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 occasional thoughts on culture, biblical studies, sports, politics, and pretty much everything else.
Email me at: benj [at] thinkhardthinkwell [dot] com.
I have served on the faculty of LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania, since 2014. In August 2017 I was appointed director of the new Center for Faith and Human Flourishing. I have also taught courses at regional seminaries, including the Evangelical Bible Institute and Zaporozhe Bible Seminary.
Family obligations called us back to the USA for the 2015-2017 school years (read here). During that time, I served as adjunct faculty in Eastern University’s Christian Studies Department, and taught several courses by Skype for LCC.
I also taught several courses for Cairn University’s School of Divinity between 2010 and 2012.
I previously hosted and produced an occasional podcast (Out of Exile) on a whole range of topics in biblical scholarship with my sister, Rebekah Devine. The Out of Exile feed now mainly exists to share my sermon and lecture audio.
I took undergraduate (2006) and master’s (2009) degrees in Biblical Studies from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University), with a brief stop at Westminster Theological Seminary along the way.
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. My articles have been published in international journals such as Vetus Testamentum and Scandinavian Journal of Old Testament.
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 Lithuania and Ukraine.
I am currently a candidate for ordination in ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.
I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…an academic and a churchman…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, plus two siblings-in-law…uncle to Marshall (and Fetus Giffone due in July!)….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 sinner, loved by God for Jesus’s sake, learning to find my identity in Christ alone and to live by the Holy Spirit.