Riad Kassis

Riad Kassis

Director, Langham Scholars Ministry, Langham Partnership
Specialist in Old Testament studies


Master of Non-profit Management (MNM), Regis University, Denver, Colorado, USA
Doctor of Philosophy, Old Testament, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Master of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Master of Divinity, Alliance Biblical Seminary, Manila, Philippines
Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Faculty of Economics, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria

Areas of research, writing and teaching

Old Testament wisdom literature, Contextualized understanding of the Old Testament, Theological education, Leadership and organizational development


Frustrated with God: A Syrian Theologian’s Reflections on Habakkuk (English- Amazon, 2016, Arabic- Ophir, Jordan, 2016, French- Langham Literature, 2017).

Commentary on Song of Songs. Arab Bible Commentary (Cairo: Dar al-Thaqafa, forthcoming in 2018). [Arabic].

Commentary on Deuteronomy. Arab Bible Commentary (Cairo: Dar al-Thaqafa, forthcoming in 2018). [Arabic].

"Evangelicals and Theological Education." In Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015).

“International Council for Evangelical Theological Education” (co-authored with Paul Sanders in Encyclopedia of Christian Education. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, eds. London, Boulder, New York, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

“Advancing the Church in Lebanon and Beyond” Bible Study Magazine, May-June 2014, pp. 15-18. Also published in The Gospel Works Everywhere: 14 Inspiring Stories from Around the World. Bible Study Magazine Book Bundle.

L. Robson, Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011). Book Review in International Bulletin of Missionary Research 36/2, April 2012, p. 107.

Virtuous Woman…Handful of Lentils: Understanding Solomon’s Proverbs and Arabic Proverbs (Beirut: Dar Manhal al-Hayat & Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013) [Arabic].

The Art of Good Governance (co-authored with Nabil Costa). Beirut: Dar Manhal al-Hayat, 2011 [Arabic].

The Secret of Successful Governance: Practical Counsel to Boards of Trustees (co-authored with Nabil Costa). Beirut: Dar Manhal al-Hayat, 2012 [Arabic].

“Razões para a Esperança: Cristãos Árabes no Século.” M. W. Kohl & A. C. Barro, eds., A Igreja do Futuro (Londrina: Descoberta Editora, 2011), pp. 111-30.

Have you known your spiritual gifts? A practical study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Beirut: Dar Manhal al-Hayat & Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009 [Arabic].

Why we do not read the book that Christ read? Towards a better understanding of the Old Testament. Cairo: Dar al-Thaqafa, 2007; Beirut: Clarion, 2008; Cairo: Prepare The Way, 2010 [Arabic].

“Church Mission Towards God’s Creation.” al-Našra 6/121 June 2007, pp. 326-332 [Arabic].

“An Evangelical Declaration for Caring of Creation.” al-Našra 6/121 June 2007, pp. 353-358 [Arabic]. Translated from R. J. Berry, ed. The Care of Creation: Focusing Concern and Action (Leicester: IVP, 2000).

“The Grains of Peace.” Schneller: Magazine on Christian Life in the Middle East. Stuttgart: Evangelischer Verein fűr die Schneller Schulen, 4/2006, pp. 4-5.

“On Being the Fifth Gospel.” Glad Tidings: Women’s Missionary Society of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. November/December 2006, V. 82/6, pp. 14-15.

“Wir müssen auf Gewalt verzichten.” Im Gespräch, Die Furche. 32/10 August 2006.

Wiersbe, W. W., Be Ready! (Victor, 1979) [Translated from English, 2010].

“The Fifth Gospel.” Schneller: Magazine on Christian Life in Middle East. Stuttgart: Evangelischer Verein fűr die Schneller Schulen, 3/2006, pp. 4-5.

«Demokratie braucht echten Frieden: Libanesisch-evangelische Űberlegungen.» Schneller: Magazin űber christliches leben im Nahen Osten, 3/2005, pp. 6-8.

“The Septuagint.” In al-Manarat, Revue de Sciences religieuses, Des Missionnaires Libanais Maronites, Année XLIV, No 2&#, 2003, pp. 201-213 [Arabic], pp. 6-7 (French extract).

“Seeking Shalom in the Land of Shalom!” in Hope for a Despairing World: Twenty-four Meditations For Advent by International Christian Leaders, Mike Woodruff, Editor (Lake Forest, Ill. : Christian International Scholarship Foundation, 2003), pp. 58-59.

Goldene Geschichen- Golden Stories. Beirut: Clarion Publishing House, 2002.

K. B. Sitaramayya, The Marvel and Mystery of Pain: A New Interpretation of the Book of Job (Bangalore: MCC Publications, 2001). Book Review in Theological Review XXIV/1, 2003, pp. 57-58.

General editor for the translation project of W. Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press/Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994) in three volumes in Arabic (1999-2004). Published by Eagles Group, Cairo.

“The Most Beautiful Names of God in Islam and in the Book of Genesis,” in The Origins of the World and Humanity: A Contemporary Reading of the Book of Genesis. Beirut/Cairo/Tunisia: Dar al-Jeel, 2001), pp. 95-103 [Arabic].

“A Note on ‘shalal’ (Prov. XXXI 11b),” Vetus Testamentum l, 2, 2000, pp. 258-9.

“Religiőse Erziehung in einem interreligiősen Kontext am Beispiel einer christlichen Internatsschule: Eine christlich-libanesische Erfahrung,” Stuttgart: EMS-Informationsbrief 8/2000, pp. 25-32.

The Book of Proverbs and Arabic Proverbial Works. Vetus Testamentum Supplements 74. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 1999.

“Judges under accusation!” Risalat al-Kaneesat (Church Bulletin) Beirut, 1999, pp. 18-22 [Arabic].

“What does the Bible say about Homosexuality?” Risalat al-Kaneesat (Church Bulletin) Beirut, 1998, pp. 45-51 [Arabic].

The Land in the Bible: An Evangelical Theological Study of the Palestinian Question (Damascus: Alif-Bâ’ al-Adîb, 1991) [Arabic].

House Groups (Amman: The Program for Theological Education by Extension, 1991) [Translated from English].

Discovering God’s Will (Damascus: Alif-Bâ’ al-Adîb, 1991) [Translated from English].

A Guide for Spiritual Development (Amman: The Alliance Publications, 1991) [Translated from English].

God: Walking in His Power (Amman: The Alliance Publications, 1991) [Translated from English (A compilation of A. W. Tozer’s classic booklets: Five Vows to Spiritual Power and Paths to Power)].

Forwards and Blurbs

Deininger, F. and Eguizabal, O., Leadership in Theological Education: Foundations for Academic Leadership (Carlisle: ICETE-Langham Global Library, 2017). Blurb.

New, G., Live, Listen, Tell: The Art of Preaching (Carlisle: Langham Preaching Resoruces, 2017). Blurb.

Isaac, D., The Better Life: Reflections on John’s Gospel (Zahle: Technoway, 2015). Forward.

Kevin G. Smith, Academic Writing and Theological Research: A Guide for Students (Carlisle: Langham Literature, 2015). Forward.

R. Scott Rodin, ed., Christ-Centered Generosity: Global Perspectives on the Biblical Call to a Generous Life’ (Colbert, WA: Kingdom Life, 2015). Blurb.

Chris Naylor, Postcards from the Middle East (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2015). Blurb.

Rupen Das, Connecting Curriculum with Context: Handbook for Context Relevant Curriculum Development in Theological Education (Carlisle: The ICETE Library for Theological Education, Langham Literature, 2015). Forward.

Suhail Saoud, The Gospel in Today’s World [Arabic] (Cairo: Dar al-Thaqafa, 2015). Forward and blurb.

J. B. Jeyaraj, et al, eds., Repairer of Broken Walls: Essays on Holistic Child Development In honor of Dr. Dan Brewster (Bangalore: ISPCK and CFCD-India, 2014). Blurb.

Abraham Kovacs & Zoltan Schwab, eds. In Academia for the Church: Eastern and Central European Theological Perspectives (Carlisle: Langham Monographs, 2014). Forward.

Phill Butler, Well Connected: Releasing power, restoring hope through kingdom partnerships (Waynesboro/Milton Keynes: Authentic, 2005, Arabic version, 2014). Blurb.

Samuel E. Chiang & Grant Lovejoy, eds. Beyond Literate Western Practices: Continuing Conversations in Orality and Theological Education (Hong Kong: International Orality Network, 2014). Blurb.

R. E. Enlow, Jr. The Leader’s Palette: Seven Primary Colors (Bloomington: WestBow, 2013). Blurb.

Fritz Deininger & Orbelina Eguizabal, eds. Foundations for Academic Leadership in Academic Leadership Series (Nurnberg: VTR, 2013). Blurb.

Matthew Michael, Christian Theology and African Traditions (Eugene: Pickwick, 2012). Blurb.

C. John Collins Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who they were and why you should care (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011). Blurb.

Web Postings

B. Utley, The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John (Bible Lessons International, Marshall, Texas, 1999) [Translated from English to Arabic]. December 2009.

“Serving Contextual Communities: The Bond Model.” October 9, 2009. For the ppt, click here.

“The Colors of Lebanon. What would real peace mean?” ChristianityToday.com, web post. February 07, 2007.

“The Sorrow of Survival.” EthicsDaily.com, blog post. August 21, 2006.

“Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate.” EthicsDaily.com, blog post. August 17, 2006.

“Civilized Discrimination!” al-Sharq, blog post. August 13, 2006.

“A Legacy of Displacement.” August 11, 2006.

“Turning Water Into Blood.” EthicsDaily.com, blog post. August 05, 2006.

“On Being the Fifth Gospel.” August 4, 2006.

“Home, sweet home!” August 3, 2006.

“A 'Prayer' to Condoleezza Rice: After the water turns to blood at Qana, how long?” August 02, 2006.

“The Silent Human Conscience: What should I tell my daughter when bombs fall and the great nations say nothing?” July 24, 2006.

“The names of Allah in the Book of Genesis.” [Arabic]

"An Evangelical Declaration on the Care of Creation” [Translated from English into Arabic] R. J. Berry (ed.), The Care of Creation: Focusing concern and action (Leicester: IVP, 2000).