Bethany Welcomes International Scholar

Bethany Theological Seminary welcomes Dr. Philip Asura Nggada as an International Scholar-in-Residence for the Spring Semester of 2024. 

Nggada earned a PhD from the University of Jos in Nigeria where he has also been a lecturer. He has published books and articles on a variety of scholarly topics including the Biblical foundation for human rights and social justice, the shepherd motif in the Old Testament, and the role of religion in addressing social and political concerns in Nigeria. In the fall, he served as the Snowden Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. 

While at Bethany, Dr. Nggada will pursue two writing projects: “Educational Institutions as a forum for Peacebuilding and Peacemaking in Nigeria” and “Textual Criticism: A Practical Approach to 16th Century Torah Scroll.” He will preach at a Bethany chapel service and offer a public lecture on his scholarship. He will share public remarks on the current situation in Nigeria in various venues connected to the Church of the Brethren. By engaging with Bethany students, faculty, and staff, he will learn more about Bethany’s educational programs, including the Postgraduate Diploma in Biblical Peacemaking, which is offered in Nigeria.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Nggada to the Bethany community,” says President Jeff Carter. “All of us will benefit from his wisdom and insights, and we are pleased to develop a relationship with another leading Nigerian scholar.”