Shawn Wilhite

Shawn J. Wilhite, Ph.D., Th.M.

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-2196
Email: swilhite@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Office Location: Tyler Plaza
Office Hours: By Appointment


Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
Ph.D. Theology and Religion (Historical and Patristic Studies) Durham University 2023
Ph.D. New Testament Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 2017
Th.M. Theological and Historical Studies (Patristics) Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 2017
Th.M. New Testament Master's Seminary 2012
M.Div. Master's Seminary 2010
B.A. Christian Studies California Baptist University 2006

Additional Education

Additional post-graduate studies at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

My primary field of research is New Testament and Early Christianity, which includes the Christian scriptures, Patristic theology, and use of Scripture in early Christian thought. My current research focuses on Cyril of Alexandria, Patristic Spirituality, and the Christian Scriptures, specifically Hebrews and Matthew.

Other interests include: Hermeneutics, History of Interpretation, Apostolic Fathers, Classical and Koine Greek, Late Roman Empire, Classical Latin Literature, Historical Jesus Research.

Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

Chair of Latin Dept., Sayers Classical Academy, Louisville KY (2012–2015)

Assistant Teacher, Boyce College, Louisville KY (2014–2015)

Research, Presentations, and Publications


         Forthcoming or Under Contract

  • Didache: A Handbook on the Greek Text. Baylor Handbook on the Greek Apostolic Fathers. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, forthcoming 2028.
  • The Care of Souls as the Art of Arts: Contemporary Pastoral Ministry and the Patristic Tradition. Authored with Coleman M. Ford. Crossway, forthcoming 2024. 



  • The Didache: An Introductory Commentary. Apostolic Fathers Commentary Series 1. Cascade Books.
  • “One of Life and One of Death”: Apocalypticism and the Didache’s Two Ways. Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics 70. Gorgias Press. 
  • Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader. Vols. 1–6 Glossa House, 2015–2019.



  • “I am Patrick”: The Life and Theology of Patrick of Ireland. Coauthored with Michael A.G. Haykin and Aaron Matherly. Christian Focus.                 


Chapters, Articles, or Individual Works



  • “‘The Son is one in essence (homoousion) with the Father’: Athanasius of Alexandria’s Trinitarian Theology,” In The Doctrine of the Trinity: Retrieving Nicene Orthodoxy for Renewal Today, edited by Matthew Barrett. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2023. 



  • “The Beatific Vision and Augustine: Happiness and Beatific Enjoyment in Seeing God.” Credo Magazine 13, no. 3 (2022).



  • “‘Was it Not the Only Begotten that was Speaking Long Ago”: Cyril of Alexandria’s Christological Exegesis in His Commentary on Hebrews (Heb. 1:1–2).” Studia Patristica 129 (2021): 39–50.



  • “What Does it Mean to be ‘Pro-Nicene’? The Development of Pro-Nicene Theology.” Credo Magazine 10, no. 4 (2020).
  • “Gregory of Nyssa: The Father of Fathers” in Credo Magazine 10, no. 2 (2020).



  •  “Thirty-Five Years Later: A Summary of Didache Scholarship Since 1983” in Currents in Biblical Research 17, no. 3 (June 2019): 266–305.
  •  “‘Is the Lord of Two Angels?’: Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho and His Pneumatological Christian Readings” in Evangelical Quarterly 90, no. 2 (2019): 164–81.
  • “‘A Psalm Implies Serenity of Soul’: Basil of Caesarea’s Virtuous Reading of Psalm 1” in Criswell Theological Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 2019): 67–84. 



  • “Revisiting the Historical Present: John 13 as a Test Case for the Prominence of Discourse Features,” in Trinity Journal (Winter 2016).
  • “The Didache—An Introduction.” Coauthored with Michael A. G. Haykin, in Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader vol 2. Glossa House, 2016.
  • “Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Hebrews, and Revelation,” in Vulgate Interlinear Project (Faithlife 2016).
  • “An ‘Unspeakably Narrow Discipline’: Martin Hengel and the Need for Interdisciplinary Scholarship,” co-authored with Coleman Ford, Fides et Humilitas: The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies Issue 3 (Winter 2016): 1–6.



  • “‘That We Too Might Be Imitators of Him’: The Martyrdom of Polycarp as Imitatio Christi,” in Churchman (Winter 2015): 319–36.
  • “The Didache” and “Martyrdom of Polycarp.” In Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader, edited by Shawn J. Wilhite. Glossa House, 2014–2017.
  • “Editorial: Scholars in Dialogue: A Banquet of Interdisciplinary Influence,” co-authored with Coleman Ford, Fides et Humilitas: The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies Issue 2 (Summer 2015): 1–3.
  • “Apostolic Constitutions and Canons,” “Didache–Critical Issues,” and “Papias.” In Lexham Bible Dictionary, edited by John D. Barry. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2015.



  • “Review Article: Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews by David Moffitt,” Fides et Humilitas: The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies Issue 1 (Winter 2014): 72–83.
  • “What is Ancient Christianity,” co-authored with Coleman Ford, Fides et Humilitas: The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies Issue 1, no. 1 (Winter 2014): 1–6.


Edited Volumes

  • Series Editor with Paul A. Hartog. Apostolic Fathers Commentary Series, Cascade.
  • Series Editor with Michael A. G. Haykin. Early Church Fathers. Christian Focus.
  • Series Editor. Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader, Glossa House, 2014–2017.
  • Editor-in-Chief. Fides et Humilitas: The Journal for Ancient Christian Studies.




2011–        Evangelical Theological Society    

2013–        North American Patristics Society

2013–        Society of Biblical Literature

Church Membership / Activities

Redeemer Baptist Church (Pastor)