Ben Blackwell, PhD

Ben Blackwell


Office Address: ATWD I 227
Phone: (281) 649-3419
Director, Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Assistant Professor of Christianity


  • PhD, New Testament and Historical Theology, Durham University (England)
  • ThM, Historical Theology and Pastoral Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • MBA, Henderson State University
  • BA, Biblical Languages, Ouachita Baptist University
  • BA, Accounting, Ouachita Baptist University

Courses Taught

  • New Testament Survey
  • Old Testament Survey
  • Christian Theology and Tradition
  • Paul and His Letters
  • Christian Ethics
  • Christian Scriptures IV (MATS)
  • Church Ministry (MATS)

Teaching Focus

Dr. Blackwell’s primary teaching areas are the New Testament and Theology, but he thoroughly enjoys interacting with students on a wide variety of topics. Being highly influenced by the British model of seminars, he regularly incorporates group discussion into his classes so he can help students understand the relevance of the Bible in ancient and modern contexts.


  • Christosis: Pauline Soteriology in Light of Deification in Irenaeus and Cyril of Alexandria (WUNT II; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011).
  • ‘Paul and Irenaeus’ in Paul and the Second Century: The Legacy of Paul’s Life, Letters, and Teaching, ed. Michael F. Bird and Joseph R. Dodson (London: T&T Clark, 2011), 190-206.
  • ‘Immortal Glory and the Problem of Death in Romans 3:23’, Journal for the Study of New Testament 32.3 (2010): 285-308.
  • ‘A View from the Pew: A Pilot Research Project on the Reception of Preaching in Contemporary Churches’, with Kate Bruce and Peter Phillips (Durham: CODEC, 2010).
  • Contributions to The Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011).
Along with fellow alumni from Durham, he contributes to a blog: Dunelm Road

Additional Information

Dr. Blackwell’s primary research interests are in the areas of Pauline soteriology and the reception history of the New Testament, particularly in the Greek patristic tradition. Other topics of interest are Trinitarian theology and the contemporary interest in the Eastern Orthodox theology of theosis.  He has presented his research in a number of national and international conferences.

While living in Durham, England, Dr. Blackwell served as the research assistant with N.T. Wright, and for John Barclay. Also, he taught for the Westminster Theological Centre, the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership, and Durham University.  At Durham University, Dr. Blackwell was a Doctoral Fellow and was later a Junior Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College.

In Dallas Dr. Blackwell worked for Towers Watson for 7 years as an actuarial consultant, providing services for several Fortune 500 companies related to their defined benefit pension plans and retiree medical plans. He is currently an inactive CPA, licensed in Arkansas.

With a strong desire to invest in the church, Dr. Blackwell has served as a lay leader in a variety of ministry areas such as social justice missions, teaching, and preaching. He served for several years as the local missions coordinator at Fellowship Church (Grapevine/Dallas). He later served as a local preacher in the Durham Methodist Circuit as well as the senior steward with Carrville Methodist Church in Durham.

He enjoys watching football, as well as the Tour de France and other good British sports like cricket and rugby.