Wally V Cirafesi, PhD (cand.)

Wally V Cirafesi, PhD (cand.)

Teacher in the "Jewish Studies for Christians" Program

A Few Words About Me

“God is Light. In him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

Wally teaches courses in the “Jewish New Testament” program at the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies. He is married to Jessica Lynn and has a wonderfully rambunctious baby boy named Levi Curtis.


Wally holds a BA in Biblical Languages from Moody Bible Institute, an MA in New Testament from McMaster Divinity College, and is currently a PhD candidate in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity at the University of Oslo. His research interests are very broad and lie generally in the area of the literary, theological, and social-historical worlds of ancient Judaism and early Christianity. His current research project, however, revolves around the institutional contexts of the Jewish priesthood in the Second Temple period and the origins of priestly Christology in first and second century Christianity.

Professional Experience

Wally is currently a research fellow in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo, where he also teaches courses in New Testament and Contextual Theology. He has served as peer-reviewer for several academic journals and has been a Teaching Assistant at McMaster University for courses related to the Jewish world of the New Testament and the Bible and Film.