May 7, 2019—Dr. Love Sechrest, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary announced that Dr. Raj Nadella was appointed by the Board as the new Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Nadella is currently Associate Professor of New Testament.
“In addition to being a fine teacher and mentor for our students, Dr. Nadella has engaged in a number of projects that have elevated the discussion of topics that are of interest to the broader society, bringing religious voices to bear on important matters in civil society,” said Dr. Sechrest. “This year, he initiated and co-led a widely acclaimed conference at Columbia Seminary called Migrations and Border Crossings as a multi-disciplinary scholarly dialogue on immigration. A few years ago, he co-led another conference called Bible, Empire, and Reception History which engaged biblical scholars from every part of the world on what the Bible says to oppressed and oppressing cultures, as well as how the Bible is interpreted by these same cultures.”
“This is truly an honor for me,” Dr. Nadella stated. “I am thankful for the many ways the Columbia Seminary community has supported a larger discussion about issues of social justice and the implications for the Church and society today. My hope is that Columbia will become a leader in theological education that is setting the tone in thinking about these big issues.”
Dr. Nadella received a Bachelor of Theology (1992) from Serampore College and a Master of Divinity (1995) from United Theological College, both of which are in India. He later earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages (2000) at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (2010) at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.
Dr. Nadella is the author of Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke (Continuum/T&T Clark, 2011) and an area editor for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. He is currently co-authoring a textbook on postcolonial biblical studies titled Postcolonialism and the Bible (T&T Clark) and authoring a book titled Synoptics and the Empire. Nadella has published numerous articles that explicate interrelated issues such as empire, bible, and economic justice. He has contributed to Huffington Post and other publications such as Presbyterians Today. Nadella serves on the National Council of Churches USA’s Faith and Order Commission and on the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)’s Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP).
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