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Jonathan Bernier

B.A; M.A.; Ph.D.

Director, Lonergan Research Institute

jonathan.bernier@utoronto.ca
Room 240; ext. 210

Teaching Level: Basic Degree, GCTS Associate 
Specializations: New Testament, Lonergan & Scripture
Departments: 
Biblical

Jonathan Bernier completed undergraduate studies in anthropology at the University of Western Ontario, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies at McMaster University. In addition to serving on the Regis faculty, Jonathan is the executive director of the Lonergan Research Institute.

  • Research Interests and Expertise

    Jonathan is a New Testament scholar whose doctoral work focused upon the intersection of historical Jesus, the Gospel of John, and synagogue studies. His second book addressed matters of historical method, engaging specifically with the thought of Bernard Lonergan and Ben F. Meyer. He is currently working on a monograph that aims to evaluate the dates at which the twenty-seven books of the New Testament were written. When published, this will be the second monograph-length critical study on the dates of the New Testament books completed since the nineteenth-century. Once this work is complete, Jonathan intends to focus more fully upon the work of Lonergan and Meyer, as they relate to the development of early Christianity within its Second Temple Jewish milieu.

  • Courses

    • RGB 3611/6611—The Historical Study of Acts
    • RGB 5511—Methods for the Study of Early Christian Institutions

  • Selected publications

    • Rethinking the Dates of the New Testament. In preparation.
    • The Quest for the Historical Jesus after the Demise of Authenticity: Toward a Critical Realist Philosophy of History in Jesus Studies. Library of New Testament Studies 540. London: T&T Clark, 2016.
    • Aposynagōgos and the Historical Jesus in John: Re-thinking the Historicity of the Johannine Expulsion Passages. Biblical Interpretation Series 122. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

  • Currently Teaching