Dr. A. H. Mathias Zahniser, Greenville College’s Scholar in Residence, graduated from Greenville College with a B.A. in 1960. He received a Masters of International Service from American University, Washington, D. C., in 1962, and then was graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1965. He received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 1973, with a major concentration in Arabic and Islamic studies. He has taught at Central Michigan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky, and Greenville College, Illinois.
The Society of Theological Booksellers selected Dr. Zahniser's most recent book, The Mission and Death of Jesus in Islam and Christianity (Orbis Books, 2008) as a best book for the fall and winter of 2008. The International Bulletin of Missionary Research selected it as one of the fifteen top books in intercultural and mission studies for the year 2008.
He has contributed six articles to the Encyclopedia of the Qur’an (E. J. Brill, 2001-2006) and a chapter to The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an; and is under contract for a chapter in Oxford University Press’ Handbook of Qur’anic Studies, slated for publication in 2014.
Zahniser’s hobbies are camping, hiking, traveling, and studying. He is a member of the Evangelical Environmental Network, Adirondack Wild, Friends of the Allegheny Wilderness, and the Wilderness Society. He is a Fellow of Tyndale House Cambridge, a Christian research library and institution.