About Me

Dr. Benjamin Lappenga

Dr. Benjamin Lappenga
Assistant Professor of Theology

Phone: (712) 722-6326
Email: Benjamin.Lappenga@dordt.edu


PhD Fuller Theological Seminary (New Testament, 2014)

MA Fuller Theological Seminary Northwest (Biblical Studies and Theology, 2009)

BA Hope College (Classical Languages, 1999)

Areas of Specialization

New Testament (especially Pauline epistles), Greek language and linguistics, early Jewish literature

Recent Publications

Paul's Language of Zelos: Monosemy and the Rhetoric of Identity and Practice. Biblical Interpretation Series 137. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

"'Speak, Hannah, and Do Not be Silent': Pseudo-Philo's Deconstruction of Violence in Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum 50-51," Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 25, no. 2 (2015): 91-110.

"'Zealots for Good Works': The Polemical Repercussions of the Word Zelotes in Titus 2:14," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75, no. 4 (2013): 704-18.

"Misdirected Emulation and Paradoxical Zeal: Paul's Redefinition of 'The Good' as Object of Zelos in Gal 4:12-20," Journal of Biblical Literature 131, no. 4 (2012): 775-96.

Courses Taught

CORE 150 Biblical Foundations

GREEK 111, 112, 211, 212

THEO 110 Biblical Studies Methods

THEO 212 Prophets

THEO 213 Wisdom and Writings

THEO 214 Historical Books

THEO 215 Gospels

THEO 216 Epistles

Current Research Interests

In addition to writing journal articles and conference papers on Paul's letters and related literature, I am currently working on two book projects. One, which is being co-authored by David Downs, addresses the "pistis christou" debate; the other addresses the language of violence in the Pauline epistles.