Benjamin G. White
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Ben teaches courses in Biblical Studies and Theology, with a focus on the New Testament. He began his role at King’s after several years in Durham, England, where he wrote his Ph.D. thesis under the direction of John M.G. Barclay, one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars. Ben’s doctoral thesis, and much of his current research activity, concerns the ‘strength-in-weakness’ paradox in 2 Corinthians and its transformative significance for the Christian community in ancient Corinth.
Originally from Canada, Ben has presented his academic work at major conferences around the world, including the UK, Germany, and the USA. His doctoral thesis is forthcoming in Mohr Siebeck’s WUNT II dissertation series, and he is the co-editor, with John Barclay, of a collection of essays entitled The New Testament in Comparison: Validity, Method, and Purpose in Comparing Traditions (T&T Clark, 2020). Ben’s academic work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in a variety of journals including Journal for the Study of the New Testament and the Canadian Theological Review. He recently served as a guest co-editor for the Journal of Theological Interpretation and, during term time, he often attends the Columbia New Testament Seminar.
Ben is the proud creator of the ‘Christianity and the City’ course at King’s, which uses Paul’s engagement with cosmopolitan Corinth as a model for contextualizing the gospel in the NYC context. Ben was named a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary for Summer 2020. This supports his research for a new book for non-professional audiences that considers how early Christianity grew in the Roman world and why the dynamics of that story might be essential for re-gaining a compelling Christian witness today.
Prior to his doctoral studies, Ben worked in full-time pastoral ministry. He is presently a Fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians in Chicago and a former Pastoral Tutor at St. John’s College, Durham. He writes regularly for lay people, and his work on various topics has appeared in Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, and Faith Today. He also teaches part-time at the NYC campus of Reformed Theological Seminary, which partners with Redeemer City to City to offer theological training for local pastors.
Outside of the classroom and the study, Ben is an avid basketball fan, enjoys being outdoors, and loves anything related to the English Lake District. He is married to Brittany, and he spends a good deal of his time playing with their son, Gideon.
Time at King's: August 2018 to present
Ph.D. New Testament
M.A. New Testament
B.E.S. Urban Planning (w/ Religious Studies Minor)
University of Waterloo