Jesus in the Gospels: Why the Search for the Historical Jesus Makes No Sense for Catholics (and other Christians)

Deacon Charles Bobertz, Ph.D.

Sometimes it seems that every month there is a new book on Jesus in Barnes and Noble. In fact the search for the historical Jesus amongst scholars has been going on for over 150 years with little agreement to show for the effort.  This theology day presentation will explore the history of the search for the elusive Jesus of history followed by a provocative suggestion: the search for the historical Jesus makes no sense for Catholics. Instead we should focus on the Jesus presented to us in the Gospels, that is, the real Jesus.

Deacon Charles A. Bobertz received his B.A. from St. John’s University in 1980 (History and German) and his Master of Theological Studies degree (Scripture) from Harvard University in 1983. He received M.A., Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees (New Testament and Early Christianity) from Yale University in 1988. He was ordained to the diaconate for the diocese of St. Cloud in 1997. Deacon Bobertz has taught scripture and early church history at St. Michael's College (VT), Loyola College in Maryland and, since 1993, is professor of New Testament and Patristics at St. John's School of Theology and Seminary (MN). He is the editor, along with Professor David Braake, of Scripture and Early Christian Identity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002). His book on the Gospel of Mark entitled, The Gospel of Mark: A Liturgical Reading was published in 2016 by Baker Academic Press. Professor Bobertz has also published widely in leading theological journals. In addition to his University appointment deacon Bobertz preaches and teaches scripture in parish and clergy continuing education seminars throughout Minnesota and the United States. He currently serves as deacon for Pax Christi parish in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. His ministries there include regular preaching, baptisms, weddings, funerals and adult education. Deacon Bobertz and his wife Mary have two grown children, Sarah (27, Grants Pass, Oregon) and Thomas (25, Chanhassen, MN) and live in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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Dates & Locations

Saturday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus School and Parish Center, 1108 Lebanon Avenue, Belleville, IL 62221

Thursday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 505 N La Canada Dr, Green Valley, AZ 85614

Friday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, 11300 N. 64th Street Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Friday, March 16, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, St. John's University 31802 County Road 159 Collegeville, MN 56321

Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - St. Joseph the Worker 7180 Hemlock Lane N Maple Grove, MN 55369

Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Church of Saint Mary, 421 Hawthorne Street, Alexandria, MN 56308

Friday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, St. John's University 31802 County Road 159 Collegeville, MN 56321

Theology Days are a chance for people in our communities who are seeking a deeper understanding of their faith and its place in their everyday lives to learn from and interact with the theologians of Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary. It offers a chance for these scholars to gain insights and grow in their faith, as well.

A typical Theology Day consists of registration and refreshments, followed by a period of conversation/presentation/lecture. The conversation then continues as participants are given a chance to continue their discussions with one another. Morning presentations at Emmaus Hall are followed by a complimentary lunch for all participants, and most evening sessions include refreshments.

There is no fee for Theology Day, but registration is required. Free-will offerings and gifts to support the mission of the School of Theology and Seminary are gratefully accepted.

For more information, contact our Development Office at 320-363-3560 or [email protected].

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