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Dr. Benjamin Grant White

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Email: [email protected]
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2023
Expertise: New Testament

Biography:
In addition to his role at Gordon-Conwell, Dr. White is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Divinity School. His research interests include Paul, modern theology from Kierkegaard to Barth, the “rise” of early Christianity, and the relationship between historical and theological interpretation. He has held visiting positions at Yale and Princeton and has presented his work in a variety of settings, including in invited papers at Columbia and Princeton. His first book, Pain and Paradox in 2 Corinthians: The Transformative Function of Strength in Weakness (Mohr Siebeck, 2021), offers a re-interpretation of 2 Corinthians that focuses on the community’s experience of pain and the literary and theological approaches needed to appreciate Paul’s response in his strength in weakness discourses. It was honored with a review panel at the 2022 British New Testament Conference in St Andrews, UK. Dr. White is also editor, with John M.G. Barclay, of a collection entitled The New Testament in Comparison: Validity, Method, and Purpose in Comparing Traditions (T&T Clark, 2020).

Dr. White has also served in pastoral ministry, and he is currently a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians in Chicago. He is also a former pastoral tutor at St John’s College, Durham. His writing for lay people has appeared in Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, and Mere Orthodoxy.

Degrees

  • PhD (University of Durham)
  • MATS (Regent College, Vancouver)

Select List of Publications

  • Pain and Paradox in 2 Corinthians: The Transformative Function of Strength in Weakness. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2021.
  • John M.G. Barclay and B.G. White, eds. The New Testament in Comparison: Validity, Method, and Purpose in Comparing Traditions. London: T&T Clark, 2020.
  • “Interpreting Pauline Paradox: A Response to Gorman’s Cruciformity Concept,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 44:2 (2022): 172-194.
  • “The Varieties of Pain: Re-examining the Setting and Purpose of 2 Corinthians With Paul’s λυπWords,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament (JSNT) 43:2 (2020): 147-172.
  • “Pleasing the Outsider (1 Cor. 14.24)? Paul and Barth on the Presence of Christ and the Eschatological Surprise of Difference” in Stanley Porter, ed., Paul and Politics (Leiden: Brill, TBA) [Invited]
  • “Introduction,” with John Barclay in The New Testament in Comparison (T&T Clark, 2020), 1-8.
  • “2 Corinthians” in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (2nd ed.), eds. Scot McKnight et al. (IVP Academic, 2023).
  • “Knowledge and Mind,” with Dru Johnson, in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (2nd ed.), eds. Scot McKnight et al. (IVP Academic, 2023).

 

 

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