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222: Nijay Gupta | You Need to Know Women Taught, Led, and Ministered in the Early Church
Nijay K. Gupta (PhD, New Testament, University of Durham) is a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary. Previously, he was a professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary, where he also oversaw the Master’s thesis program, and advises doctoral students.
He is the author of the book Worship That Makes Sense to Paul and Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond along with Bible commentaries and over a dozen academic articles in theological journals.
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What is your perspective on women’s roles in the early church? Nijay Gupta brings eye opening insight to aide your understanding of women in ministry through biblical wisdom. Join us on a transformative journey as we explore the leadership of women in the early Christian community.
In order to be biblical, we have to establish the right place for women to be and the wrong place. So the right place is the home and the wrong place is the pulpit, or however you imagine that, the public, however you imagine that. And when people kind of say they want to reclaim biblical womanhood, they’re often harkening back to a world that never was. – Nijay Gupta
My special guest is Nijay Gupta
Meet Nijay Gupta, theologian, seminary professor, and author with a unique faith journey that began with his conversion from Hinduism to Christianity as a teenager. Nijay has since devoted his life to the study and teaching of the Bible, with a particular focus on women’s roles in the early church. His book, “Tell Her Story“, shares this fascinating research, providing valuable insights on this often-debated topic. With degrees in theology, divinity, and New Testament, Nijay is not only highly qualified but also approachable and genuine in his discussions, making him a much sought-after expert in the field.
This is a portion of Nijay Gupta’s story:
Raised in a Hindu household in north central Ohio, Nijay Gupta’s life changed when he embraced Christianity as a teenager. Passionate about his faith, Nijay attended church multiple times a week and longed to be a missionary. As he dove deeper into his beliefs, he began to question the traditional roles of men and women within the church. This curiosity led him to seminary, where he discovered that the early Christian church was filled with strong, fearless women who held leadership positions.
In this episode, you will be able to:
Explore the often-overlooked significance of women in central leadership positions within the Bible and early church periods.
Investigate Paul’s critical nurturing of an inclusive, gender-blind leadership style during the formative years of the early church.
Acknowledge the multitude of proactive roles women have played throughout the Bible.
Discern the ways in which Jesus’ teachings equip women to inspire and support others in their spiritual journeys.
- Book: Tell Her Story by Nijay Gupta
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