Nadella, Raj

Dr. Raj  Nadella

Dr. Raj Nadella

Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament

Phone: 404 687-4544


Office: CH307 / Box 33F

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Dr. Nadella’s research and teaching interests include postcolonial biblical interpretation, migration and New Testament perspectives on economic justice and their ethical implications for the Church and society. In addition, his research has focused on Mikhail Bakhtin and Biblical Studies.


  • PhD, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia
  • MABL, Graduate Theological Union
  • MDiv/BD United Theological College, India
  • BTh, Serampore College, India

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)


Recent Public Scholarship:

  • Contributor, “American Values Religious Voices,” a national campaign featuring letters from 100 scholars from diverse faith traditions to the new administration reinforcing “core American values that should continue to guide us.” Also in book format: American Values, Religious Voices. 100 DAYS. 100 LETTERS, University of Cincinnati Press, 2018.
  • “Seeking Wholeness in an Inherently Flawed System (John 5:1-9),” in The Huffington Post, May 1, 2016.
  • “When War Becomes a Way of Life (2 Samuel 11:1-15),” in The Huffington Post, July 20, 2015.
  • “From Bondage to Freedom: Discovering our Identity as a Freed People called to free others,” in Presbyterians Today, January-March Issue, 2016.
  • Contributed to AIB (Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters) TV Series on Introduction to Christianity. Gave two interviews–“Christianity in India” and “Early Christianity”–that aired in October 2014.
  • “Reorienting Ourselves to the Earth,” an On Scripture essay in The Huffington Post, June 21, 2014.
  • “Fear and Wisdom in the Immigration Debate,” in The Huffington Post, June 23, 2013.


"Privilege and Solidarity in Asian American Context” in Asian American Handbook on Biblical Hermeneutics, Seung Ai and Uriah Kim, eds., T & T Clark/Bloomsbury, forthcoming in April, 2019, article
“The Rise of Postcolonial Criticism in biblical Studies and its Current Status," Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Biblical Criticism, ed. R.S. Sugirtharajah, 2019, article
“Consolidation and Complicity: A Political-Economic Reading of Revelation 18,” Semeia Studies, 2018, article
"Gemma Augustea, Imperial Paradox, and the Matthean Resistance” in Scripture and Resistance, Fortress/Lexington Books, Jione Havea, ed., 2018, article
“Pentecost as a Challenge to the Roman Empire’s Values and Ethos,” Journal For Preachers, March, 2018, article
Three Exegetical Essays on Matthew, Connections: A Lectionary Commentary project, Westminster John Knox, 2018, article
Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke, Continuum/T&T Clark, May, 2011, book
“The Two Banquets: Mark’s Vision of Anti-Imperial Economics,” in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, 2016, article
“Writing Personally,” in Writing Theologically, Fortress Press, Eric Barreto, ed. , 2015, article
“The Motif of Hybridity in the Story of the Canaanite Woman and Its Relevance for Multi-faith Relations” in Many Yet One? Multiple Religious Belonging, World Council of Churches, (p.111-120), 2015, article
"The Ambivalent Pilate: A Postcolonial Reading of Matthew’s Portrayal of Pontius Pilate,” Bangalore Theological Forum, 2014, journal
"Exegetical Perspective on Luke 15:1-10, 11-32, 16:1-13” in Feasting on the Gospels, Westminster John Knox, 2013, article
A Response Essay to Wes Avram’s Lead Essay “Faith and Facebook” on @This Point, 2013, essay
“Postcolonialism, Colonial Mimicry and Translation,” Semeia Studies, Roland Boer and Scott Elliott, ed. , 2012,
“Ephesians,” in The People’s Bible, Fortress Press, De Young and Yamada, ed., 2008, article
“Wicked or Foolish? A Postcolonial Reading of the Parable of Tenants” in Indian Journal of Theology, September, 2007, journal
Review of Jesus and Gospel by Graham N. Stanton (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004) in Interpretation, July, 2006, article
Review of Origins of Christmas by Joseph F. Kelly (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004) in Review of Biblical Literature, April, 2005, article
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