Dr Benjamin Edsall

Senior Research Fellow
Biblical and Early Christian Studies


Areas of expertise: Pauline literature; early Christian gospels; New Testament reception; early Christian interpretation; hermeneutics

ORCID ID : 0000-0001-8321-9312

Phone: (03) 9953 3855

Email: benjamin.edsall@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

Benjamin Edsall, Senior Research Fellow in the IRCI, studied music and philosophy at the University of Oregon before turning to New Testament Studies while pursuing his MCS at Regent College (Vancouver, Canada). For his doctoral work, he attended the University of Oxford, where he earned his DPhil in 2013. After completing his degree, Dr Edsall held a Departmental Lectureship in Oxford, as a member of Keble College, during which time his first book was published as Paul’s Witness to Formative Early Christian Instruction (Mohr Siebeck, 2014). In late 2014, Dr. Edsall moved to Australian Catholic University, initially as a postdoctoral research fellow. In 2017 he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung fellowship to go to Berlin and complete the manuscript for his second book, which appeared in 2019 as The Reception of Paul and Early Christian Initiation: History and Hermeneutics (Cambridge University Press, 2019). In addition to his two monographs, he is the author of numerous articles in journals such as Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Vigiliae Christianae, and Journal of Theological Studies. His research interests in Biblical and Early Christian Studies are broad, covering Pauline Literature, early Christian gospel literature, early Christian reception, the formation of Christian and Jewish scriptures, Jewish-Christian relations in antiquity, and philosophical hermeneutics.

Select publications

  • The Reception of Paul and Early Christian Initiation: History and Hermeneutics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • “Reading with a Forger: Christoph Pfaff and the Reception of Colossians 2:16.” Journal of Biblical Literature 138.4 (2019): 845–862.
  • “Chrysostom’s Use of Origen: 1 Cor 4:6, Gospel Prooftexts and a case for Direct Dependence.” Journal of Theological Studies 70.1 (2019): 239–250.
  • “This is not the End: The Present Age and the Eschaton in Mark’s Narrative.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 80.3 (2018): 429–447.
  • “Hermogenes the Smith in the Acts of Paul: A Note on the Reception of 2 Timothy.” New Testament Studies 64.1 (2018): 108–121.
  • “(Not) Baptizing Thecla: Early Interpretive Efforts on 1 Cor 1:17.” Vigiliae Christianae 71.3 (2017): 235–260.


Accolades and awards

Appointments and affiliations

  • Senior Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University (2020–present)
  • Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University (2017–2019)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoktorand, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (2017–2018)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University (2014–2017)
  • Departmental Lecturer in New Testament, University of Oxford (2013–2014)
  • Tutor for Christ Church and St. Edmond's Colleges, University of Oxford (2013)
  • Tutor for Keble, St. John's, and Christ Church Colleges, University of Oxford (2011-12)

Public engagement

  • Public Lecture: “Did Jesus Follow the Law?”  University of Oxford Open Day (May 2014)
  • Public Lecture: “Canonizing Constructive Theology: Exploring the Significance of Jesus' Debate with the Sadducees over Resurrection” Developing a Christian Mind in Oxford (March 2014)

Mailing address

C/- 115 Victoria Pde
Fitzroy, VIC, 3065.