Prepare, Succeed, Advance

A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond

By Nijay K. Gupta

Prepare, Succeed, Advance

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  • Publication Date: 6/10/2011
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Prepare, Succeed, Advance

A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond

By Nijay K. Gupta

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  • ISBN: 9781608997695
  • Pages: 164
  • Publication Date: 6/10/2011
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80
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eBOOK

  • ISBN: 9781608997695
  • Format: epub
  • Publication Date: 6/10/2011
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80
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About-

What if you had a guidebook that you could turn to at each stage of your academic journey to help you navigate through the process of getting a PhD in biblical studies and succeeding in the academic world? This book is precisely intended to fill that need. From theory to practice, you will find discussions and answers to the most pertinent and pressing questions that prospective and current doctoral students are faced with: How do I choose a program? How can I gain admission into an elite program? How do I choose a research topic?

Alongside the "big" questions about the process, there are also a host of smaller matters: How do I publish an article? What conferences are out there in my field? Where do I start looking for a job? How do I get teaching experience? How do I write a syllabus?

This guidebook tackles all of these questions and many more in three parts: Prepare focuses on getting into a PhD program; Succeed guides you through the doctoral program, especially the writing of the dissertation; and Advance treats issues that relate to success in the academic world such as conference participation, publishing, employment, and best practices in teaching.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Getting a PhD in biblical studies ain't a walk in the park, it's more like running for your life through the African Serengeti at meal time! Lucky for would be PhD students is that Dr. Nijay Gupta can be your tour guide as you start this journey. Nijay himself has been tried by the ordeal of a British doctorate, he's a successful graduate who landed a job, and an accomplished author to follow up. If you want to know about the A-Z of doing and finishing a PhD in biblical studies, this book will show you the way and save you much pain and frustration too. Anyone serious about doctoral studies in the field of Bible or Theology should consult this volume first."
--Michael Bird
Lecturer in Theology at the Bible
College of Queensland

"This volume is full of wisdom and advice from Gupta's own experience and countless hours of conversation about the topic. Nijay Gupta is a reliable guide for PhD studies-dispelling the myths and misunderstandings of academia. Gupta's Guidebook is essential reading for every stage of the journey."
--Daniel M. Gurtner
Associate Professor of New Testament
Bethel Seminary

"It is hard to imagine a more insightful or practical guide to obtaining a PhD in biblical studies and beginning one's career in the field. Many budding scholars and their mentors will be ecstatic that Nijay Gupta has put his experience and wise counsel into print. I wish I had had such a book when I was starting out."
--Michael J. Gorman
The Ecumenical Institute of Theology
St. Mary's Seminary & University

"There is quite literally a wealth of wisdom in these pages so quite a few will no doubt echo me in lamenting, 'If only this was published when I was writing my PhD!' Thankfully, this wonderfully helpful guide to the rigmaroles of PhD research also offers advice for those of us taking the first steps in teaching, publishing, conference paper presentation, and job hunting. This compact and lucid book will not only inform, inspire, and encourage at all kinds of levels, it could save many from the veritable smorgasbord of potential mistakes and traps that can beleaguer those with even the best of intentions. Read this book! You will only be doing yourself a favor."
--Chris Tilling
New Testament Tutor
St Mellitus College & St Paul's Theological Centre


"I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger," and had Gupta'sPrepare, Succeed, Advance been written way back then--as regards to the pursuit for a PhD and a tenured track post--I would have. Frankly, Nijay's insights give an unfair advantage to future PhD's over those of us who have already ran that gauntlet and wish we could do it again. Nevertheless, having read this book, it would now be unjust to fail to recommend it to all PhD bound students. Therefore, I will reluctantly urge these students, even though they will undoubtedly be our future competition for jobs and publications, to read this book. And so should you. It's the Christian thing to do."
-- Joseph R. Dodson, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Ouchita Baptist University

"I consider assisting (Truett Seminary) students to discern the next educational step to or not to take to be a profound privilege and a sacred trust. The prospects of pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies can be and typically are daunting! Nijay Gupta's guidebook Prepare, Succeed, Advance will go some way not only to demystify the idea, but also to assist those who apply to be accepted, to aid those who gain admission to gain traction, and to help those who graduate to find their way in the bewildering, yet wonderful, world of the academy. I intend to keep a supply of Nijay's book to hand and to give it to students who are thinking about the ins and outs of a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies."
-- Todd D. Still, Professor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

"This guidebook is a great idea--I wish I had such a resource all those years ago when I was first exploring life in the academic world! Many aspects of that world seem like common sense to insiders but are foreign to newcomers, who need a trustworthy guide for navigating those inner workings. Dr. Gupta provides practical help that students can use as they discern whether to pursue a vocation in biblical and theological studies, and as they start walking down that path." --Daniel Treier, Associate Professor of Theology, Wheaton College

Contributors-

Nijay K. Gupta

Bio(s)-

Nijay K. Gupta teaches Biblical Studies at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of the book Worship That Makes Sense to Paul (2010), and over a dozen academic articles in journals such as The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Currents in Biblical Research, Horizons in Biblical Theology, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Neotestamentica, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and Restoration Quarterly. He is also assistant editor for Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters.

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