Theology Day

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

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.

Rev. Mr. 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.

Friday, February 9th


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Start time indicates when check-in begins; presentations begin about 30 minutes later.