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Dr. Benjamin Wold

Associate Professor (School of Religion)


My path to Trinity College Dublin includes training in Portland, OR (B.A.), Jerusalem (M.A., and Semitic Languages Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg), Germany (Ph.D. Erasmus+ exchange at the University Tübingen), and Britain (Ph.D. at Durham University, advisor: Loren Stuckenbruck). After completing my Ph.D. I held a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University before receiving an Alexander von Humboldt research award which was hosted by the Institute for Ancient Judaism and Hellenistic Religions at the University of Tübingen. I am broadly interested in the cultures and literature of the ancient Mediterranean world, especially Judaism and nascent Christianity. My research is focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish thought in the second and first centuries BCE. I have regularly volunteered at archaeological excavations, including twice at Qumran. Following on from formal study in Jerusalem, I have since held fellowships at the American School of Oriental Research (Albright Institute); once with an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2012/13) and again as a Senior Fellow (2017). I recently completed a monograph titled "Qumran Wisdom and the New Testament" which is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in late 2022. In 2018 I was elected to Fellowship at TCD. I am the co-founder and current director of the Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies ( I am presently accepting applications from prospective Ph.D. students who are interested to research in early Jewish studies, and especially the intersection of early Judaism and New Testament literature. Recent (last five years) Ph.D. theses completed under my supervision, or in their final stages, include: - A Feminist Reconstruction of the Message to Thyatira in the Book of Revelation. - Warding Off Evil: An Analysis of Apotropaic Tradition in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Synoptic Gospels [Published with Mohr Siebeck]. - The Significance of Obduracy and Obfuscation Motifs in the Letters of Paul. - Oral Legislation in Rabbinic Judaism: A Comparative Study of the Jurisdiction and the Shabbat Halakhot in the Mishnah and Qumran Scrolls (2nd Century BCE - 2nd Century CE). - Wisdom in Transition in Early Judaism and the Letter of James. - Inheritance, Identity and Inclusion in the Gospel of Matthew and Antecedent Tradition [Accepted for publication with Baylor University Press]. - Spirit and Water: Early Jewish Immersion Traditions and the New Testament. - Religious Experience of Heavenly Cult: A Study in the Ascension of Isaiah. - Poverty and Wealth in Matthew's Gospel
  Apocalypticism   Historical Jesus Studies   Jewish studies   New Testament   Qumran Studies   Second temple Judaism
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Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Sage Publishers, editorial board 2015-2018
Associate Editor, De Gruyter Open (Religious Studies) 2012-2016
External Examiner, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Department of Theology, Religious Studies, and Islamic Studies. 2008-2012
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
German Fluent Medium Medium
Greek Fluent Medium Basic
Hebrew Fluent Medium Medium
Spanish Basic Basic Basic
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Society of Biblical Studies (SBL) 2000 Present
European Association of Biblical Studies 2004 Present
European Association of Jewish Studies 2007 Present
Enoch Seminar 2004 Present
British New Testament Society 2000 Present
International Organization of Qumran Studies (IOQS) 2004 Present
Benjamin Wold, Qumran Wisdom and the New Testament, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2022, 1 - 300pp, Book, ACCEPTED
"Fleshly Spirit" and "Vessel of Flesh" in 4QInstruction and the Thanksgiving Hymns in, editor(s)James Aitken, Hector Patmore and Ishay Rosen-Zvi , The Evil Inclination in Early Judaism and Christianity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp49 - 64, [Benjamin Wold], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Debt Remission and the Matthean Lord's Prayer in, editor(s)Beth Langstaff, Michael Tilley and Loren T. Stuckenbruck , The Lord's Prayer: Origins, Significance, and Reception, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2021, pp1-25 , [Benjamin Wold], Notes: [WUNT Series], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED  URL
Israel's Scriptures in the New Testament: Wisdom in, editor(s)Matthias Henze & David Lincicum , The Old Testament in the New: Israel's Scriptures in the New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings, Grand Rapids, MI, Eerdmans, 2021, pp1-18 , [Benjamin Wold], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Benjamin Wold, "Mystery" in the Wisdom of Solomon and 4QInstruction, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 31, (1), 2021, p28 - 47, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 30, 1, (2020), 1-56p, Benjamin Wold & Daniele Pevarello, [eds.], Notes: [Theme: Jewish Wisdom from the Judean Wilderness to Diaspora. Contributors: William Horbury, Elisa Uusimäki, Jeremy Corley, Daniele Pevarello, and Benjamin Wold], Journal, PUBLISHED  DOI
Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 30, 2, (2020), 59 - 114p, Benjamin Wold & Daniele Pevarello, [eds.], Notes: [Theme: Jewish Wisdom from the Judean Wilderness to Diaspora; contributors: George J. Brooke, Jonathan Ben Dov, Asaf Gayer, Benjamin Wold.], Journal, PUBLISHED  DOI
Benjamin Wold, Pope Francis on "Lead Us Not Into Temptation": Historical and Linguistic Comments, SEARCH, 43, (1), 2020, p35 - 39, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Benjamin Wold, "Ḥokma of the Hands" in Early Jewish Sapiential Tradition and the Letter of James, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 30, (2), 2020, p74 - 86, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Wisdom in the New Testament in, editor(s)M. J. Goff and S. Adams , The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Wisdom Literature, Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Blackwell, 2019, pp351 - 367, [Benjamin Wold], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD) 2018
Senior Associate Fellow - Albright Institute for Archaeological Research (Jerusalem) 1 January 2017 to 31 August 2017
Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong June-August 2014
Vice President, Irish Biblical Association 2014-15
Honorary President, Theological Society (TCD) 2013-2014
National Endowment for the Humanities award December 2012
M.A. Jure officii, Trinity College Dublin 2011
Alexander von Humboldt (Forschungsaufenthalt) 2010
Alexander von Humboldt award 2006-2007
Lightfoot Scholarship, Durham University 2001-2002
Erasmus+ Ph.D. exchange to University of Tübingen, Germany (12-months) 2002-2003