Nijay Gupta

Nijay Gupta, PhD

Associate Professor of New Testament


Office: Portland Center South: Office 269


Nijay Gupta (PhD, University of Durham) is associate professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary. He was born and raised in Ohio, but has lived in many places, including Boston, Durham (England), Seattle, Philadelphia, Rochester (New York) and Portland.

Gupta is passionate about academic scholarship that also serves pastors and the church. In the summer of 2019, he  published two books, a reference work on 1-2 Thessalonians and a second edition of his  Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook to Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies . Due out in the fall of 2019 are three more books – an edited volume of 22 essays called  The State of New Testament Studies  (coedited with Scot McKnight), a theological study entitled  Paul and the Language of Faith, and a primer for laypeople called  Reading Philippians Theologically .

In 2020, Gupta will release another five books: a textbook entitled  A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Studies , a handbook for pastors called  The   Lexham Guide to New Testament Commentaries , a commentary on Philippians coauthored with Michael F. Bird, and two edited volumes – one on sin language in Paul and the other a collection of essays by Gupta's seminary students on the subject of "suffering, pain, and hope in the letters of Paul."

He serves on the boards of Ex Auditu, the Biblical Interpretation Brill monograph series, as co-chair of the Pauline Theology seminar group of the Institute for Biblical Research, coeditor of the planned second edition of the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, editor-in-chief of the Bulletin for Biblical Research, and as a member of the Society of New Testament Studies. He also serves on the doctoral faculty of Trinity College Bristol (England). In 2017-18, he was presented with the George Fox University award for graduate research and scholarship.

In 2018, Gupta collaborated with a group of seminary students to produce an intermediate Greek textbook that is open access. He loves to use creativity in the classroom through such tools as role-playing games and having students read and write historical fiction related to the biblical world. He also serves as a team leader for the Portland Seminary’s Institute for Pastoral Thriving .

Outside of his seminary work, Gupta likes to watch superhero movies with his kids. He enjoys riding around on his electric bicycle (to get up those Portland hills!). He and his wife go on a date every week to a new Portland-area coffee shop to enjoy organic, fair-trade coffee. When he is not rooting for his students, he roots for the Portland Timbers soccer team. He believes a “good day” is filled with laughter and delicious food – ideally Asian food.

Gupta and his family attend River West Church and lead Bible studies in their neighborhood. He regularly guest preaches in the Portland area and blogs at cruxsolablog .

Academic Background

PhD, New Testament, University of Durham ; ThM, MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary ; BA, Miami University

Expertise and Research Interests

Primary Teaching Areas: New Testament, Greek and English translation exegesis, biblical theology

Research Interests: Biblical theology, biblical hermeneutics and exegesis, Pauline literature, the Gospel of John, New Testament ethics

Research Bibliography

Research works and presentations