Dale Allison

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Dale C. Allison (November 25, 1955-)[1] is an American New Testament scholar, historian of Early Christianity, and Christian theologian who currently serves as Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.[2] He has recently been appointed the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.[3]


Allison received a B.A. from Wichita State University (1977), an M.A. (1979) and a Ph.D. (1982) from Duke University.[1] Prior to joining Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1997, Allison served on the faculties of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.[1] He is the author of books on early Christian eschatology, the Gospel of Matthew, the so-called Sayings Source of the Q document, the historical Jesus, and the Testament of Abraham. He has been called "the premier Matthew specialist of his generation in the United States" and "North America's most complete New Testament scholar."[1] Allison also serves on the editorial boards of New Testament Studies and the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus.[3]

He is a prominent defender of the view of the historical Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet expecting the imminent end of the age, and the "thoroughgoing eschatology" of Albert Schweitzer. This is laid out in his book Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet. This went against the views of the Jesus Seminar, particularly the views of scholars like John Dominic Crossan, whose reconstruction of Jesus was largely free of apocalyptic elements.



  • Allison, Dale (2013). A critical and exegetical commentary on the Epistle of James. T. & T. Clark. ISBN 978-0-567-07740-0. 
  • Allison, Dale (2010). Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History. Baker Academic. ISBN 978-0-8010-3585-2. 
  • Allison, Dale (2009). The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0-8028-6262-4. 
  • Allison, Dale (2006). The Love There That's Sleeping: The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison. T. & T. Clark International. ISBN 0-8264-2756-1. 
  • Allison, Dale (2006). The Luminous Dusk: Finding God in the Deep, Still Places. Eerdmans. ISBN 0-8028-3218-0. 
  • Allison, Dale; Amy-Jill Levine; John Dominic Crossan (2006). The Historical Jesus in Context. Princeton. ISBN 0-691-00992-9. 
  • Allison, Dale (2005). Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present. Baker Academic. ISBN 0-8010-2791-8. 
  • Allison, Dale (2005). Resurrecting Jesus: The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters. T. & T. Clark International. ISBN 0-567-02900-X. 
  • Allison, Dale (2005). Matthew: A Shorter Commentary. T. & T. Clark International. ISBN 0-567-08249-0. 
  • Allison, Dale (2003). The Testament of Abraham, Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature. de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-017888-5. 
  • Allison, Dale (2000). The Intertextual Jesus: Scripture in Q. Trinity Press Intl. ISBN 1-56338-329-2. 
  • Allison, Dale (2000). Scriptural Allusions in the New Testament: Light from the Dead Sea Scrolls (The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins Library 5). BIBAL Press. 
  • Allison, Dale (1999). The Sermon on the Mount: Inspiring the Moral Imagination (Crossroad Companions to the New Testament). Crossroad. ISBN 0-8245-1791-1. 
  • Allison, Dale (1998). Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet. Fortress. ISBN 0-8006-3144-7. 
  • Allison, Dale (1997). The Jesus Tradition in Q. Trinity Press International. ISBN 1-56338-207-5. 
  • Davies, W. D.; Dale Allison (1997). An Exegetical and Critical Commentary on the Gospel according to St. Matthew (Vol. 3, chapters 19-28) (International Critical Commentary). T. & T. Clark. ISBN 0-567-08375-6. 
  • Allison, Dale (1995). The Silence of Angels. Trinity Press International. ISBN 1-56338-131-1. 
  • Allison, Dale (1993). The New Moses: A Matthean Typology. Fortress and T & T. Clark. ISBN 0-8006-2699-0. 
  • Davies, W. D.; Dale Allison (1991). An Exegetical and Critical Commentary on the Gospel according to St. Matthew (Vol. 2, chapters 8-18) (International Critical Commentary). T. & T. Clark. ISBN 0-567-08365-9. 
  • Davies, W. D.; Dale Allison (1988). An Exegetical and Critical Commentary on the Gospel according to St. Matthew (Vol. l, chapters 1-7) (International Critical Commentary). T. & T. Clark. ISBN 0-567-08355-1. 
  • Allison, Dale (1985). The End of the Ages Has Come: An Early Interpretation of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. Fortress. ISBN 0-8006-0753-8. 

Selected Articles[edit]

  • "The Secularizing of the Historical Jesus." Perspectives on Religious Studies 27, 2 (Summer 2000): 135-151.
  • "Rejecting Violent Judgment: Luke 9:52-56 and its Relatives." Journal of Biblical Literature 121, 3 (Fall 2002): 459-478.
  • "Resurrecting a Calf: The Origin of Testament of Abraham 6:5." Journal of Theological Studies 55, 1 (April 2004): 103-116.
  • "The Resurrection of Jesus and Rational Apologetics." Philosophia Christi 10, 2 (2008): 315-335.
  • "What I Have Learned from the History of Interpretation." Perspectives in Religious Studies 35, 3 (Fall 2008): 237-250.
  • "Matthew and the History of its Interpretation." Expository Times 120, 1 (October 2008): 1-7.
  • "Blessing God and Cursing People: James 3:9-10." Journal of Biblical Literature 130, 2 (Summer 2011): 397-405.
  • "A Liturgical Tradition Behind the Ending of James." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 34, 1 (September 2011): 3-18.
  • "Eldad and Modad." Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 21, 2 (December 2011): 99-131.


  1. ^ a b c "Dale C. Allison, Jr.". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Sweeney, James P. (2006). "Matthew: A Shorter Commentary: Based on the Three-Volume International Critical Commentary". Review of Biblical Literature 8: 404. 
  3. ^ a b "World-Class New Testament Scholar Joins Princeton Theological Seminary Faculty". Princeton, NJ: Princeton Theological Seminary. Retrieved 18 June 2013.