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The Princeton Theological Seminary community is pleased to welcome Dale Allison, Brian Rainey, Lisa Bowens, and Heath Dewrell as they join the faculty of the Biblical Studies Department on July 1. These four new scholars and teachers will join the current faculty in training students to serve the church as biblically informed theologians, preachers, ministers, and scholars.

Dr. Dale C. Allison Jr.  has been named the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies.  He 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 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.”

Dr. Heath Dewrell will serve as assistant professor of Old Testament. He comes to Princeton with a 2012 Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University. He says he is looking forward to teaching the Bible to students for whom the Bible isn’t just a theoretical, academic question, and to working in a community where it matters, a community that shares his commitment to the Bible.

Dr. Brian Rainey earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2013 in religious studies, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, and Mesopotamian languages and literature. He will serve as assistant professor of Old Testament at Princeton Seminary. “I am delighted to come to Princeton Seminary,” he said. “It is a great place to study and do research, with the availability of great resources. I’m most looking forward to meeting and interacting with students who are interested in exploring theological issues in the Old Testament, and I know my interaction with my students will influence my thinking and raise questions in my writing and research.”

Lisa Bowens is in the final year of her Ph.D. program at Princeton Seminary and she will be an instructor in New Testament. Bowens is “excited about being part of a seminary where there are people who strive to hear and answer God’s call and to empower others to do so. I love teaching, researching, and writing and Princeton Theological Seminary offers wonderful opportunities to grow and contribute in all of these areas. Fostering a bridge between the academy and the church is one of my desires. This passion coheres with Princeton Seminary’s own endeavor to cultivate an environment where the church and the academy coexist in faithful service to God. I look forward to sharing in the institution’s strong tradition of training scholars, pastors, and Christian leaders to serve the church and the world.”

Read the press release about Dale Allison.

Read the press release about Heath Dewrell, Brian Rainey, and Lisa Bowens.