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Dale Allison

Dale Allison is someone who knows quite a lot — he's a leading NT scholar and an expert on the historical Jesus — but there's still one thing that eludes his grasp: death. Still, as a self-described "victim of his own curiosity," Allison can't help but ask about it. What happens when we die? What does the Bible say about it? What can we know about it? What's left to our imagination? These are the questions Allison asks in his new book Night Comes: Death, Imagination, and the Last Things.

Night Comes

Night Comes is born partly out of Allison's own brush with death at the age of 23, an experience which revealed his own fear of death and sparked a continued fascination with its meaning. The book is a very personal attempt to make sense of traditional eschatological ideas in light of their often strange 2,000 year-old history and in terms of modern knowledge as well as religious experience.

Allison is Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books for both scholarly and more popular audiences, including The Luminous Dusk and The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus.