Stephen Bennett, PhD

Professor of Old Testament Mission
Sociocultural Interpretation Specialist
International Experiences: Australia, Brazil, England, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, USA




  • Doctor of Philosophy, Old Testament, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, UK
  • Master of Divinity, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
  • Master of Arts, Missions, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting, Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand

Doctoral Dissertation

  • The Abrahamic Covenant and the Idea of Missionary


Academic Experiences

  • Professor of Old Testament, Nyack College, Nyack, NY
  • Adjunct, Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Adjunct Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
  • Adjunct, Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS
  • Assistant Prof of Old Testament, Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, Manila, PH
  • Visiting Assistant Prof of Old Testament, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK
  • Visiting Assistant Prof of Bible, Nazarene Theological College, Thornlands, Queensland, AU
  • Assistant Prof of Bible, Visayan Nazarene Bible College, Cebu, PH
  • Assistant Prof of Bible, Philippine Nazarene Bible College, La Trinidad, Benguet, PH

Teaching Specializations

  • Old Testament Studies
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Missiology

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Pastor, Fitchburg Church of the Nazarene, Fitchburg, MA
  • Pastor, Whangarei Church of the Nazarene, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Co-Pastor, St. Helens Church of the Nazarene, Warrington, England, UK
  • Co-Pastor, Warwick Valley Church of the Nazarene, Warwick, NY
  • Co-Director, Children's Program, Fishkill Church of the Nazarene, Fishkill, New  York



Authored Books

  • Ecclesiastes / Lamentations. New Beacon Bible Commentary. Kansas City, Mo.: 2010.

Peer-reviewed Journal & Dictionary Articles

  • “Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology, tōm, edited by Robert Branson. (forthcoming)
  • Lexham Bible Dictionary, “Wisdom Literature,” “Exodus, Critical Issues,” "Sheep," and "Flint Tools." Published online at and, 2013.
  • Lexham Bible Dictionary, “Isaiah, Book of, Additional Critical  Issues.” Published online at and, 2012.
  • “'A Wisdom that is Woe': Allusions to Ecclesiastes in Moby-Dick,”Literature and Theology 27/1 (March, 2013) 48-64.
  • “Love over Gold: The Song of Songs for New Zealand,” International Review of Mission (January, 2002).
  • “Tlawm-ngaih-na: Holiness in the Mizo Context of Myanmar,” The Mediator 3/2 (April, 2002) 79-80 (co-authors: Din Thara and  Jubilee Thanga).
  • “Domesticating the Prophetic Voice in Asia and the Pacific,” The  Mediator 2/2 (2001).

Chapters in Books

  • “Among the Ruins of a Walled City: Reflections on War and Peace in Ecclesiastes 12:1-7,” chapter in Hilary Marlow and Jim Aitken (eds.), The City in the Hebrew Bible: Conceptual, Literary and Exegetical Studies of Biblical Urbanism, Library of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, forthcoming in 2018.
  • “Preaching the Preacher: The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes,” chapter 19  in The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture edited by Thomas Jay Oord and Richard Thompson, Outskirts Press, 2011.

Book Reviews

  • Paul M. Joyce and Diana Lipton, Lamentations through the Centuries. Wiley-Blackwell Bible Commentaries. Malden, Mass. and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), review published in Studies in Religion (forthcoming).
  • James T. Robinson, Asceticism, Eschatology,  Opposition to Philosophy: The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Salmon ben Yeroham on Qohelet  (Ecclesiastes).Études sur le Judaïsme Médiéval, Tome XLV. Karaite Texts and Studies, Volume 5. Leiden and Boston: Brill,  2012), review published in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (57/1, March, 2014 ).
  • Victor P. Hamilton, Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2011),  review published in Journal of Semitic Studies 58/2 (2014).
  • Edward M. Curtis, Ecclesiastes and Song of  Songs. Teach the Text. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2013. Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 3.2 (2014).
  • R. Alan Cole, Exodus: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament  Commentaries. Leicester,  England and Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity, 1973), review published in Koers: Bulletin for Christian Scholarship. (2014).
  • Aaron Koller, The Semantic Field of Cutting Tools in Biblical Hebrew: The Interface of Philological, Semantic,  and Archaeological Evidence (The Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series 49. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic Biblical  Association of America, 2012), review published in Review of Biblical  Literature (2014). Online at
  • Stuart Weeks, Ecclesiastes and Scepticism, review published in Vetus Testamentum 63/3 (2013) 510-512.  Online at  -12340011
  • Jennie Barbour, The Story of Israel in the Book  of Qohelet: Ecclesiastes as Cultural Memory, Oxford Theological Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, review  published in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (2013).
  • Mark R. Sneed, The Politics of Pessimism in Ecclesiastes: A Social-Science Perspective, Ancient Israel and its  Literature. Atlanta, Ga.: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012, review published in Journal of Hebrew Studies (2013). Online at
  • Book Review of Mark J. Boda, Tremper Longman, and Christian  G. Rata (eds.), The Words of the Wise Are like Goads: Engaging Qohelet in the 21 st Century (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns,  2013), review published in Catholic Biblical Quarterly (2013).
  • John Goldingay, Old Testament Theology  Volume 1: Israel’s Gospel (Downers Grove, Il: InterVarsity, 2003), review published in Toronto Journal of Theology, 28/2  (Fall, 2012). Online at p=b6b35f230ad4442f87fc0a0ad192a905&pi=10
  • Preben Vang and Terry Carter, Telling God's  Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End (B & H Academic, 2006), review published in Themelios 36/2 (July, 2011)  275-6. Online at he_biblical_narrative_from_beginning_to_end
  • Album review of “A Very Loud Quiet Time: SONICFLOOd,” The  Mediator 3:1 (2001).


Conference Papers

  • “Images of War and Peace in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,” Wesleyan Theological Society annual meeting, Boise, Idaho, March 8, 2014.
  • “Ecclesiastes in Recent Research: Sneed, Barbour, Weeks,  Robinson,” Evangelical Theological Society Northeast regional meeting, Schenectady, N.Y. March 29, 2014.
  • “'Disaster upon the Land': A Neglected Theme in Ecclesiastes,” Auckland University Seminar, June, 2014.
  • “War and Disaster in Ecclesiastes,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, November, 2014.
  • "Unsustainable: Sin and the Environment in Genesis 6-9" (with Daniel Ware), Nyack Scholars Symposium, Nyack, N.Y.  November 6, 2014.
  • “Among the Ruins of a Walled City: Reflections on War and  Peace in Ecclesiastes 12:1-7,” paper read for Society of Biblical Literature Regional Meeting, Bourbonnais, Ill., February 9, 2013.
  • “Justice Like Waters: Justice and Oppression in the Book of Amos,” Nyack Scholars Symposium, February 14, 2013. Nyack College, New  York.
  • “Order and Chaos: Theological Elements in Genesis 1—3,” Evangelical  Theological Society Regional Meeting, Nyack, N.Y., April 6, 2013.
  • “Re-Creating after the Flood: The New Creation in Genesis 8—  9,” New Creation: Scripture, Theology, Praxis. An Interdisciplinary Conference. Rochester, Oct 19, 2013.
  • “Conceptions of Space: The Functions of Nehemiah's Wall” (with Pierce VanDunk), Nyack Scholars Symposium, Nyack, N.Y.  November 7, 2013.
  • “Grammatical Shifts for Rhetorical Purposes in the Hebrew  Bible,” paper read for Evangelical Society Regional Meeting, Hamilton, Massachusetts, April 21, 2012.
  • “Preaching the Preacher: The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes,” The Bible Tells Me So conference, Northwest Nazarene University, February  10-12, 2011. (papers published 2011)
  • “The Double Doors are Closed; Images of War in Ecclesiastes  12:1-7,” read for Society of Biblical Literature Regional Meeting, New Brunswick, N.J. March 17-18, 2011.
  • “The City under Siege: Images of War in Ecclesiastes 12:1-7,” read for The City in the Hebrew Bible conference, Cambridge  University, England, April 6-8, 2011 (papers published, see publications).
  • “Moby-Dick's Allusions to Ecclesiastes,” paper read for Society of Biblical Literature Regional Meeting, New Brunswick, N.J. March  11, 2010.
  • “What the Preacher Told Me: The Message of Ecclesiastes,” paper  read for Nyack Scholars Symposium, April 6, 2010.
  • “Joy or Despair? The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes,” paper read for  Evangelical Theological Society Regional Meeting, April 17, 2010, Schenectady, N.Y.
  •  “I Find No Pleasure in Ecclesiastes,” paper read for NyackScholars Symposium, October 6, 2010.
  • “Love Is...,” devotional for the faculty and staff of Nyack College, February 11, 2009.
  • “Ecclesiastes in the Arts (and culture),” paper read for Evangelical Theological Society Regional Meeting, March 21, 2009, Nyack,  N.Y.
  • “Mishpat: The Hebrew Concept of Justice.” Panel on Social  Justice (panelist and presenter), Nyack College, N.Y., March 30,  2009.
  • “Chasing the Wind with Ecclesiastes and Moby Dick,” paper read for the faculty of Nyack College, N.Y. Sep 24, 2009.
  • “The Biblical View of Manhood and Womanhood in Genesis,” Bailey Library Symposium, Nyack College, 2008.
  • “What's the Point? The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes” presentation to the Hudson Valley Men of God at the Salvation Army, Beacon,  N.Y., April 21, 2007.
  • “Tenth of Tishri,” devotional for the faculty and staff of Nyack  College, N.Y., 2006.
  • “Literary Connections in Amos 1-2,” paper read for the faculty of  Houghton College, N.Y. Jan, 2006.
  • “The Language of Qoheleth,” paper read for the faculty of Nyack  College, N.Y. Oct, 2006.
  • “The Truth about Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code,” seminar at  Fishkill Church of the Nazarene, N.Y., June 25, 2006 (with Christi-An C. Bennett).
  • “Introduction to Isaiah,” seminar at Westchester Chapel, N.Y. 2003
  • “Pearls before Swine,” seminar at Westchester Chapel, N.Y. 2003
  • “Building God's Kingdom,” devotional delivered at Guatemala  2002: Global Nazarene Theology Conference (in Spanish).

Academic & Professional Memberships

  • Society for Old Testament Studies
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society


  • Modern Languages
    • English, Native or Bilingual Proficiency
    • Spanish,Native or Bilingual Proficiency
    • French, Elementary Proficiency
    • Portuguese, Elementary Proficiency
    • Tagalog, Elementary Proficiency
  • Ancient Languages
    • Biblical Hebrew, Advanced Reading Proficiency