Benjamin Ribbens

Assistant Professor of Theology

Education

Ph.D., Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois, 2013
Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2009
M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008
B.A., Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, 2005

Associated Academic Programs

Theology and Christian Ministry

“Theology is the very foundation upon which a liberal arts education rests and is the framework through which we understand the place of all disciplines in God’s world.”

Dr. Ben Ribbens hopes that students in his theology classes develop a new or renewed passion for reading and investigating the Bible by investigating Scripture together and acquiring skills for reading. “I also hope that through their engagement with Scripture, they have an experience with the Word, i.e., the Son, and that they are transformed more and more into his likeness. And I hope that my students see that what they believe about God and the cosmos impacts every part of their life: their hopes and dreams, their jobs and vocations, their relationships and communities, their joys and sufferings.”

What drew him to Trinity:

Ribbens loves teaching at Trinity because he gets to share his passion with students. “Every day I get to open Scripture with my students and share with them the beauty, depth, and richness of God’s self-revelation.”

Research interests:

His research interests include Hebrews; sacrifice and atonement; ascension; general epistles; Revelation; Theological Interpretation of Scripture; Biblical Theology; Pauline justification; and the Pauline epistles.

When he’s not teaching:

He enjoys outdoor activities like running, biking, and hiking. “I love to travel with my wife and to enjoy events in Chicago. I am also a Chicago Cubs fanatic.”

Courses

CHML 101: Introduction to Church and Ministry
GRE 101: Essentials of Greek I
GRE 102: Essentials of Greek II
THEO 121: The Old Testament and Its Fulfillment
THEO 122: The Church and Christian Traditions

THEO 200: Biblical Exegesis and Hermeneutics
THEO 231: Biblical Literature: The Gospels and Acts
THEO 232: Biblical Literature: The Epistles
THEO 233: Biblical Literature: The Future in Biblical Perspective

Papers Published and/or Presented

Book:

Levitical Sacrifice and Heavenly Cult in Hebrews. BZNW 222. Berlin: deGruyter, 2016.

Articles

“The Ascension and Atonement: The Significance of Post-Reformation, Reformed Responses to Socinians for Contemporary Atonement Debates in Hebrews.” Westminster Theological Journal, forthcoming.

“The Positive Functions of Levitical Sacrifice in Hebrews,” in Studies in Hebrews. WUNT 2. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming.

“Forensic-Retributive Justification in Romans 3:21–26: Paul’s Doctrine of Justification in Dialogue with Hebrews.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74 (2012): 548–67.

“A Typology of Types: Typology in Dialogue.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 5 (2011): 81–96.

Presentations

“The Ascension and Atonement: Johannes Cocceius and John Owen respond to Socinian Ideas of Christ’s Atonement.” Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, TX, November 19–22, 2016.

“The Significance of Post-Reformation, Dutch Reformed Debates for Contemporary Atonement Debates in Hebrews.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, November 17–19, 2015.

“Whose ‘Mercy?’ What ‘Sacrifice’? A Proposed Reading of Matthew’s Hosea 6:6 Quotations.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 22–25, 2014.

“The Function of the Heavenly Cult in Hebrews and its Predecessors.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 22–25, 2014.

“Does Christ Atone for Sins in Heb 2:17.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, November 19–21, 2014.

“The Positive Functions of Levitical Sacrifice in Hebrews.” Paper delivered at International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, St. Andrews, Scotland, July 10, 2013.

“Levitical Sacrifices in Hebrews: Does Hebrews Violate the Literal Sense of Leviticus?” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November 19, 2012.

“Philo’s Sacrifice Theology: Spec. Laws 1.269–72 as a Test Case.” Paper delivered at Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bourbonnais, IL, February 12, 2012.

“Conceptual Backgrounds and Sacrifice Theology in Hebrews.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Francisco, CA, November 18, 2011.

“Daniel 3:17, ‘If Our God Exists’: A Syntactical and Theological Examination.” Paper delivered at Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bourbonnais, IL, February 13, 2011.

“The Eschatological Origin of the Ἄτακτοι in Thessalonica.” Paper delivered at Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bourbonnais, IL, February 12, 2011.

“Forensic-Retributive Justification in Romans 3:21–26: Paul’s Doctrine of Justification in Dialogue with Hebrews.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, November 19, 2010.

Professional Society Memberships

Chicago Society of Biblical Research
Evangelical Theological Society
Institute of Biblical Research
Society of Biblical Literature

+ Expertise

Dr. Ben Ribbens hopes that students in his theology classes develop a new or renewed passion for reading and investigating the Bible by investigating Scripture together and acquiring skills for reading. “I also hope that through their engagement with Scripture, they have an experience with the Word, i.e., the Son, and that they are transformed more and more into his likeness. And I hope that my students see that what they believe about God and the cosmos impacts every part of their life: their hopes and dreams, their jobs and vocations, their relationships and communities, their joys and sufferings.”

What drew him to Trinity:

Ribbens loves teaching at Trinity because he gets to share his passion with students. “Every day I get to open Scripture with my students and share with them the beauty, depth, and richness of God’s self-revelation.”

Research interests:

His research interests include Hebrews; sacrifice and atonement; ascension; general epistles; Revelation; Theological Interpretation of Scripture; Biblical Theology; Pauline justification; and the Pauline epistles.

When he’s not teaching:

He enjoys outdoor activities like running, biking, and hiking. “I love to travel with my wife and to enjoy events in Chicago. I am also a Chicago Cubs fanatic.”

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Courses

CHML 101: Introduction to Church and Ministry
GRE 101: Essentials of Greek I
GRE 102: Essentials of Greek II
THEO 121: The Old Testament and Its Fulfillment
THEO 122: The Church and Christian Traditions

THEO 200: Biblical Exegesis and Hermeneutics
THEO 231: Biblical Literature: The Gospels and Acts
THEO 232: Biblical Literature: The Epistles
THEO 233: Biblical Literature: The Future in Biblical Perspective

Papers Published and/or Presented

Book:

Levitical Sacrifice and Heavenly Cult in Hebrews. BZNW 222. Berlin: deGruyter, 2016.

Articles

“The Ascension and Atonement: The Significance of Post-Reformation, Reformed Responses to Socinians for Contemporary Atonement Debates in Hebrews.” Westminster Theological Journal, forthcoming.

“The Positive Functions of Levitical Sacrifice in Hebrews,” in Studies in Hebrews. WUNT 2. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming.

“Forensic-Retributive Justification in Romans 3:21–26: Paul’s Doctrine of Justification in Dialogue with Hebrews.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74 (2012): 548–67.

“A Typology of Types: Typology in Dialogue.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 5 (2011): 81–96.

Presentations

“The Ascension and Atonement: Johannes Cocceius and John Owen respond to Socinian Ideas of Christ’s Atonement.” Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, TX, November 19–22, 2016.

“The Significance of Post-Reformation, Dutch Reformed Debates for Contemporary Atonement Debates in Hebrews.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, November 17–19, 2015.

“Whose ‘Mercy?’ What ‘Sacrifice’? A Proposed Reading of Matthew’s Hosea 6:6 Quotations.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 22–25, 2014.

“The Function of the Heavenly Cult in Hebrews and its Predecessors.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 22–25, 2014.

“Does Christ Atone for Sins in Heb 2:17.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, November 19–21, 2014.

“The Positive Functions of Levitical Sacrifice in Hebrews.” Paper delivered at International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, St. Andrews, Scotland, July 10, 2013.

“Levitical Sacrifices in Hebrews: Does Hebrews Violate the Literal Sense of Leviticus?” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November 19, 2012.

“Philo’s Sacrifice Theology: Spec. Laws 1.269–72 as a Test Case.” Paper delivered at Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bourbonnais, IL, February 12, 2012.

“Conceptual Backgrounds and Sacrifice Theology in Hebrews.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Francisco, CA, November 18, 2011.

“Daniel 3:17, ‘If Our God Exists’: A Syntactical and Theological Examination.” Paper delivered at Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bourbonnais, IL, February 13, 2011.

“The Eschatological Origin of the Ἄτακτοι in Thessalonica.” Paper delivered at Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bourbonnais, IL, February 12, 2011.

“Forensic-Retributive Justification in Romans 3:21–26: Paul’s Doctrine of Justification in Dialogue with Hebrews.” Paper delivered at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, November 19, 2010.

+ Awards & Memberships

Professional Society Memberships

Chicago Society of Biblical Research
Evangelical Theological Society
Institute of Biblical Research
Society of Biblical Literature