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Nijay Gupta

Professor of New Testament


Master of Arts in New Testament Master of Divinity Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context Master of Arts in Urban Leadership Private: Master of Arts in Women and Theology Master of Arts in Theology and Mission Master of Arts in Christian Ministries


Nijay Gupta (DPhil, University of Durham) has written several academic books including A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies, Paul and the Language of Faith, 15 New Testament Words of Life, and Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church. He has co-edited The State of New Testament Studies, Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (2nd ed.), and The State of Pauline Studies. Nijay co-chairs the Pauline Theology seminar of the Institute for Biblical Research and serves as a senior translator for the New Living Translation. 

Nijay blogs here and co-hosts the Slow Theology podcast.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Pauline Theology and Ethics
  • Greco-Roman and Jewish Context
  • Bible Translation
  • Women in the Ancient World
  • Biblical Hermeneutics


University of Durham (UK), 2006-2009
Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Theology & Religion
Thesis title: “Worship That Makes Sense: A Cognitive and Socio-Literary Approach to the Theology of Paul’s Non-Atonement Cultic Metaphors” 

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Massachusetts), 2001-2005
Master of Theology (summa cum laude), Master of Divinity (summa cum laude)

Miami University (Ohio), 1997-2001
Bachelor of Arts

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of New Testament Studies

Courses Taught

  • WT512-513 Thesis
  • IN 304 Biblical interpretation
  • NT 300B Bible Study on Philippians
  • NT 307 Gospels and Acts
  • NT 308 Letters to Revelation
  • NT 406 NT Context/TE 416 Christoform Ethics
  • NT 488 Ten Big Questions about Paul
  • NT 412 NT Theology I
  • NT 413 NT Theology II
  • NT 511/512/513 NT Project
  • DM 7015 Becoming Doctors of the Church
  • DM 7851 NT and its World
  • DM 7852 NT and Its World II
  • WT 308 Women in the NT
  • DM 7045 Biblical and Theological Reflection
  • BL 101-103 Biblical Greek

Books & Resources

Books in Process of Publication

  •  The State of Pauline Studies. Coeditors: Scot McKnight and Erin Heim. Baker, slated 2023
  •  Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. 2nd Ed. Co-edited with Scot McKnight and Lynn Cohick. IVP Academic, slated 2023 
  • The Beginning of Paul’s Gospel: Theological Explorations of Romans 1-4. Cascade, slated late 2022. Co-edited with John K. Goodrich
  • Galatians. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. Story of God Bible Commentary. December 2023
  • Strange Religion: Why the First Christians Were Bizarre, Dangerous, and Attractive. Brazos, Spring 2024 
  • Galatians. New Word Biblical Commentary. Zondervan Academic. Slated 2024
  • The Affections of Jesus Christ. Eerdmans, slated 2024
  • Philippians and Philemon. New Testament Theology. Cambridge University Press, slated 2024
  • Paul’s Worldly Theology: What It Means to Live in the Here and Now. Baker Academic, slated 2025
  • 1-2 Timothy, Titus. Reading the New Testament. Second Series. Helwys. Edited by Todd D. Still. 2026/2027
  • Philippians and Philemon. New Testament Library. Westminster John Knox. Slated for 2027/2028

2023 Publications to Date

  • Tell Her Story. IVP Academic, March 2023

See additional books and articles in his Curriculum Vitae.