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Mathias Zahniser

Mathias Zahniser

Scholar in Residence

Year Started at GC: 2008
Phone: (618).664.6679
Areas of Responsibility:

Zahniser Institute Board
Philosophy & Religion research and writing; independent studies; honors projects;
available for consultation on research and writing 


BA Greenville College 
Master of International service American University
BD Ashbury Theological Seminary
PhD Johns Hopkins University 


Christian Thought & Life
Introduction to Judaism
Jews, Christians Muslims
Synoptic Gospels
Advanced Christian Theology
Survey of New Testament

Publications and Presentations

The Mission and Death of Jesus in Islam and Christianity (Marknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008).

"Wesleyan Synergism and the Dialogue with Muslims," in Gerald H. Anderson and Darrell L. Whiteman, Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit (Franklin, TN: Providence House, 2009), 227-34.

Six entries in the Encyclopedia of Islam
Two entries in the Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Culture (IB Taurus, in press)
The chapter on the language of the Qur'an in The Oxford Handbook for Qur'anci Studies

Professional Affiliations

Member: International Quranic Studies Association

Related Experiences

Professor -Central Michigan University, 1971-78
Professor -Greenville College, 1978-83
Professor -Asbury Theological Seminary, 1983-2000

About Mathias Zahniser

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

The friendship I have formed here among the faculty, staff, administration and students.

What attracted you to the Religion Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I was attracted to the study of religion by my mentor and professor at Greenville College, Dr. James A. Reinhard. He led me to believe I had what it took to be a theologian. I started my career as a missionary and finished it as a professor of world religions, particularly Islam. Professor Reinhard reinforced my interest in Islam as well.




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