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Mr Jeremy Bergstrom, MDiv, MTh

Augustine on Marriage and the Subordinating Work of Totus Christus in the Department of Theology and Religion

Current Research

My thesis demonstrates how Augustine's reflection on the sacrament of marriage provides him with a useful framework for articulating the subjecting work of Christ, subordinating all things spiritual and corporeal to the Father.

My research here at Durham has ranged widely in Augustine, including his thoughts on marriage, gender, sacramentality, hermeneutics, pedagogy and rhetoric.

I have also audited the following Masters-level modules at Durham: The Theological Anthropology of the Fathers, Christian Gender, The Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Christian Northumbria 600-800, The Anglican Theological Vision, and The Practice of Theology in the Catholic Tradition.


My teaching and research interests lie in early Church theology and practice generally, especially in: Christology, asceticism, early notions of Christian marriage, and exegesis.  I also have strong interest in the theological interpretation of Scripture.


Before coming to Durham I was at St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary in New York, where I was awarded the MTh for 1) general research in Greek and Syriac Patristics, and 2) a 50k word thesis on the Theological Anthropology of Gregory of Nyssa, supervised by Fr John Behr.

My theological studies began at Southeastern Baptist Seminary, where I received an MDiv in Adv Biblical Studies. Beginning with Scripture, my focus widened while at SEBTS to include Historical Theology under Dr Steven McKinion.

Research Interests

  • Asceticism
  • Augustine
  • Christology
  • Early Christian notions of marriage
  • Gregory of Nyssa
  • Hermeneutics
  • The Intersection of Classical Rhetoric and Christianity
  • The Theological Interpretation of Scripture