Bertil Gärtner

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Bertil Gärtner
Bishop of Gothenburg
Church Church of Sweden
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Uppsala
Diocese Diocese of Gothenburg
In office 1970–1991
Predecessor Bo Giertz
Successor Lars Eckerdal
Ordination 12 December 1948
Consecration 4 October 1970
by Ruben Josefsson
Personal details
Birth name Bertil Edgar Gärtner
Born (1924-12-13)December 13, 1924
Gothenburg, Sweden
Died September 20, 2009(2009-09-20) (aged 84)
Onsala, Sweden
Buried Onsala, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Denomination Lutheran
Parents Edgar Gärtner and Karin Bolander
Spouse (1) Margit Hultin
(2) Eva Berntson
Motto Servus Iesu Christi

Bertil Edgar Gärtner (13 December 1924 – 20 September 2009) was a Swedish Lutheran bishop of Gothenburg (1970–1991), and professor of New Testament's exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary, United States.[1]

In 1969 Gärtner became provost of Gothenburg cathedral and on 24 July 1970 bishop of the Lutheran diocese of Gothenburg. Like his predecessor Bo Giertz, Gärtner was theologically conservative and High Church. He was the writer of a number of books about the ministry of the Church as well as on New Testament subjects. He was one of the Swedish church leaders opposing the ordination of women in the Church of Sweden. He was also an episcopal Visitor of Societas Sanctae Birgittae from 1972-, Pro Ecclesia[2] from 1990-1997, Laurentiistiftelsen from 1997-, and Markusstiftelsen from 1998-2009.


  1. ^ Biskop Bertil Gärtner avliden Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Dagens Nyheter, 20 September 2009. (Swedish)
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Religious titles
Preceded by
Bo Giertz
Bishop of Gothenburg
Succeeded by
Lars Eckerdal