Nijay’s 2019 Publications

Here are a few things I am publishing in 2019.


PGP.jpg“The Good Soldier and the Good Life in Paul and the Giants of Philosophy” in Paul and the Giants of Philosophy (ed. Joey Dodson and David Briones, Aug 2019). I have worked with these editors on another project too and it has been a pleasure. This is a readable and engaging study of Paul’s relationship/resonances with and differences from the popular philosophies of his day. Also, what a great cover!

Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond (Cascade, July 2019). Second Edition.  It has been 8 years since I did the first edition. I have learned some new things along the way about the academy. Also, I have added a lot more material on PhD exams (US programs), pedagogy, and a special new chapter I will talk about later this summer.

Zondervan Critical Introduction to the New Testament: 1-2 Thessalonians (seriesZCINT.jpg ed. Michael F. Bird; Zondervan, July 2019). This is an amazing series, and I am honored to be the launch volume. This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive critical introduction to 1-2 Thess. I can’t wait to collect the other volumes. Zondervan has made these very affordable. More info on this series to come.


Shall Be Bright At Last: Essays on Suffering and Hope in Paul (ed. Gupta and Martha VanHouten; Pennington Epress, Sept, 2019). This is an edited volume I developed from one of my seminary courses. The essays are written by my students where various Pauline texts related to suffering and hope are exposited and reflected on theologically. I contribute an essay on Philippians 4. 

“2 Timothy” in The Wesley One-Volume Commentary (ed. Joel B. Green; Abingdon, Nov 2019)My short commentary of 2 Timothy is my first dip into the Pastorals. I am working on a longer (~100,000 words) commentary on 1-2 Timothy, Titus for Helwys’ “Reading” series.

The State of New Testament Studies (ed. Gupta and McKnight; Baker, Nov 2019)We SNTS.jpgrecruited 23 contributors covering the gamut of NT topics and texts to survey the cutting edge conversations in NT studies. Contributors include: Scot McKnight, Lynn Cohick, Abson Joseph, Dennis Edwards, Mike Bird, Michael Gorman, Dana Harris, Joshua Jipp, Matt Bates, Alicia Myers, Jin Young Choi, Greg Carey, Rebekah Eklund, David Capes, and many more! My essay is on “New Testament Ethics.” 

Paul and the Language of Faith (Eerdmans, December, 2019). I am really excited about this. It is my first theological study I have written since my dissertation. I discuss Paul’s faith language with a view towards the ongoing debate in scholarship about divine and human agency. I will have a lot more to say about this in the fall.

Sin and Its Remedy in Paul. (ed. Gupta and John Goodrich; Contours of Pauline Theology Series; Cascade, ~Jan/Feb 2020). This will launch a new book series with Cascade that comes out of the IBR Pauline Theology group John and I co-chair. This book has a stellar line-up, more info to come.