Benjamin Johnson

Ben JohnsonDr Benjamin JM Johnson

Tutor in Biblical Interpretation

Email: benjamin.johnson [at]

BA (Trinity Western University) MA (Multnomah University), ThM (Western Seminary), PhD (University of Durham)

Dr Johnson has been on the Tutorial staff at Wycliffe since 2012. Before coming to Wycliffe Dr Johnson was Adjunct Lecturer in New Testament Greek at Cranmer Hall while he finished his PhD at Durham University.

Dr Johnson’s research interests range from biblical narrative to Septuagint studies to biblical theology. However, his primary research and teaching interests revolve around the questions: How does biblical narrative work? And how do we appropriately and responsibly interpret Scripture? At Wycliffe he applies these interests in his teaching on various aspects of biblical studies, biblical interpretation, and biblical theology.

Dr Johnson is a member of the Society for Old Testament Study and the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies, and the Society of Biblical Literature where he is a founding member of the steering committee for the Book of Samuel Session. He and his wife Sarah have two young children, Samuel and Genevieve, who keep them very busy.


Classes Taught

Introduction to the Old Testament: Pentateuch

Studies in the Old Testament: Historical Books

Further Studies in the Old Testament: Book of Samuel

Narrative World of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Selected Topics in the Old Testament: Prophecy

Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Biblical Interpretation

Introduction to the New Testament: Gospel of Matthew

Biblical Theology




2015. Reading David and Goliath in Greek and Hebrew: A Literary Approach (Forschungen zum Alten Testament II/82. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck).


Journal Articles and Chapters

Forthcoming. “Characterizing Chiastic Contradiction: Literary Structure, Divine Repentance, and Dialogical Biblical Theology in 1 Samuel 15:10-35,” in Theology of the Hebrew Bible: Jewish and Christian Readings (ed. Marvin Sweeney; SBL Resources for Biblical Study Monograph Series; Atlanta: SBL).

Forthcoming. “Israel at the Time of the United Monarchy: David and Solomon,” in The Biblical World (Revised Edition; edited by Katharine Dell; Oxford: Routledge).

2016. "Reading the Septuagint: The Hermeneutical Problem of a Translated Text," in Authoritative Texts and Reception History: Aspects and Approaches (ed. Dan Batovici and Kristin De Troyer; BIS; Leiden: Brill), 20-40.

2015. "Narrative Sensitivity and the Variation of Verb Tense in 1 Reigns 17:34-37," Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies 48: 54-71.

Winner of the 2013 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies awarded by the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies. 

2015. "A Nazorean and a Nazirite: Jesus and Samson in Matthew 1-2," Expository Times 126.12: 586-92.

2013. "David Then and Now: Double-Voiced Discourse in 1 Samuel 16:14-23," Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 38.2: 201-15.

2013: "Did David Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight? Literary and Historical Considerations in Interpreting David's Victory over Goliath," Expository Times 124.11: 530-37.

2012. "Reconsidering 4QSama and the Textual Support for the Long and Short Versions of the David and Goliath Story," Vetus Testamentum 62.4: 534-49.

2012. "The Heart of Yhwh's Chosen One in 1 Samuel," Journal of Biblical Literature 131.3: 455-66.

2011. "'Whoever Gives Me Thorns and Thistles': Rhetorical Ambiguity and the Use of מי יתן in Isaiah 27:2-6," Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 36.1: 105-26.

2010. "What Type of Son is Samson? Reading Judges 13 as a Biblical Type-Scene," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 53.2: 269-86.


Current and Forthcoming Research

Who is the Son of Jesse? A Literary Exploration of David (a monograph on the character of David).

Characters and Characterization in 1-2 Samuel. Edited with Keith Bodner. LHBOTS. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, under contract and forthcoming.

Characters and Characterization in 1-2 Kings. Edited with Keith Bodner. LHBOTS. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, under contract and forthcoming.

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart. Cascade Companions. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, under contract and forthcoming.


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