Category Archives: Research

My academic (I flatter myself!) inquiries into the biblical texts, the ANE, historical and literary criticism, and the social sciences.

Joshua 22: Should We Believe the Transjordan Tribes?

Regarding Joshua 22, in which the Transjordan tribes (Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh—Gilead) return to their inheritance after helping the other tribes conquer their territory: on its face, the narrative presents a potentially explosive situation, that ends up resolved peacefully. But is that all that is going on, or is there more to it? Continue reading

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On In-Person Worship, Civil Authorities, and Christian Freedom

I’ve prepared an essay entitled, “Technologising of Worship Before and During Pandemic: Epistemology, Eschatology, and Presence,” which is under review with a journal. However, I wanted to share portions of it here before publication, for the benefit of anyone who might be interested. In his excerpt, I argue that Romans 13 and 1 Corinthians 8 cannot be used to justify Christian leaders’ acceptance of government orders to cease in-person worship, even during a pandemic. Continue reading

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New Article in EJT on LXX, Jeremiah, Textual Plurality, and Theological Interpretation

My article, developed from a conference paper delivered several years ago, has just been published:

Benjamin D. Giffone, “Can Theological Interpretation Soften the Protestant Problem of Old Testament Textual Plurality? Jeremiah as a Test Case,” European Journal of Theology 29.2 (2020): 153–178. DOI: 10.5117/EJT2020.2.004.GIFF.

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Book Summary: ‘Sit At My Right Hand’

For the purposes of another project, I recently undertook to write a summary of my 2016 dissertation monograph, ‘Sit At My Right Hand’: The Chronicler’s Portrait of the Tribe of Benjamin in the Social Context of Yehud (available from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Tracking the Master Scribe”

My review of Sara J. Milstein’s Tracking the Master Scribe has been published in the most recent issue of Canadian-American Theological Review. Here is an excerpt from the conclusion, but you should subscribe to read the full review and all the … Continue reading

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Sermon/Devotional: Think Local

This is the video of a devotional recorded for our sisters and brothers at First Presbyterian Church of Endicott, NY entitled, “Think Local”; the text was Philemon 10–12. I plucked up my courage (or perhaps chickened out—you decide) and addressed … Continue reading

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Legaspi on the Academic and Scriptural Bibles

“I believe that the scriptural Bible and the academic Bible are fundamentally different creations oriented toward rival interpretive communities. Though in some ways homologous, they can and should function independently if each is to retain its integrity. While it is … Continue reading

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New Publication: “Meaningful Work and Human Flourishing”

I’m pleased to announce the publication of a handbook chapter that I’ve coauthored with Jon P. Radwan of Seton Hall University: “Meaningful Work and Human Flourishing: Communication Lessons from the Judeo-Christian Tradition.” Continue reading

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How Academic Research Supports Mission

Just about every December for the last few years, I have looked back over the paucity of blog activity in the calendar year, made some sort of apology to my audience (however wide or narrow it–or you–may be), and reflected on how very blessed I am as a professor to have so many outlets for creativity and thoughtful engagement. This year, nearly every post pertained to a sermon, a talk, or an academic publication. The one that did not–besides this one–hearkened back to earlier days when I would often share quotations from books that I was reading which were stimulating but too far above my level of full comprehension. (I’m much too busy and too prideful to do that, now–what would my students think if they realized I don’t understand everything I read?!) Continue reading

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New Article in OTE

My article, based on last year’s presentation at the international meeting of the SBL (Helsinki, 2018), has just been published in OTE:

“‘Israel’s’ Only Son? The Complexity of Benjaminite Identity Between Judah and Joseph,” Old Testament Essays 32.3 (2019): 956–972. Continue reading

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