Who is Dr John Bergsma?

by Charbel Raish

Dr John Bergsma

This coming July from the 18th to the 23rd Dr John Bergsma will be visiting Australia. He will be giving a range of biblical talks in parishes and study groups. Who is this man and why are we so privelaged to have him visit this country? I hope you enjoy the read below of his bio and visit his website www.johnbergsma.com.

Dr. John Bergsma is Full Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Steubenville, Ohio. He holds the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001 while pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He specialized in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls, graduating with high honors in 2004. His major study of the interpretation of the Year of Jubilee in ancient times is published as The Jubilee from Leviticus to Qumran (Brill Academic, 2007).

Bergsma at a Pulpit

Dr. Bergsma’s articles, some co-authored with Dr. Scott Hahn, have appeared in several academic journals as well as Lay Witness, the magazine of Catholics United for the Faith, and he has published two books, Bible Basics for Catholics (Ave Maria Press, 2012) and New Testament Basics for Catholics(Ave Maria Press, 2015). He also has several Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3.

Additionally, he has appeared as a guest on EWTN’s The Journey Home, Franciscan University Presents, and Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show. Twice voted Faculty of the Year by graduating classes of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Dr. Bergsma is a popular teacher who inspires his students with a love of Scripture. He and his wife Dawn reside with their eight children in Steubenville, Ohio.

I have taken a snippet of qualifications from his CV link on his website. The full list is now up at http://parousiamedia.com/dr-john-bergsma/

EDUCATION
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1999–2004
• Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology, May 2004
• Dissertation: “The Jubilee from Leviticus to Qumran”
• Dissertation Director: Dr. James C. VanderKam
• Dissertation Defended with High Honors March 2004

Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1998–1999
• Master of Theology (Th.M.), May 1999
• Thesis: “Normativity in Walter Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament

Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1992–1998
• Master of Divinity (M.Div.), May 1998

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1989–1992
• Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Classical Languages, December 1993


PUBLICATIONS
Books:
New Testament Basics for Catholics (Ave Maria Press, 2015)
Bible Basics for Catholics (Ave Maria Press, 2012)
The Jubilee from Leviticus to Qumran: A History of Interpretation (Vetus Testamentum Supplements 115; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007).

To know more about Dr John Bergsma feel free to visit his site www.johnbergsma.com

Here is an interview he did on the Journey Home along with a talk from one of the many conferences he speaks at.