Charles Bobertz

Charles Bobertz


Professor of Theology, 1993-

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:

  • 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)

Selected Publications:

Reading in Christian Communities

Readings in Christian Communities:

Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church

Charles A. Bobertz and David Brakke, eds.

(Notre Dame: Notre Dame Press, 2002).

"Dei Verbum," in The Liturgy Documents Volume Five (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013). 

"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) 57-72.

"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.

"Ritual Eucharist Within Narrative: A Comparison of Didache 9-10 with Mark 6:31-44; 8:1-9," Studia Patristica 44 (2010) 93-99.

“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 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.

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 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 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.