Benjamin J. Noonan

Ben Noonan, Professor of Old Testament
Dr. Benjamin Noonan
Professor of Old Testament
Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Noonan joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses for CIU and is the faculty advisor for Grad Life Council (which creates fellowship opportunities for CIU’s graduate and seminary students) and CIU’s local chapter of Eta Beta Rho (a national scholastic honor society for students of Hebrew). 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.


  • PhD, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
  • MPhil, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
  • MA, Wheaton College
  • BS, Wheaton College

Selected Publications


  • Hebrew Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, forthcoming)
  • Advances in the Study of Biblical Hebrew & Aramaic: New Insights for Reading the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020)
  • Non-Semitic Loanwords in the Hebrew Bible: A Lexicon of Language Contact, Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic 14 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2019)
  • “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)

Contributions to Edited Volumes

  • "Hebrew Linguistic Schools," in The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Linguistics, ed. Stanley E. Porter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • “An Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: The Style and Symbolism of Joseph’s Garment in Genesis 37,” in The Body: Adorned, Cultured, and Embodied, eds. Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Christine E. Palmer, and Angela Roskop Erisman (Cincinnati, OH: Hebrew Union College Press, forthcoming)
  • “The Patriarchs’ Altar-Building as Anticipation of the Israelite Conquest,” For Us, But Not to Us: Essays on Creation, Covenant, and Context in Honor of John H. Walton, eds. Adam E. Miglio, Caryn A. Reeder, Joshua T. Walton, and Kenneth C. Way (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2020), 254–275
  • “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
  • “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

Journal Articles

  • "On the Efficacy of the Atoning Sacrifices: A Levitical Biblical Theology of Sacrifice," Bulletin for Biblical Research 31 (2021): 285–318
  • "Communicative Methods for Teaching Biblical Hebrew" (co-authored with Paul B. Overland, Steve Cook, Jennifer E. Noonan, and Robert C. Stallman), The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching 2.2 (2021): 109–130
  • “High-Handed Sin and the Promised Land: The Rhetorical Relationship between Law and Narrative in Numbers 15,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 45.1 (2020): 79–92
  • "Can Loanwords Be Used to Date Biblical Texts, and If So, How?" Journal for Semitics 29.2 (2020): 1–19
  • “Daniel’s Greek Loanwords in Dialectal Perspective,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 28 (2018): 575–603
  • “A (New) Old Iranian Etymology for Biblical Aramaic אֲדַרְגָּזַר,” Aramaic Studies 16 (2018): 10–19
  • “Unraveling Hebrew שַׁעַטְנֵז,” Journal of Biblical Literature 135 (2016): 95–101
  • “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 תַּחַש,” Biblica 93 (2012): 580–589
  • “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


Awards and Honors

  • ATS Innovation Grant, Association of Theological Schools, 2017
  • HUC-JIR Graduate Tuition Scholarship, Hebrew Union College, 2005–2009
  • Richard J. Scheuer Israel Archaeology Scholarship, Hebrew Union College, 2006
  • Magna cum laude Graduation Honors, Wheaton College, 2004
  • Randall D. Isaac Physics Merit Scholarship, Wheaton College, 2003–2004
  • Dean’s List Honors, Wheaton College, 2000–2005