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Dr Walter Riggans


Research Supervisor

Learning and Development Manager, Congregational Federation

1971 - 1976 University of Edinburgh - BD (double 1st Class Joint Honours in Old Testament Language, Literature and Theology and Semitic Studies
1976 - 1977 Presbyterian School of Christian Education, University of Richmond, VA, USA - MA (Philosophy of Education and Rabbinic Theology)
1987 - 1991 University of Birmingham - PhD (Religio-Cultural Self-Identity, with a Focus on Messianic Judaism)
1993 Overseas Ministries Study Center & Yale Divinity School - Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish-Christian Relations
2001 - 2003 Nottingham Trent University - PG Diploma in Law

Dr Walter Riggans joined Cliff College Faculty in July 2015, then in 2017 when he took up the post of Learning and Development Manager with the Congregational Federation, continued in a supervisory/adjunct capacity.

He has served as a pastor and mission theologian in Israel and the Middle East, and was a tutor for Biblical Studies and Mission Studies at All Nations Christian College. He then became the General Director of the Church’s Ministry among the Jewish People. Latterly, he worked in different universities and with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

“I would love to receive proposals from those who would like to do doctoral research in the areas of biblical theology, Jewish Studies or Jewish-Christian Relations!”

Selected Publications & Presentations
  • Commentary on Numbers (Daily Study Bible series), Westminster Press, 1983
  • Introduction to the Psalms (Hebrew), Telem Publications, 1984
  • Jesus Ben Joseph: An Introduction to Jesus the Jew, Olive Press, 1993
  • Yeshua Ben David: Why do the Jewish People Reject Jesus as their Messiah? Olive Press, 1995
  • Commentary on Hebrews, Christian Focus Publications, 1998
  • Ten Drops of Wine: Jewish Spirituality for Christians, Monarch Publications, 2001

  • General Editor of World Faiths, a Hodder & Stoughton series between 1996 and 1999
  • Co-Editor with John Fieldsend of Roots and Branches: Explorations in the Jewish Context of the Christian Faith, PWM Publications, 1998

  • Articles in the New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology, IVP, 1995
  • Articles in the Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, Eerdmans, 1999
  • Articles in the Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, Baker Books, 2000
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