Rikk Watts is a world-renowned bible scholar famous for his work with the Gospel of Mark, Isaiah and the New Testament. He combines a high level of scholarship with a passion for the Bible and the belief that it speaks to every area of life today.
Rikk originally trained as an aeronautical engineer and has studied philosophy, art, history and sociology whilst working at IBM as an engineer.
Rikk has a Master of Arts and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell College, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is chair of the Mark Seminar at the Society for Biblical Literature and has taught around the world – at Gordon-Conwell College in Boston, Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, La Trobe University in Melbourne, Regent College in Vancouver and since 2017, at Alphacrucis College across Australia. Rikk’s book, published in 1997, is titled ‘Isaiah’s New Exodus and Mark’.
Recent scholarship has come to appreciate the power and rich subtlety of Mark’s deceptively straightforward and oft-neglected account of Jesus. The rehabilitation of Jesus’ long-ignored Jewishness has contributed to this renaissance, paving the way for a new understanding of Mark’s themes, structure, coherence, and remarkably high Christology. Deepen your understanding of Mark’s gospel and its relevance today through this careful exegetical study.