Charles Bobertz


Professor of Theology

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

Recent courses taught

THEO 111, The Biblical Tradition
THEO 202, Engaging Scripture
THEO 302, New Testament Theology
THEO 395, Advanced Seminar in Theology

Selected Publications

Readings in Christian Communities:

Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church

Charles A. Bobertz and David Brakke, eds.

(Notre Dame: Notre Dame Press, 2002).

"Cyprian, Cornelius, Novatian, Novatianism, Stephen I,"  The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, Volume One (Louisville: John Knox Press, 2008).

"Preparing the Season: Learning to Love," Rite Magazine 38.6 (2007) 5-7.

"Preparing the Season: Transforming the World," Rite Magazine 38.5 (2007) 5-7.

"Preparing the Season: Completing the Way," Rite Magazine 38.4 (2007) 5-7.

"Preparing the Season: Ordinary Time in Luke," Rite Magazine 38.3 (2007) 5-7.

"Living as the Body of Christ," Rite Magazine 38.3 (2007) 5-7.

"Preparing the Season: Easter and Pentecost," Rite Magazine 38.2 (2007) 5-7.

"Preparing the Season: Holy Week and Triduum," Rite Magazine 38.1 (2007) 5-7.

"Theological Education and the Diaconate," in The Deacon Reader, ed. James Keating (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2006) 141-155.

"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.


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  William Yarchin, History of Biblical Interpretation: A Reader. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 67 (2005) 705-706.

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).

Recent presentations

"The Apostle Paul: Gospel and Ministry," as a featured speaker, Diocese of Winona Fall Ministry Gathering, October 24-25, 2008.

"Ritual Within Narrative: An Interpretive Clue to the Narrative Structure of Mark's Gospel,"  Catholic Biblical Association, August 2008.

"Understanding the Bible," Church of St. Teresa, Deep Haven, Minn., 15 Lectures, January-May 2008

"The Passion Narratives," Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Minn. (four lectures), March-April, 2008

"Preaching Lectionary Cycle A," Workshop for Priests and Deacons of the Orlando Diocese, November 6-7, 2007

"Ritual Performance: Narrative Resurrection in the Gospel of Mark," Society of Biblical Literature, November 2006.

"The Present State of Cyprian Studies." North American Patristic Society, June 2005.

Professional activities

Saint John's University Faculty Research Grants 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Vocations Grant: "Theological Education and the Diaconate," received April 2005.