Dr. John Bergsma

Catholic Biblical Scholar and Theologian


I am Dr. John Bergsma, Full Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. I grew up Protestant (Dutch Calvinist) and served as a pastor for four years before becoming Catholic in 2001 while getting a Ph.D. in Scripture from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana).

I completed my doctoral work on the Year of Jubilee in 2004, and have been teaching in Steubenville ever since. I specialize in Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. I also specialize in taking care of my wife and seven children. We live in Steubenville, Ohio, about a mile from the university.

"A must for anyone wanting to learn more about Jesus and the early Church."  ~Kevin Cotter

"You will come to see the Bible in a whole new light, and find yourself reading it -- with greater wisdom and insight -- for the rest of your life."  ~Dr. Scott Hahn

This website has been set up as a forum for me to provide information about my scholarship and other activities for students (current and former), friends, colleagues, acquaintances, folks who've heard me speak, and anyone else who's curious. From time to time I may also post information of general interest, links to sites I think are valuable and important, or scholarship not available elsewhere.

On this site you will also find links to my CDs and DVDs on biblical topics available from Catholic Productions. If you are interested in having me come speak live to your parish, conference, or some other venue, you can fill out the online form here and a Catholic Productions representative will be in touch shortly thereafter.

My hope is that this website, and everything that I do, may help to spread the knowledge of Christ and build up His Church.

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