Benjamin the Scribe takes its inspiration from Nehemiah 8:8. When the Israelites returned to Jerusalem from Babylon after 70 years, Aramaic had largely become their native language, and they could no longer understand their Hebrew scriptures. Scribes arose to bridge this gap in scriptural understanding.
They read aloud from the scroll, from the Torah of God, translating and explaining the meaning, so [the people] understood what was read.
As an undergrad, Ben set aside his medical aspirations after falling in love with the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. He spent a semester in Jerusalem, and graduated BYU in Near Eastern Studies before pursuing graduate work in Semitics at the University of Chicago (Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Assyrian, Babylonian, Ugaritic, and others). He is currently writing a book on the challenge of scripture, creation, and Genesis 1.
After a MA and several frustrating years in pursuit of a PhD, he began to work part-time, take pre-medical courses, and more actively support his wife’s pursuit of a PhD. In 2016, he formally returned to academia as a PhD student at Claremont, continuing his work on Genesis but in a modern American context, e.g. Genesis, creationism, and evolution. Click here if you’d like to learn more about my studies and help pay my tuition.
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