Dr. Dale C. Allison Jr., Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity, has written The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009).

In this book, which Allison describes as “my personal testimony to doubt seeking understanding,” he thoughtfully addresses ongoing historical-theological questions concerning Jesus. What should one think of the modern quest for the historical Jesus when there is such enduring discord among the experts, and when personal agendas play such a large role in the reconstructions? How much history is in the Gospels, and how much history does Christian theology require that there be? How does the quest impinge upon conventional Christian beliefs and what might it contribute to contemporary theological reflection?

Allison has been on the faculty of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary since 1997. Before then he served on the faculties of Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) and Friends University (Wichita, Kan.). His areas of expertise include Second Temple Judaism, and he is the author of books on early Christian eschatology, the Gospel of Matthew, the so-called Sayings Source or Q, the historical Jesus, and the Testament of Abraham.

His other recent publications including The Love There That's Sleeping: The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison (T. & T. Clark 2006); The Luminous Dusk (Eerdmans, 2006); Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present (Baker Academic 2005); and Resurrecting Jesus: The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters (T. & T. Clark 2005). He is currently at work on a full-length commentary on the book of James. Additionally, Constructing Jesus: Memory and Imagination (Baker Academic) is forthcoming in 2010.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.