Associate Professor of Theology

Chair, Department of Theology

Arts and Sciences Building 312
219.464.6881
mark.bartusch@valpo.edu

Biography

Professor Bartusch began teaching in the Theology Department in 2000.  He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and served as a parish pastor for four years in Portage, WI.

His area of scholarly work and teaching is TaNaKh, what Christians refer to as the Old Testament.  He has a special interest in creation stories in and beyond the Bible, the prophets of ancient Israel, Israel’s wisdom literature, and in classical Hebrew poetry.  He is also keenly aware of and attentive to the significance of the various contexts (social, religious, political, literary) not only in which the Bible was written and transmitted, but also in which we read and seek to understand the Bible today.

His dissertation, Understanding Dan: An Exegetical Approach to Dan in the Biblical Traditions, was published in 2003 by Sheffield Academic Press. His article “From Honor Challenge to False Prophecy: Rereading Jeremiah 28’s Story of Prophetic Conflict in Light of Social-Science Models” appears in Currents in Theology and Mission. He has written book reviews for Biblical Theology Bulletin and Currents in Theology and Mission.  He has also been a presenter at the Lutheran Summer Assembly in Lakeside, OH; the Hartwick Summer Institute of Theology in Oneonta, NY; and written confirmation materials for Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

Outside the classroom and office, Professor Bartusch is involved in the Valpo Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, where he serves as treasurer. He participates regularly in the worship life of a local congregation and the Chapel of the Resurrection on campus, and serves as an occasional pulpit supply pastor (preacher) in the area. In addition, he serves on the admissions committee of the Lutheran Deaconess Association.

Education

PhD 2001 The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
ThM 1996 The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
MDiv 1990 The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
BA 1986 Valparaiso University

1990 Ordained, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rostered Clergy, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA

Contributions

Review of Jeremy Schipper, Ruth: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary The Anchor Yale Bible. Yale University Press, 2016. (forthcoming in Currents in Theology and Mission) 2016.

Review of Douglas John Hall, What Christianity is Not: An Exercise in Negative Theology. Cascade, 2013. in Currents in Theology and Mission (41:6). 2014.

“The Decalogue,” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics, Robert Brawley, editor. Oxford University Press. 2013.

Review Essay: Ehrman, Bart D. God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question – Why We Suffer. New York: HarperOne, 2008. Journal of Lutheran Ethics (on-line at www.elca.org/jle). 2011.

“From Honor Challenge to False Prophecy: Rereading Jeremiah 28’s Story of Prophetic Conflict in Light of Social-Science Models.” Currents in Theology and Mission 36:4. 2009.

Book Review: Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow, The Last Lecture. Valparaiso University, Department of English, Books and Coffee series. 2009.

“How Can We Understand the Genesis Accounts of Creation in a Scientific World?” Darwin Bicentennial Celebration. Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN. 2009.

Review of Jack R. Lundbom, Jeremiah 1-20: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (AB; New York: Doubleday, 1999). Currents in Theology and Mission. 2004

Understanding Dan: An Exegetical Approach to Dan in the Biblical Traditions, JSOTSup 379. Sheffield Academic Press. 2003.

Bible Backgrounds: Waterlife Confirmation Resources – Old Testament Leader Guide (Fall 2001, Spring 2002). Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

Interests

  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
  • Biblical Interpretation, Theology, and History
  • Wisdom Literature in the Bible and in the Ancient Near East
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Biblical Hebrew Poetry
  • Social Study of the Bible/Social-Scientific Criticism
  • History, Religions and Literatures of the Ancient Near East
  • New Testament Studies

Courses Taught

  • THEO 200: The Christian Tradition
  • THEO 315: The Prophets
  • FLH 101-102: Biblical Hebrew
  • FLH 495 Supervised Reading and Research in Hebrew
  • CORE 110-115: The Human Experience

Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • Institutional Representative, American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Archaeological Institute of America
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