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Dr Benjamin WoldDr Benjamin Wold

Assistant Professor in Ancient Judaism and Christianity

Benjamin Wold is accepting applications for Ph.D. students

t: +353 1 896 1375/896 1297

Academic Degrees / Qualifications

M.A. (Dubl., Jerusalem), Ph.D. (Durh.)


Before joining the Department of Religions and Theology at TCD in 2007, Benjamin Wold was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Institute for Ancient Judaism and Hellenistic Religions (Institut für antikes Judentum und hellenistische Religionsgeschichte) at the University of Tübingen, Germany. In addition to studies at Durham University, both Ph.D. and Post-doctoral, he has also spent time at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. During more than half a decade living and studying in Jerusalem he participated in archaeological excavations, including as a volunteer at excavations at Qumran, and has held fellowships from the American School of Oriental Research/Albright Institute (National Endowment for the Humanities 2012/13 and Senior Associate Fellow 2017).

Research Interests

The interaction between religious traditions in ancient Jewish thought and practice from the third century BCE to the second century CE and how they contribute to our understanding of the cultural contexts that exerted influence on emerging Christianity are Benjamin’s key interests. Approaches to this topic are particularly focused on languages, literature, material culture, and archaeology from the period.

Benjamin’s publications have focused on ancient Jewish wisdom traditions and especially Dead Sea Scrolls. Other interests include conceptualizations of “evil” (Dualism, Demonology) and the phenomenon of ancient “apocalypticism.”


  • · The Historical Jesus and the Gospels (HE2313)

    · The End of the World: The Johannine Writings (HE2314)

    · Paul and the Development of Early Christianity (HE2325)

    · Pauline Letters in Context (HE2326)

    · Sects & Sages: The New Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls (HE4008)

    In addition to teaching Intermediate and Advanced level Greek courses, Benjamin also regularly reads Post-biblical Hebrew and Classical Ethiopic (Ge‘ez) in graduate seminars.


Recent Publications

Benjamin Wold, 4QInstruction: Divisions and Hierarchies (Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judea; Leiden: Brill, 2017).

Evil, the Devil, and Demons: Dualistic Characteristics in the Religion of Israel, Ancient Judaism, and Christianity (eds. Benjamin Wold, Jan Dochhorn & Susanne Rudnig-Zelt; WUNT II 412; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016), pp. 297, pls. I–XIV.

Benjamin Wold, “Is the ‘Firstborn Son’ in 4Q369 a Messiah? The Evidence from 4QInstruction,” Revue de Qumran 29/1 (2017): 3–20.

Benjamin Wold, “Genesis 2–3 in Early Christianity and 4QInstruction,” Dead Sea Discoveries 23/3 (2016): 329–46.

Publications in Process/Forthcoming

Early Christian Wisdom in the Light of New Discoveries from Qumran (forthcoming 2018).

Editorial Board

Benjamin serves on the editorial board for the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Sage).

List of undergraduate theses and PhD theses supervised


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Last updated 29 January 2018 (Email).