Does the Bible Come From," Msgr. James Supple Lecture, Iowa State University, September 15, 2014.  
  • "The Synoptic Gospels," St. Katherine Drexel Parish Formation Program, October 26 and 29, 2014.  "An Overview of Church History," RCIA Program, Basilica of Saint Mary, October 28, 2015.  
  • "The Deacon as Preacher," Keynote Address on Preaching and the Diaconate Sponsored by the Dioceses of Orlando and St. Petersburg Florida, Sharing the Stage with Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, October 2014.  
  • Theology Day, The Liturgical Reading of the Gospel of Mark (five presentations 2014-2015)
Professional Academic Service:
  • President, Baltimore-Washington chapter of the Catholic Biblical Association, 1990
  • Executive Board Member of National Catholic Biblical Association 2013-2015
  • Editorial Board Member, of Acta Patristica et Byzantina, University of South Africa Press (current)
  • Secretary, North American Patristic Society (1990-93)
  • Member of the Society of Biblical Literature Sections on the Social History of Ancient Christianity and the Gospel of Mark (current)
  • Advisory Board Member, Phillips Institute for Jewish-Christian Learning, 2003-2010
  • Member of the International Committee for the Manichaean Codices of Medinet Madi (1989-93)
  • Core Participant, Task Force on the Gospel of Mark, Catholic Biblical Association, 2000-2013

Academic Service:

  • Director, Th.M. Program, School of Theology
  • Lilly Foundation Grant Faculty Consultations, Youth and Collaborative Ministry, 2001-2002
  • Advisory Board, Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning, 2000-2010
  • Diekmann Chair Advisory Committee (2000- present).

Memberships:

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Catholic Biblical Association of AmericaAmerican Academy of Religion
  • American Academy of Homiletics
  • Catholic Homiletic Society
  • North American Patristic Society
  • Minnesota Association for Patristic Study