Rev. Dr. John Vijaya Raj R.


Contact Information:

Phone: +91 7598090609


Rev. Dr. Vijaya Raj earned a B.A. in English Literature from Madurai Kamaraj University in 1990; a B.D. from Serampore University in 2001; and an M.Th. and D.Th. from Serampore University in 2004 and 2013 respectively. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, ‘Subversion of Class Hierarchy in the Gospel of Luke: A Study in  Lukan Theology’. His academic specialization remains the Gospel of Luke. He joined the faculty of CTSN in 2011. In 2017 Dr. Vijaya Raj was ordained as a pastor in the IELC.

Dr. Vijaya Raj is married.

Courses Taught:

New Testament Greek
The life and faith of the people of God: Old Testament
The life and faith of the people of God: New Testament
Biblical Hermeneutics: Methods and Perspectives
Jesus movement in the Synoptic Gospels
Jesus movement in the Johannine writings
Jesus tradition in Paul and Pauline circle
Christian faith and witness in pluralist societies
Life and ministry of the early Christians according to Acts
Reading the Apocalyptic Books (Daniel and Revelation)
Ekklesia: the radical democratic assembly of equals
Methodologies: Biblical Studies
Study Methods
General introduction to Christian ministry
Introduction to General Epistles

Research Interests:

Early Christianity

Translations (English to Tamil):

Donald Wayne Riddle, ‘Early Christian Hospitality: A Factor in the Gospel Transmission’, JBL 57 (1938), 141-54, in Chuvadukal Iraiyiyal Ithal 2/3 (2014), 1-7.

Robert C. Newman, ‘Daniel’s Seventy Weeks and the Old Testament Sabbath-year Cycle’, JETS 16 (1973), 229- 34, in Chuvadukal Iraiyiyal Ithal 1 (2013), 4-8.


‘Human Rights Concerns in the Lukan Infancy Narratives (Luke 1: 5-2: 52)’, Indian Journal of Theology 46 (2004), 1-12.

‘The Socio-Political Conflict and Human Right Concerns in the Parable of Compassionate Samaritan (Luke 10: 29-37)’, Indian Journal of Theology 48 (2006), 35-44.

‘Paul’s Political Discourse as Colonial Mimicry: A Postcolonial Appraisal of Romans 13: 1-7’, SATHRI Journal 3 (2009), 99-115.

‘The Parables of Jesus and Reversal of Human Fortune: Mapping the Theological Frame of Parables in Luke’, Indian Theological Journal 4 (2010), 93-109.

‘Wealth and Social Justice in Luke 18: 18-25’, Bible Bhashyam 37 (2011), 20-41.

‘God’s Sovereignty and Human Suffering’,   Chuvadukal Iraiyiyal Ithal 1/2 (2013), 25-28.

‘Christians’ Contributions in Indian Freedom Struggle’, Chuvadukal Iraiyiyal Ithal 1/4 (2014), 8-14.

‘Tamil Bible Translation’, Chuvadukal Iraiyiyal Ithal 1/1 (2013), 1-7.

‘Jerusalem or Jesus: An Appraisal of Holy Land Tour’, Chuvadukal Iraiyiyal Ithal 3/1 (2016), 8-16.