Professor Christopher Ocker

Professor Christopher Ocker

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

MDiv (Fuller Theological Seminary), ThM, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Before coming to IRCI, Christopher Ocker was Chair of the Department of Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and Professor of History at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has also served as associate director of the GTU’s Center for Hermeneutical Studies, co-director of the Center for Religion and Culture, coordinator of the Muilbenburg-Koenig History of Religion Seminar at SFTS, and visiting professor of religion and history at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a fellow of the Institute of European History in Mainz and a von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for History and the Institute for Advanced Study in Constance, and a visiting scholar at Cambridge and the American Academy in Rome. He has written Luther, Conflict, and Christendom: Reformation Europe and Christianity in the West (Cambridge 2018), Church Robbers and Reformers in Germany, 1525-1547 (Brill 2006), Biblical Poetics before Humanism and Reformation (Cambridge 2002), and Johannes Klenkok: A Friar’s Life, c. 1310-1374 (American Philosophical Society, 1993), along with numerous articles on Jewish-Christian conflict, the mendicant orders, the history of biblical interpretation, and the Reformation, and he was coordinating editor of the two-volume Politics and Reformations: Essays in Honor of Thomas A. Brady, Jr. (Brill, 2007). He is a member of the editorial board of Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions (Brill), an editor of The Journal for the Bible and Its Reception (De Gruyter), an associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (Oxford), and an editor or Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte (De Gruyter).

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