Ben Castaneda

PhD Candidate – New Testament

San Antonio, Texas, USA

MDiv – Westminster Seminary California
BS – Business Administration – Thomas Edison State University

Research Topic
“What We Have Seen and Heard, We Proclaim to You”: An Analysis of Jesus Traditions in the Catholic Epistle Collection
Supervised by Dr T.J. Lang

Scholarship has long recognized an abundance of allusions to the teaching and acts of Jesus throughout the Catholic Epistles. However, little work has been done to identify the function of these allusions within the structure and logic of the letters. This study investigates the reception and strategic use of Jesus traditions across the Catholic Epistle collection for insights into how Jesus was perceived by several of the earliest Christian communities.

Other Information
Besides the Catholic Epistles, Ben is interested more broadly in Christian origins, New Testament canon formation, the reception history of the New Testament in early Christian literature, and issues of orality and textuality. He lives in St Andrews with his wife and five children. Outside of academia, Ben enjoys good sci-fi novels, strong coffee, playing the guitar, and going on walks with his family. More about Ben may be found on his Academia page.