Benjamin Noonan

Photo of Benjamin Noonan, CIU professor
Professor of Old Testament & Hebrew

B.S., M.A., Wheaton College; M.Phil., Ph.D.. Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Noonan joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, where he serves on the Pentateuch Program Unit Steering Committee, as well as the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He has taught at Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


  • Advances in the Study of Biblical Hebrew & Aramaic: New Insights for Reading the Hebrew Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019)
  • Foreign Words in the Hebrew Bible: Linguistic Evidence for Foreign Contact in Ancient Israel (Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2018)
  • “Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?” A Grammatical Tribute to Professor Stephen A. Kaufman, co-edited with Hélène M. Dallaire and Jennifer E. Noonan (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2017)

Articles, Book Chapters and Contributions to Edited Volumes:

  • “A (New) Old Iranian Etymology for Biblical Aramaic אֲדַרְגָּזַר,” Aramaic Studies 16 (2018): 10-19
  • "Nouns, Adjectives, and Adverbs” and “The Infinitives Absolute and Construct” (co-authored with Ting Wang) in “Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?” A Grammatical Tribute to Professor Stephen A. Kaufman, eds. Hélène Dallaire, Benjamin J. Noonan, and Jennifer E. Noonan (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2017), 1-19, 259-273
  • “Jethro, Moses, and Humility: Leadership in the Pentateuch” (co-authored with Jennifer Noonan) in Biblical Leadership: Theology for the Everyday Leader, eds. Benjamin K. Forrest and Chet Roden (Biblical Theology for the Church; Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2017), 75-81
  • “Unraveling Hebrew שַׁעַטְנֵז,” Journal of Biblical Literature 135 (2016): 95-101
  • “Egyptian Loanwords as Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus and Wilderness Traditions,” in “Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?” Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives, eds. James K. Hoffmeier, Alan R. Millard, and Gary A. Rendsburg (Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement 13; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2016), 49-67
  • “Worthy to Be Praised: Psalm 33:1-5” in Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 54 Reflections to Inspire & Instruct, eds. Milton Eng and Lee M. Fields (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015), 122-124
  • “Zion’s Foundation: The Meaning of בֹּחַן in Isaiah 28,16,” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 125 (2013): 314-319
  • “There and Back Again: ‘Tin’ or ‘Lead’ in Amos 7:7-9?” Vetus Testamentum 63 (2013): 299-307
  • “Hide or Hue? Defining Hebrew תַּחַשׁ” Biblica 93 (2012): 580-589
  • “Omri, King of Israel,” “Trade and Commerce,” “Ugarit,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, ed. John D. Barry (Bellingham, Wash.: Logos Research Systems, 2012)
  • “Did Nehemiah Own Tyrian Goods? Trade between Judea and Phoenicia during the Achaemenid Period,” Journal of Biblical Literature 130 (2011): 281-298
  • “Abraham, Blessing, and the Nations: A Reexamination of the Niphal and Hitpael of ברך in the Patriarchal Narratives,” Hebrew Studies 51 (2010): 73-93
  • October 6 Devotional in Stones of Remembrance 2: Wheaton’s Living Stones, ed. Emily Louise Zimbrick (Wheaton, Ill.: Wheaton College, 2006), 306

Book Reviews:

  • Review of The Land before the Kingdom of Israel: A History of the Southern Levant and the People Who Populated It, by Brendon C. Benz, Bulletin for Biblical Research 27 (2017): 542-544
  • Review of The Old Testament: A Historical, Theological, and Critical Introduction, by Richard S. Hess, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 60 (2017): 597-599
  • Review of The Formation of the “Book” of Psalms: Reconsidering the Transmission and Canonization of Psalmody in Light of Material Culture and the Poetics of Anthologies, by David Willgren, Bulletin for Biblical Research 27 (2017): 253-255
  • Review of The World around the Old Testament: The People and Places of the Ancient Near East, eds. Bill T. Arnold and Brent A. Strawn, Themelios 42 (2017): 356-357
  • Review of Strategies of Clause Linking in Semitic Languages: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Clause Linking in Semitic Languages, Kivik, Sweden, 5-7 August 2012, eds. Bo Isaksson and Maria Persson, Review of Biblical Literature (August 3, 2017),
  • Review of Was Noah Good? Finding Favour in the Flood Narrative, by Carol M. Kaminski, Bulletin for Biblical Research 26 (2016): 394-395
  • Review of The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, by Michael S. Heiser, Themelios 41 (2016): 305-307
  • Review of The Priestly Blessing in Inscription & Scripture: The Early History of Numbers 6:24-26, by Jeremy D. Smoak, Bulletin for Biblical Research 26 (2016): 249-251
  • Review of Semitic Linguistics in Historical Perspective, by Edward Lipiński, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 59 (2016): 150-153
  • Review of The Blessing and the Curse: Trajectories in the Theology of the Old Testament, by Jeff S. Anderson, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58 (2015): 808-810
  • Review of Hidden Riches: A Sourcebook for the Comparative Study of the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East, by Christopher B. Hays, Bulletin of Biblical Research 25 (2015): 241-242
  • Review of Daniel: A Commentary, by Carol A. Newsom and Brennan W. Breed, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58 (2015): 384-386
  • Review of The T&T Clark Hebrew Primer, by A.A. Macintosh and C.L. Engle, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58 (2015): 156-158
  • Review of A Concise Lexicon of Late Biblical Hebrew: Linguistic Innovations in the Writings of the Second Temple Period, by Avi Hurvitz, Leeor Gottlieb, Aaron D. Hornkohl, and Emmanuel Mastéy, Bulletin for Biblical Research 25 (2015): 81-83
  • Review of The Aramaeans in Ancient Syria, ed. Herbert Niehr, Bulletin for Biblical Research 25 (2015): 83-85
  • Review of Marvin A. Sweeney, Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible,Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57 (2014): 405-407
  • Review of Bob Becking and Lester L. Grabbe, eds., Between Evidence and Ideology: Essays on the History of Ancient Israel at the Joint Meeting for the Society for Old Testament Study and the Out Testamentisch Werkgezelschap, Lincoln, July 2009Bulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 410-412
  • Review of Robin A. Parry, LamentationsBulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 271-273
  • Review of Cor Notebaart, Metallurgical Metaphors in the Hebrew BibleBulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 259-260
  • Review of Jordan M. Scheetz, The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel,Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55 (2012): 170-172
  • Review of Koowon Kim, Incubation as a Type-Scene in the ˀAqhatu, Kirta, and Hannah Stories: A Form-Critical and Narratological Study of KTU 1.14 I-1.15 III, 1.17 I-II, and 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11,Bulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 126-127
  • Review of Ronald S. Hendel, ed., Reading Genesis: Ten MethodsBulletin for Biblical Research21 (2011): 530-532
  • Review of Francis I. Andersen and Richard S. Hess, Names in the Study of Biblical History: David, YHWH Names, and the Role of Personal NamesAshland Theological Journal 43 (2011): 148-149
  • Review of David Toshio Tsumura, Creation and Destruction: A Reappraisal of the ChaoskampfTheory in the Old TestamentAshland Theological Journal 43 (2011): 149-151
  • Review of Benjamin D. Sommer, The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient IsraelBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 391-393
  • Review of John H. Sailhamer, The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition, and InterpretationBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 102-103
  • Review of R.W.L. Moberly, The Theology of the Book of GenesisBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 105-107
  • Review of Victor H. Matthews, Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods,Ashland Theological Journal 42 (2010): 156-158
  • Review of Philip R. Davies, Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History—Ancient and ModernJournal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52 (2009): 839-840
  • Review of Marc Van De Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC, 2d ed.,Ashland Theological Journal 40 (2008): 75-76

Papers Presented:

  • “High-Handed Sin and the Promised Land: The Rhetorical Relationship between Law and Narrative in Numbers 15,” Institute for Biblical Research annual meeting, Denver, CO, November 16, 2018
  • “Solo Sacrificio or Sola Fide? On the Efficacy of the Levitical Sacrifices,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Providence, RI, November 17, 2017
  • “The Patriarchs’ Building of Altars as a Claim to Land?” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 18, 2015
  • “The Presence and Significance of Foreign Loanwords in the Book of Daniel,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Baltimore, Md., November 20, 2013
  • “The Exodus and Sinai Narratives: Foreign Loanwords and Historicity,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Milwaukee, Wisc., November 14, 2012
  • “Non-Semitic Loanwords and Foreign Contact in the Ancient Levant,” Cincinnati Consortium of Ancient Studies spring annual meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 9, 2012
  • “Identifying the Gemstones of the High Priest’s Breastplate,” Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, San Francisco, Calif., November 20, 2011
  • “Did Nehemiah Own Tyrian Goods? A Historical Investigation of Trade between Judea and Phoenicia during the Persian Period,” Evangelical Theological Society Midwest regional meeting, Chicago, Ill., March 28, 2008
  • “Abraham, Blessing, and the Nations: A Proposed Paradigm,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, San Diego, Calif., November 15, 2007