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Dr Benjamin WoldDr Benjamin Wold

Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins

Benjamin ("Ben") 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.), Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD)



Originally from Washington State, Ben studied in the USA (B.A.), Jerusalem (M.A.), Germany (Erasmus exchange), and Britain (Ph.D.). He holds research awards from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. During more than half a decade living and studying in Jerusalem he participated in archaeological excavations, including as a member of excavation teams at Qumran, and has held fellowships from the American School of Oriental Research/Albright Institute (2012/13, 2017). In 2014 Ben was visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Ben’s main interests relate to the study of the New Testament within the context of Second Temple Judaism. Approaches to this topic are particularly focused on languages, literature, material culture, and archaeology from the period. 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 his key interests.

Ben’s publications have focused on early Jewish and Christian wisdom traditions often times with emphasis on Qumran discoveries (Dead Sea Scrolls). Other interests include conceptualizations of “evil” (Dualism, Demonology), the phenomenon of ancient “apocalypticism,” the letter of James, and Matthew’s Gospel. At TCD Ben is a founding member of the Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies ( and co-convener of the Biblical Studies Research Seminar.


  • · 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)

    · 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, STDJ 123 (Leiden: Brill, 2018).

Benjamin Wold, “Sin and Evil in the Letter of James in Light of Qumran Discoveries,” New Testament Studies (2018).

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

The Letter of James in the Light of Qumran Sapiential Tradition (forthcoming 2019).

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 May 2018 (Email).