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Durham University

St John's College

Dorothea Bertschmann

My name is Dorothee Bertschmann, pronounced with a German accent. I am from Switzerland, where I was brought up and educated. I read Theology in Bern and Oxford, developing early on a special interest in Church History and New Testament Studies. After my ordination in 2002 I served a rural parish in the Swiss Reformed church.

From 2007 to 2012 I did further academic work in Durham, first a Biblical Masters program followed by a PhD, which was supervised by Prof. Barclay and Prof. Insole. My thesis was published this summer as “Bowing before Christ, nodding to the state? Reading Paul politically with Oliver O’Donovan and John Howard Yoder”.

This October I happily started my second year as a lecturer in New Testament at the Theology department in Durham. My special interests are in Pauline Theology, Political Theology, Reception History, and Theological Ethics. My next major research project will deal with the theme of hospitality in the Gospel of Luke.

Besides my studies I enjoy walks in the countryside, classical music, reading novels and working with children. 

I also like to join the Cranmer people for lunch, prayers and worship from time to time and I thank them for their hospitality and friendliness.

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.