Thursday, February 10, 2005

Callahan, A Love Supreme

This press release is from Fortress (and I will take the opportunity to add, as I do from time to time, that Fortress remain the only publishers who send me these. Where's everyone else's publicity people?):

Callahan Offers Original and Compelling Reconstruction of the Johannine Tradition

MINNEAPOLIS (February 10, 2005)— In A Love Supreme: A History of the Johannine Tradition, Allen Dwight Callahan suggests that scholars have wrongly placed the sequence and therefore the importance of the works collectively known as the Johannine tradition — the Gospel of John and the Johannine Epistles. His proposal includes literary, theological, and historical analysis as he argues for the reevaluation of a significant part of the biblical canon.

"The Johannine Epistles — are the literary beginnings of a process that ultimately bears fruit in a narrative representation of Jesus. In the Epistles of John and the Gospel of John, we learn that the greatest love is to live for one's friends. Love is how one lives, not how one dies, and one may only die in love as one lives in love. No one has greater love than to put one's life at the disposal of those one loves."
— from the Prologue

“Why didn’t anyone open our eyes to the Gospel of John like this before? . . . Callahan restores John’s story of Jesus’ mission to the concrete political turmoil of first century Palestine. . . . Callahan cuts through many an apparent enigma in John and enables us to see how John is indeed a story of the Word made flesh, politically embodied.”

—Richard A. Horsley, Professor of Classics and Religion, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Allen Dwight Callahan is Visiting Professor of Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School and Professor of New Testament at Seminário Theológico Batista do Nordeste (Brazil), and the author of Embassy of Onesimus: The Letter of Paul to Philemon (1997).

Format: Paperback 138 pages 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Item No: 0800637089
Price: $20.00

To order A Love Supreme: A History of the Johannine Tradition call Fortress Press at 1-800-328-4648 or visit the web site at To request review copies or exam copies please call 1-800-426-0115 ext. 234 or email

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