—Dale C. Allison will teach in Princeton beginning fall 2013—

Princeton, NJ, June 12, 2013–Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Dale C. Allison Jr. as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies, effective July 1, 2013. Allison joins the faculty in the Department of Biblical Studies.

dale allison“When we were looking for a world-class scholar, we surveyed 45 academic leaders in the field of New Testament,” said Seminary president Craig Barnes. “Professor Allison’s name was consistently at the top of everyone’s list. Not only is he at the cutting edge of his field of scholarship, he is also a fabulous teacher, and clearly devoted to the service of Jesus Christ.”

Allison holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Duke University and comes to Princeton from his position as professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1997. Allison’s areas of expertise include the historical Jesus, early Jewish and Christian eschatology, Second Temple Judaism, the canonical Gospels (especially Matthew) and the Q source, and the history of the interpretation and application of texts. He recently completed a full-length commentary on the Book of James, and is the author of The Luminous Dusk, a book on religious experience in the modern world. His recent books include Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History, which was named the Best Book Relating to the New Testament in 2011 by the Biblical Archaeology Society, The Love There That’s Sleeping: The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison, and The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus.

Allison is thrilled to join the Princeton Seminary community. “I can’t think of a better place to be,” he said. “I have, in years past, had multiple occasions to visit Princeton Seminary and have enjoyed getting to know the campus, a number of the faculty members, and even some students. So when I show up, I won’t be a stranger in a strange place. I am grateful for the opportunity and privilege that the Board, the faculty, and the president have extended to me, and I am eager to begin my duties, and to spend some time in the new library.”

Allison is on the editorial boards of New Testament Studies, the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, and the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. He is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, non-profit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.

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