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Christopher Ocker   
Professor of Church History
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

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Biographical Information
To Christopher Ocker, Christianity is not merely a faith but also a culture produced by many histories. His classes teach students to know, respect, and intelligently use the church's manifold traditions across the world, and to analyze the way religion shapes and reflects social relationships, political behavior, and mentalities. Trained as a medievalist, Ocker’s research and publications focus on the Reformation, its background, and its impact. He is the author of Biblical Poetics before Humanism and Reformation (Cambridge 2002), Church Robbers and Reformers in Germany, 1525-1547 (Leiden 2006, runner-up for the first Gerald Strauss Prize of the Sixteenth Century Studies Society), and Johannes Klenkok: A Friar's Life, c. 1310-1374 (Philadelphia 1993). His many articles explore the intersection of theology, religious mentalities, politics, and social life between the year 300 and 1600. He was a coordinating editor of Politics and Reformations (2 vols., Leiden 2007), which one reviewer has called "required reading for all graduate students in early modern studies." Awarded fellowships by the Institute for European History in Mainz, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society, Ocker has been a visiting scholar of the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen, Germany, the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Constance, Cambridge University, and the American Academy in Rome. A member of the Graduate Theological Union's Core Doctoral Faculty, he also enjoys an affiliation with the History Department of the University of California at Berkeley, and he is currently the coordinator of SFTS’s Muilenburg-Koenig History of Religions Seminar.


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