Rodrigo Galiza, PhD candidate
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Rodrigo Galiza, PhD candidate
"Such informative modules, where thought provoking connections are made between not only literature but all elements, ie. Geography, History, Hebrew text as it iwas/is written etc. contributing to the complete "picture" , challenging "traditional teachings" . Absolutely enjoying my lectures to the full. One recommendation - I think it is important to have done Hebreq A and B before doing Discovering the Hebrew Bible: Torah. I still find the course most informative and thought provoking, although I personally would have preferred to have done my Hebrew before doing this module"
"Good experiences."
"Taking these classes had helped me improve my understanding of the scriptures. I think that learning the original languages of the bible and the context in which it was written is a must for everyone who reads from the scriptures."

Rodrigo Galiza, PhD candidate

Professor and Academic Coordinator of Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament (JBNT) and Exploring the Biblical Land of Israel (EBLI), and Forum Administrator for Portuguese speakers of both courses.

A Few Words About Me

Rodrigo Galiza teaches the courses “Jewish Background of the New Testament” and “Exploring the Biblical Land of Israel” for Portuguese speaking students. He is also the administrator of the weekly online (live) Q&A for both courses and the administrator of the forum for Portuguese students of the course “Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament”. He has translated the following courses to Portuguese: Biblical Hebrew, Exploring the Land of the Bible, and Discovering the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Backgrounds. Rodrigo loves teaching things related to the bible and history of religion. His special interest is in the relationship between Jewish and Christian beliefs and the development of their religious ideas. He is currently working on his doctoral research about agents of contamination of the Sanctuary in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Church Fathers.


He holds a MDiv from the Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University (Michigan, USA) and a BA in Journalism and Theology from Centro Universitário Adventista de São Paulo (UNASP). He is currently a PhD student of Church History at Andrews University and has spent 1 year studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of his doctoral program.

Professional Experience

Rodrigo has taught Bible informally in a church setting since 1995 and has been involved in theological education in Brazil, Cuba, Israel, and United States. He also taught English as a second language for kids and young adults (9-18 years) in Brazil for 1 semester. Since 2014, he teaches courses at the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies.