Saunders, Stanley

Dr. Stanley P. Saunders

Dr. Stanley P. Saunders

Faculty Emeritus


Office: 1991-2020 Associate Professor of New Testament

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Dr. Saunders’ research interests include “eschatology” in early Christian understandings of “the last days,” the nature of the Church, spirituality, and ecclesial self-definition, with a special interest in the Gospel according to Matthew.


  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Emmanuel School of Religion
  • BA, San Jose Bible College

Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


Editorial Board Member and Contributor to Elizabeth Johnson and Cynthia Jarvis, eds., Feasting on the Gospels, Westminster John Knox Press, 2013, book
Exegetical Essays in Barbara Brown Taylor and David Bartlett, eds., Feasting on the Word (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008-2011): “Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21”; “Mark 9:1-9”; “Mark 1:9-14.”, 2011, book
Preaching the Gospel of Matthew: Proclaiming God's Presence. (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 2010, book
“Prophets in the New Testament and Early Church,” New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 4 (Abingdon Press, 2009), pp. 621-622., 2009, book
“Philippians, Letter to the,” New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 4 (Abingdon Press, 2009), pp. 503-507, 2009, book
The Word on the Street: Performing the Scriptures in the Urban Context (Eerdmans, 2000, republished by Wipf & Stock, 2006), 2006, book
“Between Blessing and Curse: Reading, Hearing, and Performing the Apocalypse in a World of Terror,”Shaking Heaven and Earth: Essays in Honor of Walter Brueggemann and Charles Cousar (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005): 141-156, 2005, book
Philippians and Galatians. Interpretation Bible Studies ,Geneva Press,, 2001, book
“Gospel of Matthew,” in Alan C. Myers, ed., The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary ,Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans,, 2000, book
Connecting the Dots and Filling the Gaps: Imagining God with Us" in Word and World 34:3, 2014, journal
“Revelation and Resistance: Narrative and Worship in John’s Apocalypse,” in Joel B. Green and Michael Pasquarello III, eds., Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching: Reuniting New Testament Interpretation and Proclamation, Baker Academic,, 2003, journal
“Learning Christ: Eschatology and Spiritual Formation in New Testament Christianity.” Interpretation 56:2 (April 2002): 155-167, 2002, article
“Taking It to the Streets,” The Other Side 36:6,, 2000, article
“The Reality of a Present God; Living the Word: Matthew” Sojourners 28:1 (January/February 1999): 46-49., 1999, article
“God With Us in Power: Preaching Matthew Missionally,” Journal for Preachers 22:2 (Lent 1999): 25-30, 1999, journal
“Discernment on the way to Emmaus: Resurrection Imagination and Practices in Luke 24:13-35,” Journal for Preachers 20:2 (Easter 1997): 44-49, 1997, article
Preaching the Gospel of Matthew: Proclaiming God’s Presence, Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, book
“Matthew” in Gail R. O’Day and David L. Petersen, eds., Theological Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009), pp. 293-310, 2009, article
Introductions and Text Notes for Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians in The Discipleship Study Bible, Westminster John Knox Press, 2008, journal
“Nurturing Hope: Nurturing Faithful Vision Amidst Defeat,” Catalyst 31:4 (April 2005): 1-3, 2005, journal
(with Charles L. Campbell), “`What Does This Mean? What Shall We Do?’” Journal for Preachers 19:4 (Pentecost 1996): 3-9, 1996, article
(with Charles L. Campbell), “Anything But Ordinary: Worship and Preaching in Ordinary Time,” Journal for Preachers 18/4 (Pentecost 1995): 25-31, 1995, article
(with Ronald H. Cram), “Feet Partly of Iron and Partly of Clay: Pedagogy and the Curriculum of Theological Education,” Theological Education 29 (1992): 21-50, 1992, article
(with James L. Bailey), “God's Merciful Community,” Currents in Theology and Mission 14 (1987): 325-333, 1987, article
“Christian Eschatology: the Ground and Impetus for Mission,” Gospel in Context 2 (1979), pp. 3-10, 16-17, 1979, article
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