Director

Open lecture 1 croppedDr. Benjamin Giffone has served as the director of the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing since its inception in 2017.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Giffone received his undergraduate and seminary degrees from Cairn University, and his MTh and PhD in Old Testament from Stellenbosch University. Dr. Giffone has served in the Theology Department at LCC since 2014, and continues to teach courses in Old Testament.

Dr. Giffone brings to the directorship of the CFHF over ten years of experience in the business world (pharmaceutical research). In addition to his academic research on the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles in the Hebrew Bible, his interests include the contributions of private industry and philanthropy to human well-being and flourishing. He particularly enjoys reading history and economics, and applying the tools of social science to the study of the Bible. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister (ECO).

Representative Publications:

  • “According to Which ‘Law of Moses’? Cult Centralization in Samuel, Kings and Chronicles.” Vetus Testamentum 67 (2017): 432-447.
  • Sit at My Right Hand: The Chronicler’s Portrait of the Tribe of Benjamin in the Social Context of Yehud. LHBOTS 628. New York/London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.
  • “‘Special Forces’: A Stereotype of Benjaminite Soldiers in the Deuteronomistic History and Chronicles.” Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 30.1 (2016): 16-29.

Current Research:

  • Monograph: Persian-Era Portrayals of Israelite Cultic Activity in the Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic History, and Chronicles: A Political-Economy Approach (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), est. 2020.
  • Research article: “Hopes for Hezekiah and the Reader’s Disappointment in Isaiah 28–39.”
  • Book chapter, coauthoring with Jon P. Radwan: “Meaningful Work and Human Flourishing: Communication Lessons from the Judeo-Christian Tradition.”
  • Research article: “Regathering Too Many Stones? Scribal Constraints, Community Memory, and the ‘Problem’ of Elijah’s Sacrifice for Deuteronomism in Kings.”
  • Research article: “Eat, Pray, Love: ‘The Nexus of Sacrifice-Eating and Ritual Sexuality’ as Unifying Motif in 1 Corinthians 8–11.”