Bertil Gärtner

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Bertil Gärtner
Bishop of Gothenburg
ChurchChurch of Sweden
In office1970–1991
PredecessorBo Giertz
SuccessorLars Eckerdal
Ordination12 December 1948
Consecration4 October 1970
by Ruben Josefsson
Personal details
Bertil Edgar Gärtner

(1924-12-13)13 December 1924
Gothenburg, Sweden
Died20 September 2009(2009-09-20) (aged 84)
Onsala, Sweden
BuriedOnsala, Sweden
ParentsEdgar Gärtner and Karin Bolander
Spouse(1) Margit Hultin
(2) Eva Berntson
MottoServus Iesu Christi
Coat of armsBertil Gärtner's coat of arms

Bertil Edgar Gärtner (13 December 1924 – 20 September 2009) was a Swedish Lutheran bishop of Gothenburg (1970–1991) and professor of New Testament 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 and one of the Swedish church leaders opposing the ordination of women in the Church of Sweden, an episcopal Visitor of Societas Sanctae Birgittae from 1972-, Pro Ecclesia[2] from 1990-1997, Laurentiistiftelsen from 1997- and Markusstiftelsen from 1998-2009.


  • The Temple and the Community in Qumran and the New Testament
  • The Areopagus Speech and Natural Revelation
  • John 6 and the Jewish Passover
  • The Theology of the Gospel According to Thomas
  • Iscariot
  • Das Amt, der Mann und die Frau im Neuen Testament (Didaskolos: The Office, Man and Woman in the New Testament)


  1. ^ Biskop Bertil Gärtner avliden Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Dagens Nyheter, 20 September 2009. (Swedish)
  2. ^ "Kyrkjeleg Vestavind". Retrieved 2017-11-16.

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Religious titles
Preceded by Bishop of Gothenburg
Succeeded by