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Dr. Benjamin Wold

Assistant Professor (Religions and Theology)


My scholarly pursuits centre upon Judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds. My research and teaching interests in this area often times give special attention to new developments in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This area of specialization is the product of my graduate training at Durham University, Tübingen University (Ph.D. Erasmus exchange), and Hebrew University (Rothberg). I completed an MA in Second Temple Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. As part of this training I learned Modern Hebrew, Classical Hebrew, Post-biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Classical Greek and at Durham added Classical Ethiopic (Ge'ez). During my nearly four years in Jerusalem I participated in archaeological excavations (Qumran, Wadi Maraba'at) as a volunteer and traveled extensively in the Levant. While studying for a Ph.D. at Durham University I was the recipient of a Lightfoot Scholarship and when I completed my degree was invited to a post-doctoral fellowship in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Durham University (2004-6). The Alexander von Humboldt-foundation recognized my scholarly contributions and ongoing work with an award in 2006, a fellowship that was hosted at the University of Tübingen (Institut für antikes Judentum und hellenistische Religionsgeschichte). Recently I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to research at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in east Jerusalem. While there I am completing a book entitled "The Revelatory Discourse of 4QInstruction."
  Early Christianity in the context of Greco Roman antiquity   Galilee in Hellenistic and Roman times   Jewish identity in the Hellenistic world   Jewish studies   Second temple Judaism

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Associate Editor, De Gruyter Open 2012
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Fluent Medium Medium
Greek Basic Basic Basic
Hebrew Fluent Medium Medium
Spanish Basic Basic Basic
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-Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)-American Academy of Religion (AAR)-Enoch Seminar-International Organization of Qumran Studies (IOQS)-Society for the Study of Judaism in Late Antiquity (Durham University)-Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Hebrew University)-European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)-European Association of Jewish Studies (EAJS)
Benjamin Wold, Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudnig-Zelt, The Devil, Demons, and Dualism, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2014, Book, IN_PRESS
Apotropaic Prayer and the Matthean Lord's Prayer in, editor(s)B. Wold, J. Dochhorn, S. Rudnig-Zelt , The Devil, Demons, and Dualism, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2014, pp1-12 , [Benjamin Wold], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Representatives of Wisdom in Luke 7:35, 1 Enoch and 4QInstruction in, editor(s)Loren Stuckenbruck and Gabriele Baccacnini , Enoch and the Snyoptic Gospels, Atlanta, Scholars Press, 2014, pp1-20 , [Benjamin Wold], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Teacher of Righteousness, M. Satlow, Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, 2014, [Benjamin Wold], Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, IN_PRESS
Benjamin Wold, Who May Ascend to the Heavens: The Construction of Authority in 4QInstruction, Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association, 2014, p1-23 , Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Benjamin Wold, Yetzer Ra in 4QInstruction, Kiel Symposium on Evil in Antiquity, University of Kiel, Germany, 2-3 November, 2013, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Christianitas Antiqua, Gdańsk, Gdańsk University, [eds.], 1 year, 2013, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
Benjamin Wold, Representatives of Wisdom in Luke 7:35, 4QInstruction, and 1 Enoch, Enoch Seminar: Experts Meeting for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins, Camoldoli, Italy, July, 2013, Loren Stuckenbruck and Gabriele Boccaccini, 1-12pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Benjamin Wold, Who May Ascend to the Heavens? Authority in 4QInstruction, Autumn Meeting of the Irish Biblical Association, 22 October, 2013, Irish Biblical Association, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Exile in Second Temple and Hellenistic Judaism, in Sidnie W. Crawford, Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Walter de Gruyter, 2013, pp1-4 , [Benjamin Wold], Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, PUBLISHED

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Award Date
Barton Fellowship, Albright Institute for Archaelogical Research (declined) 2007
Alexander von Humboldt-Stipendium 2006-2007
Lightfoot Scholarship, Durham University 2001-2002
Lampstand Foundation Scholarship 1994-2003
Alexander von Humboldt (Return Fellowship) 2010
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant December 2012
Honorary Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong June-August 2014
Vice President, Irish Biblical Association 2014-2016
Honorary President, Theological Society (TCD) 2013-2014