Callahan, Allen Dwight

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Callahan, Allen Dwight


Education: Princeton University, B.A., 1982; Harvard University, M.A., Ph.D.


Office—Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, Brown University, Box 1931, Providence, RI 02912. E-mail—[email protected]


Baptist minister, professor, and writer. Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, associate professor of New Testament, 1992-99; Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, associate professor of religious studies, 1999-2003; Seminário Teológico Batista de Nordeste, Bahia, Brazil, professor of New Testament, 2003—; Brown University, Providence, RI, interim associate Protestant university chaplain. Taught previously at Boston College, Holy Cross College, and Andover-Newton Theological School. Advisor on the television project Empires: Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution, 2003, and featured in several television documentaries.


Salzburg Seminar fellow.


Embassy of Onesimus: The Letter of Paul to Philemon, Trinity Press International (Valley Forge, PA), 1997.

A Love Supreme: A History of Johannine Tradition, Fortress Press (Minneapolis, MN), 2005.

The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 2006.

(Editor, with Anothony B. Pinn) People of African Descent and the Story of Nimrod, Palgrave Macmillan (New York, NY), 2007.

Contributor to numerous scholarly journals.


Allen Dwight Callahan is a Baptist minister and professor of New Testament who has written several books on various topics related to the Christian faith. Embassy of Onesimus: The Letter of Paul to Philemon is a careful analysis of the oft-overlooked Bible book Philemon. A Love Supreme: A History of Johannine Tradition explores the books of the New Testament that are traditionally attributed to John the Apostle. Interpretation contributor Earl S. Johnson found that the book was "written in a creative and poetic style," and remarked that it "invites a careful reexamination of themes that still provide belief and life in Jesus' name." The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible traces the impact that the Bible has had on African American culture through the decades, from the era of the slave trade to the twenty-first century. Writing for the Black Issues Book Review, Alvelyn J. Sanders described the book as a "lengthy but engaging illustration of the fluid, transcendental and eternal power of the Bible."



Black Issues Book Review, January 1, 2007, "When God Speaks," review of The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible, p. 25.

Interpretation, October, 2006, Earl S. Johnson, review of A Love Supreme: A History of the Johannine Tradition, p. 477.


Brown University Web site, (July 28, 2007), profile of Callahan.