Faculty Directory

Christopher Ocker

Interim Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of the History of Christianity

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
1991; on leave 2019-2021
Degrees and Certifications

ThM and PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary



Research and Teaching Interests
  • Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • The Reformation
  • The History of the Interpretation of the Bible
  • The History of Theology
  • Religious Conflict and Pluralism
  • The Entanglement of Religions
Selected Publications


  • Luther, Conflict, and Christendom: Reformation Europe and Christianity in the West, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

  • Politics and Reformations: Histories and Reformations—Essays in Honor of Thomas A. Brady, Jr. (Coordinating editor with co-editors Michael Printy, Peter Starenko, Peter Wallace), E.J. Brill, 2007.

  • Church-Robbers and Reformers in Germany, 1525-1547, E.J. Brill, 2006.

  • Biblical Poetics before Humanism and Reformation, Cambridge University Press, 2002.


  • “After the Peasants War: Barbara von Fuchstein Fights for Her Property.” Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Reforme, special issue on the early Reformation, edited by Robert Bast and Andrew Colin Gow 40.4(2017).

  • “Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, ed. Derek Nelson, Paul Hinlicky. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

  • “Explaining Evil and Grace,” Oxford Handbook of the Reformation, ed. Ulinka Rublack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

  • "After Beryl Smalley: Thirty Years of Medieval Exegesis, 1984-2013," Journal of the Bible and Its Reception 2, 2015.

  • "The Four Senses of Scripture," Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, De Gruter, 2014.

  • "The Physiology of Spirit in the Reformation: Medical Consensus and Protestant Theologians," Miracle Stories Revisited, Mohr Siebeck, 2013.