Contact Information

Stéphane Saulnier, Ph.D.

2-05 Newman Theological College

10012 - 84 Street

Edmonton, AB, T6A 0B2

Phone: 780.392.2450 ext. 5234

Skype: Stephsaulnier1


Courses taught

Teaching interests

Treasures of the Faith - NTC Lunchtime Seminar Series

Recent and forthcoming publications

Presentations at Conferences


Associate Professor,

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

Theology programs:

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 100/100i Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation (dual delivery on-campus/online)

SCR 132 The Prophets

SCR 154/154i Synoptic Gospels (dual delivery on-campus/online)

SCR 155/155i Pauline Literature (dual delivery on-campus/online)

SCR 156/156i Johannine Literature (dual delivery on-campus/online)

SCR 252 Psalms and Wisdom Literature

SCR 163/163i 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 400/400i Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation (dual delivery on-campus/online)

BST 420 The Old Testament

BST 421 Matthew-Mark

BST 421i Matthew-Mark (online)

BST 422 Luke-Acts

BST 423/423i Pauline Literature (dual delivery on-campus/online)

BST 423i Pauline Literature (online)

BST 424/424i Johannine Literature (dual delivery on-campus/online)

BST 433/433i 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 531 The Prophets

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 [Research Project director]

MDIV 900 Integrative Seminar [team taught]

MDIV 901 Synthesis and Comprehensive Exam [thesis 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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Teaching Interests

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:

  1. Developing a mastery of the various approaches and modern scientific methods of interpretation of Sacred Scripture;
  2. 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;
  3. 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 four distinct seminars: Sacred Scriptures,  Writings of the Church Fathers, Magisterium/New Evangelization, and Catholic Saints and Mystics, the last two being added during the 2013-14 academic year. During the Year of Faith the Magisterium series looked at some of the major documents promulgated by the Second Vatican Council.

Since January 2014 the Treasures of the Faith seminar series are offered as a program of the newly launched Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization at Newman Theological College.

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 to register. 

From September 2014 Treasures of the Faith seminar series are also offered off-campus. Visit for further details.

Starting Fall 2015 the organization of the seminar series is the responsibility of the Director of the Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization.

Past and current seminar topics presented by Dr Saulnier:

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)

Fall 2014 - St John Chrysostom: Selected Homilies on the Gospel of John


Sacred Scriptures:

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 Prophet Jeremiah

Fall 2014 off-campus: The Gospel of St Matthew

Fall 2014 off-campus: L'Evangile selon St Matthieu

Winter 2015 on-campus: 1 Maccabees

Winter 2015 off-campus: Acts of the Apostles

Intersession 2015 on-campus: Classical Prophets: Amos, Hosea, Micah

Intersession 2015 off-campus: Social Justice Prophets: Amos, Hosea


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 - 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)

Fall 2014 - Pope St John Paul II Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the World)


Catholic Saints and Mystics

Winter/Intersession 2014 - St Thérèse of Lisieux, Story of a Soul

Fall 2014 - St Catherine of Sienna, The Dialogues

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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 Pentateuque dans son ensemble, La Bibliotheque de Qumran, 3a , édition 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

"Hope and Mercy - Constant Themes in the Old and New Testaments" - sessions presented at the Sent as Agents of Hope and Mercy Staff Development Day, Evergreen Catholic Schools District, Spruce Grove (AB), 31 August 2015.

"How can we know that the bible is the written Word of God? A Catholic perspective" - session presented at the Grace for the Heart and Soul - Care for Creation day, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Edmonton (AB), 28 May 2015.

"Genesis - Exodus" - presentations to the Archdiocese of Edmonton Diaconate Formation program, Edmonton (AB), 16-17 May 2015.

"Johannine Literature" - presentations to the Nathaniel Faith Formation program, Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Winnipeg (MN), 6-7 March 2015.

"Making sense of the Old Testament" - session presented at the Palliser Teacher Convention, Calgary (AB), 19 February 2015.

"The Synoptic Gospels" - presentations to the Nathaniel Faith Formation program, Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Winnipeg (MN), 03-04 January 2015.

"Making sense of the Old Testament - what every teacher in catholic schools should know" - Presented at the Grace for the Heart and Soul Development Day, Edmonton Catholic School District, Edmonton (AB), 22 May 2014.

"Pauline Literature: 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans" - Presented at the Archdiocese of Edmonton Diaconate Formation Program, Edmonton (AB), 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, Edmonton (Alberta), 07 fevrier 2014.

"Jesus and the Four Gospels: Rethink, Renew, Rediscover" - presented at the North Central Alberta Teacher Convention, Edmonton (AB), 06February 2014.

"The Biblical Prophets" - Presented at the Archdiocese of Edmonton Diaconate Formation Program, Edmonton (AB), 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, Spruce Grove (AB), 11 October 2013.

"One Jesus, Four Gospels?" - Presented at the Grace for the Heart and Soul Development Day, Edmonton Catholic School District, Edmonton (AB), 23 May 2013.

"The Gospel and Letters of St John" - Presented to the Faith Formation Program Participants, Diocese of Prince George, 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 (AB), May 2009.

Professional memberships

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 to check availability.