Faculty


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

Education

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
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

Doctoral Candidate in Theology and Religion (Historical and Patristic Studies) at Durham University

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

Books

       2019

  • 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.

 

       2014

  • “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

 

       2019

  • “Thirty-Five Years Later: A Summary of Didache Scholarship Since 1983” in Currents in Biblical Research17, 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 Quarterly90, no. 2 (2019):  164–81.

 

       2016

  • “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.

 

       2015

  • “‘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.

 

       2014

  • “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.

 

Reviews

       2017

  • Review of The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas: Original Languages and Influences by Simon Gathercole in Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies 2 (2017): 257–59.
  • Review of Paul’s ‘Sprit of Adoption’ in its Roman Imperial Context by Robert Brian Lewis in Biblical Theology Bulletin 27, no. 1 (2017): 139-140.
  • Review of The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy by Robin M. Jensen in Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion (23 August 2017). http://readingreligion.org/books/cross.

 

       2016

  • Review of The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle by N. T. Wright in Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 116-19.
  • Review of The Myth of Rebellious Angels: Studies in Second Temple Judaism and New Testament Texts by Loren T. Stuckenbruck in The Journal of Theological Studies 67, no. 2 (2016): 717–18.
  • Review of A Theology of Mark’s Gospel: Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God by David E. Garland in Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 113-16.
  • Review of The Didache: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Early Christianity edited by Jonathan A. Draper and Clayton N. Jefford in Bulletin of Biblical Research 26, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 302–4.
  • Review of Faith and the Faithfulness of Jesus in Hebrews by Matthew C. Easter in Biblical Theology Bulletin 46, no. 4 (Nov 2016): 216–18.
  • Review of Christian Theology and Its Institutions in the Early Roman Empire: Prolegomena to a History of Early Christian Theology by Christoph Markschies, trans. Wayne Coppins in Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 111–14.
  • Review of The Genre and Development of the Didache by Nancy Pardee in Trinity Journal 37, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 119–21.
  • Review of Augustine’s Theology of Preaching by Peter T. Sanlon in Trinity Journal 37, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 121–23.
  • Review of Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective by Andrew B. McGowan in Trinity Journal 37, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 123–25.
  • Review of You Are My Son: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews by Amy L. B. Peeler in Reviews of Biblical and Early Christian Studies (May 2016).
  • Review of Rediscovering the Apocryphal Continent: New Perspectives on Early Christian and Late Antique Apocryphal Texts and Traditions edited by Pierluigi Piovanelli and Tony Burke in Fides et Humilitas Issue 3 (Winter 2016): 152–55.

 

       2015

  • Review of The Theology of Augustine: An Introductory Guide to His Most Important Works by Matthew Levering in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 19, no. 4 (2015): 146-48.
  • Review of Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life by Peter W. Martens in Fides et Humilitas Issue 2 (Summer 2015): 77–81.
  • Review of Cyril of Alexandria’s Trinitarian Theology of Scripture by Matthew R. Crawford in Fides et Humilitas Issue 2 (Summer 2015): 61–64.

 

       2014

  • Review of The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus by Michael F. Bird in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 18, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 151–54.
  • Review of Union with Christ in the New Testament by Grant Macaskill, in Journal of Evangelical Theological Society 57, no. 4 (December 2014): 844–47.
  • Review of For Whom Did Christ Die? The Extent of the Atonement in Paul’s Theology by Jarvis J. Williams for Books at a Glance (August 4, 2014).
  • Review of Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books by Michael J. Kruger, in Trinity Journal 35, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 159–61.
  • Review of The Early Text of the New Testament edited by Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger, in Midwestern Journal of Theology 13, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 195–99.
  • Review of Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity edited by Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne, in Midwestern Journal of Theology 13, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 186–88.
  • Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Vol 4 of Christian Origins and the Question of God by N.T. Wright for Books at a Glance (May 3, 2014).                   

 

       2013

  • Review of Apocalyptic Imagination in the Gospel of Mark: The Literary and Theological Role of Mark 3:22–30 by Elizabeth E. Shively, in IBR: Bulletin of Biblical Research 23, no. 3 (2013): 429–31.
  • Review of The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians by Thomas O’Loughlin, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 17, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 94–95.
  • Review of Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church by Michael Haykin, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 17, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 93–94.
  • Review of Stop Asking Jesus Into your Heart: How to Know for Sure You are Saved by J.D. Greear for The Gospel Coalition Book Reviews (February 2013).

 

Digital Publications

  • “A Strategic Approach to Reading Background Texts of the New Testament,” theLAB: The Logos Academic Blog (June 27, 2017). https://academic.logos.com/wilhite-reading-plan-nt-background/
  • “7 Ways to Care for your Pastor,” The Gospel Coalition (Feb 11, 2016). https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/7-ways-to-care-for-your-pastor

 

PRESENTATIONS

       2019

  • August 19–24: International Conference on Patristic Studies. Oxford, UK. In so far as he has manifested himself as human”: An Exploration of Cyril of Alexandria’s Partitive Reading Strategy.”
  • March 29: Evangelical Theological Society Far West Region. Riverside, CA. “The Divine Paul has spoken concerning the Monogenes”: The Philippian Hymn in Cyril’s Dialogues on the Trinity.

 

       2018

  • July 30–August 3: International Society of Biblical Literature. Helsinki, Finland. “‘You Must Love Those Who Hate You’: The Use of Social Identity Theory, the Identity of Persecution, and Social Oppression in the Didache’s Two Ways.”
  • May 24–26: North American Patristics Society. Chicago, IL. “‘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).”

 

       2017

  • November 18–21: Society of Biblical Literature. Boston, MA (and ETS, RI November 15–17). “‘To Which of the Angels did God Ever Say?’: Filial Language and the Angelic Polemic in Hebrews 1–2.”
  • May 25–27: North American Patristics Society. Chicago, IL. “‘A Psalm Implies Serenity of Soul’: Basil of Caesarea’s Virtue Reading of Psalm 1.”
  • March 12–13: Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting. Fullerton, CA: “‘There are Two Ways’: Ancient Two Ways Texts as an Apocalyptic Sub-Genre of Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Literature.”                                   

 

       2016

  • November 15–17: Evangelical Theological Society. San Antonio, TX. “‘Is the Lord of the Two Angels?’: Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho, Early Christian Hermeneutics, and His Pneumatological Christian Readings.”
  • May 26–28: North American Patristics Society. Chicago, IL. “‘Bless those who Curse You’: Persecution and Martyrdom as it Shapes Christian Identity in the Didache
  • April 15: Evangelical Theological Society Far West Region. San Diego, CA. “Is the Didache an Apocalyptic Anomaly?” How the Didache’s Two-Way Tradition Alters Early Christian Tradition.”
  • March 13–14: Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting. Claremont, CA. “‘There are two ways of life’: The Didache and Apocalyptic Alteration in Early Christianity”

 

       2015

  • November 20–23: Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. “Atonement and Cultic Cosmology: Reception of Heavenly Atonement in Origen of Alexandria’s Reading of Hebrews”
  • November 17–19: Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. “The Reception of Biblical Traditions in the Didache: The Social and Hermeneutical Effect of Received Traditions”
  • November 11: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Housh Talk. Louisville, KY. “‘The Day of Atonement Remains for Us Until the Sun Sets’: Origen of Alexandria’s Reading of Hebrews and the Perpetual Heavenly Day of Atonement”
  • September 16: Andrew Fuller Center Conference. Louisville, KY. “Didache, Martyrdom, and Christian Identity: The Ethical Motifs and Apocalyptic Vision of Persecution and Martyrdom in the Didache as it Shapes Christian Identity”
  • May 27: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 2015 Summer Greek Reading Group: The Letters of Ignatius Class Lecture. “Ignatius of Antioch: An Historical and Thematic Introduction”
  • April 15: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Housh Talk. Louisville, KY.“‘The Lord will come with all His Saints’: The Reception of Zechariah 14 in Didache 16 as a Martyrological Paraenetic”
  • April 10–11: Evangelical Theological Society Midwest Regional Meeting. Chicago, IL.  “Atonement in the Heavenly Holy of Holies: Early Reception of Hebrews and Atonement in Origen of Alexandria”

 

       2014

  • November 19–21: Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. “Revisiting the Historical Present: John 13 as a Test Case for the Prominence of Discourse Features”
  • June 17: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 2014 Summer Greek Reading Group: The Martyrdom of Polycarp Class Lecture. “The Martyrdom of Polycarp as Imitatio Christi: A Pedagogical Reshaping of Polycarp’s Passion for Ethical Imitation”
  • April 23: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Housh Talk. Louisville, KY. “Discourse Features and the Historical Present”
  • March 21–22: Evangelical Theological Society Southeast Regional Meeting. Birmingham, AL. “Revisiting the Historical Present: John 13 as a Test Case for the Prominence of Discourse Features”

 

2013

  • November 11: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Housh Talk.Louisville, KY. “Did Early Communities Have a Pauline Reading of Hebrews?”

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

2011–        Evangelical Theological Society    

2013–        North American Patristics Society

2013–        Society of Biblical Literature

Church Membership / Activities

Redeemer Baptist Church (Pastor)