David Sanchez

Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Department of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659, USA
University Hall 3726
Email: david.sanchez@lmu.edu
Phone: (310) 338-5983










Academic Background

Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2006

M.Phil., Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2004

B.A., CSULA 1988; M.A., Claremont School of Theology, 1997


Areas of Research

Dr. Sánchez teaches and publishes in the area of Early Christianity and Christian origins. His research interests include apocalyptic and end-time Christianities in antiquity and modernity and popular religious muralism. Dr. Sánchez is currently writing a textbook on Christian apocalypticism (Apocalyptic Writings in the Ancient and Modern Worlds; Fortress Press, 2017) and continues to do ethnographic work in East Los Angeles and Northern Ireland on contemporary murals.


Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • Scripture as Script: Muralism in Los Angeles
  • Jesus in Gospel and Film
  • Paul and Pauline Literature
  • Apocalyptic Christianity
  • Graduate Proseminar
  • The Book of Revelation
  • The Four Gospels
  • Foundations of New Testament Theology
  • Greek Readings in the Gospel of Mark
  • Judas Iscariot
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls


Professional Bio

Before joining the faculty at Loyola Marymount University, Prof. Sánchez taught at California Lutheran University and Mount Saint Mary’s College (2002-2005). At LMU, he teaches courses in New Testament studies and biblical interpretation with specific emphases in apocalyptic literature and contemporary popular art as biblical interpretation.

During his time at LMU, Prof. Sánchez has served as the President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanics of the United States (ACHTUS), the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. He was the recipient of the Hispanic Theological Initiative’s 2009 Book Award for his monograph: From Patmos to the Barrio: Subverting Imperial Myths (Fortress Press, 2008). Prof. Sánchez serves on the American Academy of Religion’s Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Field and is a Boston University doctoral student mentor for the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium. Prof. Sánchez also served as Director for LMU’s American Cultural Studies Program (2012-2015). He currently serves on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ East Los Angeles Catholic School Board (Limited Jurisdiction).

Prof. Sánchez is an active regional, domestic and international lecturer in popular, academic and ecclesial venues.  


Selected Publications


“It is No Longer Because of Your Words…” Interrogating John 4 Through the Lens of Malinchismo and the Vanquished Woman Motif. Edited by Fernando Segovia and Tat-Siong Benny Liew. In Semeia Studies.

“Reading the Bible From My Place” in The National Symposium of the Latino/a Theology and Ministry Initiative.


The Fortress Commentary on the New Testament. Edited by Margaret Aymer, Cynthia Briggs Kittridge and David A. Sánchez. Fortress Press.

“The Apocalyptic Legacy of the New Testament” in The Fortress Commentary on the New Testament, Fortress Press.


“Interpretive World Making: Formulating a Space for a Critical Latino/a Cultural and Biblical Discourse” in Semeia Studies (SBL Publications).

“Ambivalence, Mimicry, and the Ochlos in Gospel of Mark: Assessing the Minjung Theology of Ahn Byung-Mu” in Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Yung Suk Kim and Jin-Ho Kim. Wipf and Stock Publishers.


“Mark 16:8: The Perfect Ending for an End-Time Gospel,” in Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture.

“Casting Stones at the Empire: De-Constructing Biblical Discourse through a Latino/a Lens,” in Semeia Studies (Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematic, Objectives, Strategies), Fernando Segovia and Francisco Lozada, eds., SBL Publications.


“Response to Victor Anderson’s: ‘Is America Possible? The Land that Never Has Been: Democratic Hope and Creative Exchange,’” in Wading Through Many Voices: Toward a Theology of Public Conversation, Harold J. Recinos, ed., Lanham, MD.: Rowan and Littlefield Publishing Group.

“Foregrounding Our Apocalyptic Heritage in Hopes of Dismissing It: Creating a Post-Apocalyptic Society in a Plural World,” in Wading Through Many Voices: Toward a Theology of Public Conversation, Harold Recinos, ed., Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group.


“Guadalupan Iconography: A Postcolonial Signifier of Resistance of the Chicano/a Civil Rights Movement” in Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture.

“Guadalupe and Resistance: Ancient and Contemporary Counter-Imperial/Colonial Discourses” in Perspectivas.


“Recontextualizing Resistance: From the Shores of Patmos to the Barrios of East Los Angeles,” in Reflections: Yale Divinity School.

“Recontextualizing Resistance: The Revelation to John,” in Union Seminary Quarterly Review (New Testament and Roman Empire), Volume 59, nos. 3-4.


Personal Message

"If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."

 - Lee Trevino