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To give the meaning of Scripture is to explain it in light of God's plan, whose focal point is Jesus Christ.
--Yves Congar, The Meaning of Tradition (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2004), 86

Welcome to my website! I am Dr. John Bergsma, Associate 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.

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 may
contact Catholic Productions directly to make arrangements.

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

God bless,

John Bergsma


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