Greetings! My name is Benjamin Giffone; I’m a biblical and religious studies educator, and a church musician. This website includes both my academic writings and my weekly(ish) thoughts on culture, biblical studies, sports, and pretty much everything else.
Email me at: benj [at] thinkhardthinkwell [dot] com.
Family obligations have called us back to the USA for the 2015-2017 school years (read here). During that time, I have served as adjunct faculty in Eastern University’s Christian Studies Department, and taught by Skype for LCC.
We plan to return to LCC in Fall 2017; I will serve as a faculty member in OT and as director of a new research center.
I also taught several courses for Cairn University’s School of Divinity between 2010 and 2012.
I took undergraduate (2006) and master’s (2009) degrees in Biblical Studies from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University).
From 2011 through 2014, I completed a graduate program in Old Testament at Stellenbosch University under the supervision of Louis C. Jonker. I received the Master of Theology (MTh) degree (cum laude) in March 2012 for a thesis entitled, “From Time-Bound to Timeless: The Rhetoric of Lamentations and its Appropriation.” In January 2014, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation,“Sit at My Right Hand: The Chronicler’s Portrait of the Tribe of Benjamin in the Social Context of Yehud.”
My primary research interest continues to be the Deuteronomistic History and Chronicles. I am interested in applying the tools of social science to the study of the Hebrew Bible in its context.
As a secondary interest, I am currently studying the textual history of the Old Testament and its implications for New Testament interpretation and Christian theology.
I also enjoy reading and writing about Hebrew laments, as well as the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament.
I have served as a part-time music director at three different churches, most recently at Lansdale Presbyterian Church from 2011 to 2014. I have preached in churches of various stripes (Presbyterian, Reformed, Mennonite, Pietist, Baptist, independent) in the PA-NJ-DE area, and also in the Free Churches of Lithuania.
I am currently a candidate for ordination in ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.
I’m a native North Jerseyan, living in Southeastern Pennsylvania…an academic and liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, plus two siblings-in-law…uncle to Marshall….I enjoy reading about history and economics, and watching and playing most sports.
From 2008 to 2014, I played all manner of instruments with three moody, broody Italian brothers in a band called The No Longer.
Most importantly, I’m a wretched sinner, loved by God for Jesus’s sake, learning to find my identity in Christ alone and to live by the Holy Spirit.