Dr Nijay Gupta, BA, MA, MTh, PhD

Dr. Nijay Gupta is Associate Professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary (Portland, Oregon, USA). Dr Gupta received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a focus in biblical languages and biblical theology. His Doctor of Philosophy is from the University of Durham, where he studied Paul’s use of temple, priesthood, and sacrificial metaphors and how Paul employed these images to shape his readers’ identity and ethics.

Currently at Portland Seminary, Dr Gupta oversees the thesis research program and supervises Doctor of Ministry students. He was founding co-editor of the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters, and in 2017 he was inducted as a member into the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

 

Research interests


His research interests include Pauline theology and ethics, exegetical and theological studies in Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1-2 Thessalonians, the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Matthew, and theology and ethics in the Gospel of John.

Select publications


“An Apocalyptic Reading of Psalm 78 in 2 Thessalonians 3,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 31.2 (2008): 179-194.

“I Will Not Be Put to Shame: Paul, the Philippians and the Honorable Plea for Death,” Neotestamentica 42.2 (2008): 253-67.

“Towards a Set of Principles for Interpreting Metaphors in Paul,” Restoration Quarterly 51.3 (2009): 169-181.

“The Theo-Logic of Paul’s Ethics: Crosscurrents and Trends in Recent Research, Pathways for Future Investigation,” Currents in Biblical Research 7.3 (2009): 336-61.

“Whose Body is a Temple (1 Cor. 6.19)? Paul Beyond the Individualism/Communalism Divide,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 72 (2010): 518-36.

“To Whom was Christ a Slave?: Double Agency and the Specters of Sin and Death in Philippians,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 32 (2010): 1-16.

“The Politics of Ephesians and the Empire: Accommodation or Resistance?” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 7 (2010): 112-36.

Worship that Makes Sense to Paul: A New Approach to the Theology of Paul’s Cultic Metaphors. BZNW. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010.

“Mirror-Reading Moral Issues in Paul,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 34.4 (2011): 361-381.

“What is in a Name: The Hermeneutics of Authorship-Analysis Concerning Colossians” Currents in Biblical Research 11.1 (2012).

Colossians. Smyth & Helwys Commentary Series, 2013.

“ ‘They Are Not Gods!’: Jewish and Christian Idol Polemic and Greco-Roman Use of Cult Statues,” The Catholic Biblical Quarterly (2014).

“Gloria in Profundis: Comparing the Glory of Moses in Sirach to Jesus in the Fourth Gospel,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 36.1 (2014): 60-78.

Matthew and Mark across Perspectives: Essays in Honour of William R. Telford and Stephen C. Barton. LNTS. T & T Clark, 2016. Co-editor with Kristian Bendoraitis.

“The Spirituality of Faith in the Gospel of Matthew.” Pages 108-124 in Matthew and Mark across Perspectives. London: T&T Clark, 2016.

1 & 2 Thessalonians. New Covenant Commentary (ed. C.S. Keener and M.F. Bird) Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2016.

“Paul and the Militia Spiritualis Topos in 1 Thessalonians,” in Paul and the Graeco-Roman Philosophical Tradition. LNTS; T & T Clark, 2016.

The Lord’s Prayer. Smyth & Helwys, expected 2018.

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Dr. Nijay Gupta is Associate Professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary (Portland, Oregon, USA). Dr Gupta received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a focus in biblical languages and biblical theology. His Doctor of Philosophy is from the University of Durham, where he studied Paul’s use of […]

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Dr. Nijay Gupta is Associate Professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary (Portland, Oregon, USA). Dr Gupta received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a focus in biblical languages and biblical theology. His Doctor of Philosophy is from the University of Durham, where he studied Paul’s use of […]

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Dr. Nijay Gupta is Associate Professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary (Portland, Oregon, USA). Dr Gupta received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a focus in biblical languages and biblical theology. His Doctor of Philosophy is from the University of Durham, where he studied Paul’s use of […]