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.”

Andrea’s research stands within and contributes to the broadly ecumenical movement, theological interpretation of scripture. Her work particularly focuses on testing and demonstrating the continuing significance of early Christian interpretation for modern reading. Andrea is currently writing the Exodus volume for the T&T Clark International Theological Commentary.


Ph.D., Durham University, 2014
M.A.T.S., Associated 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.

“Of Bottles and Wells: Hagar’s Christian Legacy.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 11.2 (Fall): 199–215.

“‘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

“Interpreting Hagar with Grace.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. November 19–22, 2016.

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

Professional Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature
North American Patristics Society

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

Seminary Academic Committee (2014-2015, 2016-present)
Intellectual Life Committee (2016-present)
Academic Freedom Task Force (2015-2016)
Faculty Sustainability Task Force (2014-2015)

Printable Curriculum Vitae