2-05 Newman Theological College
10012 - 84 Street
Edmonton, AB, T6A 0B2
Phone: 780.392.2450 ext. 5234
Treasures of Our Faith - NTC Lunchtime Seminar Series
Recent and forthcoming publications
Chair of the Scripture, History and Foundation Department
Sacred Scripture, Patristic Theology, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianity
BA (First Class Hons) (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK); Ph.D. (University of Kent, UK).
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Courses taught at NTC
Dr Saulnier teaches in the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and Master of Theology (M.Th.) programs.
Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)
SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels
SCR 155 Pauline Literature
SCR 156 Johannine Literature
SCR 252 Psalms and Wisdom Literature
SCR 253 The Pentateuch (forthcoming Intersession 2013)
SCR 254 The Prophets (forthcoming Fall 2013)
FND 100 Early Church History (forthcoming Fall 2013)
FND 200 Patristic Theology
Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.); Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
LNG 491 A Introduction to Biblical Greek (I)
LNG 491 B Introduction to Biblical Greek (II)
BST 400 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation
BST 420 The Old Testament
BST 421 Matthew-Mark
BST 422 Luke-Acts
BST 423 Pauline Literature
BST 424 Johannine Literature
BST 433 The Pentateuch and Historical Books of the OT (forthcoming - Winter 2014)
BST 525 The World of the New Testament
BST 527 Deutero-Pauline Letters and other NT writings
BST 531 Prophets (forthcoming - Fall 2013)
BST 532 Psalms and Wisdom Literature
BST 533 The Pentateuch (forthcoming - Intersession 2013)
FTH 400 Early Church History (forthcoming - Fall 2013)
FTH 500 Patristic Theology
MTS 805 Bibliographical Study and Research Project Proposal [director]
MTS 900 MTS Research Project [director]
Master of Theology (M.Th.)
BST 635 Research and Methodology in Biblical Studies
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Religious Education programs:
Dr Saulnier also teaches in the Graduate Diploma in Religious Education (G.D.R.E)
Graduate Diploma in Religious Education (G.D.R.E.) / Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)
BST 420 Introduction to the Old Testament
REL 422 New Testament in Religious Education
Courses taught at other institutions
Introduction to World Religions - Eastern Traditions (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)
Introduction to World Religions - Western Traditions (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)
Introduction to the New Testament (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)
Introduction to Theology: Historical, Biblical (University of Notre Dame, IN)
Introduction à la bible et à l'église primitive (St. Joseph College, University of Alberta)
La formation théologique de l'enseignant catholique (St. Joseph College, University of Alberta)
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Dr. Saulnier’s teaching focuses on Sacred Scripture (principally the New Testament) and the world in which they came to be committed to writing (Second Temple Judaism, Graeco-Roman world). Dr. Saulnier presently teaches courses in Sacred Scripture, biblical languages, and Patristic Theology at Newman Theological College in undergraduate and graduate programs in Theology (B.Th.; M.T.S.; M.Div.; M.Th.) and in Religious Education (GDRE; MRE).
In the context of the vision and mission of Newman Theological College, a Roman Catholic School of Theology, an area of particular interest is that of biblical hermeneutics and the importance of acquiring an all-encompassing approach to the preparation of future exegetes of Sacred Scripture who are called by the Church, as lay faithful, Religious, or ordained ministers, to the task of interpreting the Christian Cannon of Scripture with the Mind of the Church.
To this end, an emphasis is put on three particular aspects of equal importance (cf. Dei Verbum par. 9-11), which fit under the wider umbrella of interpretation of Sacred Scripture with the Mind of the Church:
- Developing a mastery of the various approaches and modern scientific methods of interpretation of Sacred Scripture;
- An initiation to the interpretation of Sacred Scripture as practiced by the Church Fathers in order to interpret Sacred Scripture in light of Sacred Tradition;
- Acquiring an understanding of the developing Church’s perspective on the topic of the interpretation of Scripture by studying important contributions by the Church’s Magisterium.
Treasures of Our Faith Seminar Series
In 2010 Dr. Saulnier started a seminar on the writings of the Church Fathers. In 2012 this developed into the "Treasures of our Faith Seminar Series." To date this series covers two seminars: Sacred Scriptures, and Writings of the Church Fathers. A third serie, on the Second Vatican Council, is scheduled to start in January 2013. Each Seminar meets for an hour weekly during Term time at Newman Theological College. Seminars may be offered in French or in English and can accommodate up to twelve people per seminar, registration is free of charge (participants may need to purchase the particular texts read). Contact Dr. Saulnier to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writings of the Church Fathers:
Winter 2010 - St. Athanase Sur L'Incarnation du Verbe
Winter 2012 - Age of the Apostolic Fathers: the Didache; St Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to the Romans, Letter to the Ephesians); St Clement of Rome (First Letter to the Corinthians); The Martyrdom of St Ignatius; Protogospel of James
Intersession 2012 - The Apologists: St. Irenaeus of Lyons Against Heresies (Book I chapters 1 to 10; Book III chapters 1-8)
Fall 2012 - Greek Fathers of the Third Century: Origen (extracts from De Principiis)
Winter 2013 - The Cappadocian Fathers: St. Basil of Caesarea (On the Holy Spirit);
Intersession 2013 - The Cappadocian Fathers: St. Gregory Nazianzen (Letters on the Apollinarian Controversy); St. Gregory of Nyssa (That there are not Three gods)
Fall 2013 - The Latin Fathers: St Augustine of Hyppo (On Christian Doctrine)
Intersession 2012 - The Gospel of St. Mark
Fall 2012 - The Gospel of St. Matthew
Winter 2013 - St. Luke Book 1 - The Gospel
Intersession 2013 - St. Luke Book 2 - The Acts of the Apostles
Fall 2013 - St. John - The Gospel and First Letter
Winter 2014 - The Letters of St. Paul: 1 Thessalonians; Galatians; 1 Corinthians; Philippians; 2 Corinthians; Romans; Philemon
Intersession 2014 - The Letters of St. Paul: Ephesians; Colossians; 2 Thessalonians; 1 and 2 Timothy; Titus
Fall 2014: The Catholic Epistles, the Book of Revelation
Second Vatican Council
Winter 2013 - Lumen Gentium - Dogmatic Constitution on the Church; Dei Verbum - Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
Intersession 2013 - Ad Gentes - Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church; Gaudium et Spes - Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
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Recent and forthcoming Publications
"Qumran Calendars: A Survey of Scholarship 1980-2007" Currents in Biblical Research 7.1 (2008) 131-179. [with Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov, University of Haifa, Israel]
“Jubilees 49:1-14 and the Absent Second Passover: how (and why) to do away with an unwanted festival,” in Short Studies on Enoch and Jubilees Presented at the Fourth Enoch Seminar (Camaldoli, Italy, 8-12 July 2007), Henoch 31 (2009/1) 42-47.
French Perspectives on Ancient Judaism and Christianity, edited by K. Berthelot and S. Saulnier, Henoch 32 (2010). [with Dr. Katell Berthelot, CNRS, France]
'Calendars - IV. Judaism - A. Second Temple and Hellenistic Judaism', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception vol. 4 (Walter de Gruyter: 2011).
Calendrical Variations in Second Temple Judaism (Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement 159; Brill Academic Press: 2012).
Brill academic press
'Les Documents Calendaires de Qumran: Introductions, textes, annotated traductions' in La Bibliothèque de Qumran, vol. 3, edited by K. Berthelot and T. Legrand (Les Éditions du Cerf - forthcoming end 2013). [4Q317; 4Q319; 4Q320; 4Q321; 4Q321a; 4Q322; 4Q323; 4Q324; 4Q324a; 4Q324b; 4Q324c; 4Q324d; 4Q325; 4Q326; 4Q328; 4Q329; 4Q329a; 4Q330; 4Q337; 4Q394 1-2]
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Presentations at Conferences
“Lunar reckoning(s) and the 364DY tradition(s) in the second temple period: infancy of a polemic in the Astronomical Book.” Paper read at the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha Session, Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans (November 2009)
“Lunar reckoning(s) and the 364DY tradition(s) in the second temple period: infancy of a polemic in the Astronomical Book.” Paper accepted for presentation at the Pseudepigrapha Session, Society of Biblical Literature International Conference, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome (July 2009)
« St. Paul: sa vie, son œuvre, sa théologie » - lecture/presentation on the occasion of the Jubilee Year of the Apostle Paul, Edmonton (May 2009)
“More Thoughts on X and duqah: are we any closer to an identification?” - Paper read at the Qumran Session, Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA (November 2007).
“Jubilees 49:1-14 and the Absent Second Passover: how (and why) to do away with an unwanted festival” - Paper presented at the Fourth Enoch Seminar, Camaldoli, Italy (July 2007).
“The moon in the Astronomical Book of Enoch: the 364 day calendar and the ‘proper’ lunar year – identification of a forgotten connection?” - First Graduate Enoch Seminar, held at the University of Michigan, Ann Harbor, MI (May 2006).
“The Cycle of Festivals and the Seasons: Calendrical Struggles and Some Aspects of the ‘Quest for Truth’ in Second Temple Judaism” - Infinite Hope and the Quest for Truth conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK (June 2005).
“The Date of the Last Supper: an Inquiry into the Discrepancies of the Gospels’ Passion Narratives” - Postgraduate Research Association Research Seminar, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK (February 2005).
Society of Biblical Literature SBL
Catholic Biblical Association of America CBA
Service to the Academic Community
Associate Editor (French Scholarship) on 4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins (since 2009) 4enoch
Journal Henoch - Advisory Board (since 2006) Henoch journal
Service to the Church
RCIA instructor (St Anthony Parish, South Bend - 2005-2007; Holy Family Parish, St Albert - since 2008)
Presented sessions on Johannine Literature at the Faith Formation program, Diocese of Prince George, British Columbia, 05-06 April 2013.
I would be delighted to come and facilitate sessions on Sacred Scriptures, Early Church History and/or Early Church Doctrine as part of RCIA or any other adult faith formation program in any parish in the Edmonton area. Feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com to check availibility.