Andrea Saner

Andrea Saner

Office Phone: (540) 432-4199


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SB 224

Assistant Professor of OT

Bible & Religion Dept and Seminary

“Perception of scripture’s witness to God and to the life of faith increases in depth the more the wise and mature interpreter attends to its witness. Yet, many Christians come to the Bible without awareness of the interpretive lenses that they bring to the text and with a narrow understanding of the interpretive options available to its readers. I teach students to consider various contexts that influence interpretion (historical, socio-political, literary, canonical, theological, etc.) and so to a wider range of interpretive possibilities for a given text. Then, I teach students how to make better interpretive decisions from among those possibilities as they read in, with, and for communities of faith today.”

Through her research, Andrea strives to offer the church resources for reading the Old Testament in ways that take seriously trinitarian theological concerns without anachronistically imposing these concerns on the ancient text, and that honor Jewish readers and others who read the same texts well within their own interpretive traditions. Before coming to EMU in 2013, Andrea completed a Ph.D. in Old Testament at Durham University in England. Her dissertation, entitled “YHWH, the Trinity, and the Literal Sense: Theological interpretation of Exodus 3:13-15,” explores the relationship between translation and interpretive traditions in the Christian church, and between the name of God, the nature of God, and God’s acts.


Ph.D., Durham University, 2014
M.A.T.S., Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2008
B.A., Messiah College, 2005


“Too Much to Grasp”: Exodus 3:13–15 and the Reality of God. JTISup 11. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.

Review of The Love of David and Jonathan: Ideology, Text, Reception, by James E. Harding, Equinox: Sheffield, 2013. Theology and Sexuality 20, no. 3 (2014): 246–48.

“‘YHWH is a Warrior’ Reevaluated (Exodus 15:3).” Pages 36–46 in Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence Across the Testaments. Edited by Laura L. Brenneman and Brad D. Schantz. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014.

“A Sacramental Believers Church: Pilgram Marpeck and the (Un)mediated Presence of God.” Pages 223–36 in New Perspectives on Believers Church Ecclesiology. Winnipeg: Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2010.

“Two Witnesses, Providentially Ordered: Hermeneutics and Canon in the Writings of Pilgram Marpeck.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 83 (Oct 2009): 603–17.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Trinitarian Judgments in/and the Book of Exodus.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. November 21–24, 2015.

Professional Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature

Courses Taught

Old Testament: Text in Context
Elementary Hebrew
Hebrew Readings
Job and Wisdom Literature
Interpreting the Biblical Text
Covenant and Community: An Introduction to the Bible

EMU Service

Academic Freedom Task Force (2015-2016)
Faculty Sustainability Task Force (2014-2015)