2-05 Newman Theological College
10012 - 84 Street
Edmonton, AB, T6A 0B2
Phone: 780.392.2450 ext. 5234
Treasures of the Faith - NTC Lunchtime Seminar Series
Recent and forthcoming publications
Presentations at Conferences
Scripture, History and Foundation Head of Department
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Sacred Scripture, Patristic Theology, Second Temple Judaism, Early Church History.
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 oversees the undergraduate programs at NTC, which include the Certificate of Theology (C.Th.), the Diploma of Theology (Dip.Th.), and the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.). As well as teaching in each of these programs he also delivers instruction on the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and the Master of Theology (M.Th.) at graduate level, and directs a number of M.T.S. Research projects and M.Div. Theological Syntheses.
Undergraduate Programs (C.Th.; Dip.Th.; B.Th.)
SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation (dual delivery on-campus/online)
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels
SCR 155 Pauline Literature
SCR 156 Johannine Literature
SCR 252 Psalms and Wisdom Literature
SCR 163 The Pentateuch and Historical Books (dual delivery on-campus/online)
SCR 253 The Pentateuch
FND 100 Early Church History
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 (dual delivery on-campus/online)
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 (dual delivery on-campus/online)
BST 525 The World of the New Testament
BST 527 Deutero-Pauline Letters and other NT writings
BST 532 Psalms and Wisdom Literature
BST 533 The Pentateuch
FTH 400 Early Church History
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 Master of Religious Education
Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)
BST 420 The Old Testament
BST 430 The New Testament
REL 420 The Old Testament in Religious Education
REL 422 The 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, Early Church History and Patristic Theology at Newman Theological College in undergraduate and graduate programs in Theology (C.Th.; Dip.Th; B.Th.; M.T.S.; M.Div.; M.Th.) and in Religious Education (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 the 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 the Faith" Seminar Series. To date this series covers three seminars: Sacred Scriptures, Writings of the Church Fathers, and Magisterium. During the Year of Faith the Magisterium series looked at some of the major documents promulgated by the Second Vatican Council. Starting January 2014 the Magisterium series will look at the topic of the New Evangelization.
Each Seminar series meets weekly for an hour during Term time at Newman Theological College. Seminars may be offered in French or in English; registration is free of charge (participants may need to purchase the particular texts read). Contact Reception at Newman.edu to register. A series on the Catholic Mystics is scheduled to start in January 2014.
Past seminar topics include:
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 Hippo (On Christian Doctrine Book I)
Winter/Intersession 2014 - The Latin Fathers: St Augustine of Hippo (On Christian Doctrine Books II-IV)
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 - Letters of St. Paul: Galatians; 1 Corinthians; Philippians; Romans; Philemon
Intersession 2014 - The Letter to the Hebrews
Fall 2014: The Catholic Epistles, the Book of Revelation
Magisterium - 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.
Magisterium - The New Evangelization
Winter 2014 - Pope Paul VI's 1975 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World)
Intersession 2014 - Pope Francis' 2013 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)
Winter/Intersession 2014 - St Thérèse of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
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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
"Documents de calendriers", dans Torah - Deutéronome et Pentateuche dans son ensemble, La Bibliotheque de Qumran, 3a , edition et traduction des manuscrits Hébreux araméens et Grecs sous la direction de K. Berthelot, M. Langlois, et T. Legrand (Paris: Les Editions du Cerf; 2014), pages 690 à 889.
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Presentations at Academic 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)
“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).
Presentations at Faith Formation Events
"Pauline Literature: 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans" - Presented at the Archdiocese of Edmonton Diaconate Formation Program, 08-09 February 2014.
"Jésus et les quatre evangiles: Repenser, Renouveler, Redecouvrir" - presentée à la Convention des Enseignants de la region Centre Nord de l'Alberta, 07 fevrier 2014.
"Jesus and the Four Gospels: Rethink, Renew, Rediscover" - presented at the North Central Alberta Teacher Convention, 06February 2014.
"The Biblical Prophets" - Presented at the Archdiocese of Edmonton Diaconate Formation Program, 11-12 January 2014.
"Sacred Scripture: A lamp unto our feet" - Presented at the 'Rebuilding the House of Faith' Development Day, Evergreen Catholic School District, 11 October 2013.
"One Jesus, Four Gospels?" - Presented at the Grace for the Heart and Soul Development Day, Edmonton Catholic School District, 23 May 2013.
"The Gospel and Letters of St John" - Presented to the Faith Formation Program Participants, Diocese of Prince George (BC), 5-6 May 2013.
"St. Paul: sa vie, son oeuvre, sa théologie" - presentation on the occasion of the year of the Jubilee of St Paul; St Anne Paris, Edmonton, May 2009.
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)
I would be delighted to come and facilitate sessions on Sacred Scriptures, Early Church History and/or Early Church Doctrine as part of RCIA (Edmonton area) or any other adult faith formation program in any parish, deanery and/or diocese in Western Canada. Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to check availibility.