Benjamin I. Simpson

Dr. Simpson joined the faculty in 2006 as the registrar. In 2011, he moved to Houston to work with the Houston campus. In 2016, he and his family moved to Washington DC where he continues helping external students complete their degrees while positively influencing their ministries. His research interests include Jesus, the Gospels, and hermeneutics. He is married to Amber and they have two children: Madison and Eli.

Theology
Nov 15, 2019
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Minding the Gap: Orality, Memory, and the Gospels How can a believer communicate effectively and retain the attention of a person who does not regard the Bible as inspired? If they are aware of what the culture alleges about how...
Review
Jul 21, 2018
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The Followers of Jesus as the ‘Servant’: Luke’s Model from Isaiah for the Disciples in Luke-Acts. Holly Beers presents a reading of Luke-Acts through the Isaianic Servant Songs. Many before Beers have traced Luke’s use of the Old Testament and specifically Isaiah (for...
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Sep 20, 2017
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Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew Most scholars agree that Matthew’s Gospel presents the picture of Jesus that is most conducive to a Jewish audience, but the exact relationship between Israel and Gentiles and...
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Sep 19, 2017
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A Marginal Jew: Probing the Authenticity of the Parables John Meier continues his quest for the historical Jesus in the fifth installment of A Marginal Jew by looking at Jesus’s parables. His work relies solely on the criteria of...
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Sep 19, 2017
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The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts: A Social, Literary, and Theological Introduction The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts presents the social makeup of Luke’s audience and the literary tools that he uses to tell his story. It also shows the theological...
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Sep 1, 2016
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Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke’s Gospel Of the Gospel writers, Luke gives the most attention to women in the story of Jesus. Luke tells the birth narrative from Mary’s point of view. He often delivers stories in...
Review
Sep 1, 2016
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Aposynagogos and the Historical Jesus in John: Rethinking the Historicity of the Johannine Expulsion Fear of expulsion from the synagogue (aposynagōgos) creates part of the tension throughout the Fourth Gospel. On three occasions John refers to the Jewish threat to expel those...
Review
Aug 10, 2016
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The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus In The Gospel of the Lord, Bird investigates early Christian history that led to the composition and retention of the fourfold Gospel. The book raises four different research...
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Jun 1, 2016
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The Life and Witness of Peter No figure in the New Testament is more interesting and yet understudied than the apostle Peter. Despite his rash decisions, he follows Jesus from the beginning, acts as the ad hoc...
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Jun 1, 2016
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Earliest Christian History: History, Literature, and Theology. Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel Few scholars have impacted a field of study the way Martin Hengel has impacted New Testament studies. Even after his death in 2009, his significance is still being felt as his work...
Review
Mar 1, 2016
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The Theological Role of Paradox in the Gospel of Mark A paradox—two valid statements that appear contradictory or inconsistent makes a story unpredictable and gives it depth. Jesus commanded one person to sell his things and...
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Jul 1, 2015
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Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction In Evangelical Theology, Michael Bird seeks to represent the theological voice of evangelicalism—“a global phenomenon that seeks to achieve renewal in Christian...
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Jul 1, 2015
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Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict Chris Keith, who has written extensively on the issue of literacy and the historical Jesus, explores the contours of the conflict between Jesus and the first-century Jewish...
Review
Jul 1, 2015
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Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity Jesus posed the most important question for any potential follower to answer: Who do you say that I am? Everyone from his disciples (Mark 8:29) to Herod (6:14–16) and even...
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Jul 1, 2015
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Love in the Gospel of John The theme of love lies at the heart of the Fourth Gospel, pervading every aspect of the book. The Synoptic Gospels focus on the theme as well, but in John’s Gospel Jesus...
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Jul 1, 2015
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Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations Introduction to Messianic Judaism represents a milemarker for Messianic Jewish scholarship. Messianic Judaism gained momentum in the 1970s as a significant number of Jewish...
Review
Apr 1, 2015
Benjamin I. SimpsonBenjamin I. Simpson
Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict Chris Keith, who has written extensively on the issue of literacy and the historical Jesus, explores the contours of the conflict between Jesus and the first-century Jewish...
Review
Oct 1, 2014
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Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and Practice Klink and Lockett provide a helpful taxonomy for biblical theology. They place five theological approaches on a spectrum with history and theology at opposite ends. First,...
Review
Oct 1, 2014
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Run to Win the Prize: Perseverance in the New Testament Tom Schreiner wrote Run to Win the Prize as a follow up to an earlier book, The Race Set before Us, to clarify his position on perseverance in light of reviews of the previous...
Review
Oct 1, 2014
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Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas’s Familiarity with the Synoptics The relationship between Thomas and the canonical Gospels is at the heart of many debates over Christian origins. Critics who argue that Thomas is early and independent maintain...
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Jul 1, 2014
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Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity Keith and Le Donne assemble a team of scholars to assess the use of the criteria of authenticity, specifically for historical Jesus research. They divide the book into three parts....
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Apr 1, 2014
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The Historiographical Jesus: Memory, Typology, and the Son of David Since Dunn’s book Jesus Remembered, Jesus historians have increased their interest in memory theory and eyewitness testimony. Anthony Le Donne bases his historiography...
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Jan 1, 2014
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The Ransom Logion in Mark and Matthew Edwards investigates how the early church interpreted the ransom logion (Jesus’ saying in Mark 10:45 and Matthew 20:28). Besides laying out the interpretative history of the...
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Jan 1, 2014
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Jesus Tradition in the Apostolic Fathers: Their Explicit Appeals to the Words of Jesus in Light of Orality Studies Young’s study shows that the differences between Jesus sayings found in the Apostolic Fathers and the canonical Gospels highlight the critical role of orality in the life of...