This blog series spotlights 50 NT scholars and their research. The goal of this series is to introduce readers to a wider circle of scholarship than they have encountered. The majority of people on this list are early or mid-career NT scholars who are doing great research and writing.
Jeanette Hagen Pifer
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Explain why you love teaching and/or writing, and why it brings you vocational satisfaction.
I have the best job in the world. I’ve always had a passion for teaching–being able to share what I have gained in a variety of ways brings me tremendous joy in general. Even more specifically, teaching the subject matter of the Bible means I get to share every day the source of my deepest joy, love and hope. And of course, writing is just another avenue through which I can share what has impacted me in my own study! It brings me tremendous joy when my students see deeper textual implications through learning to read the New Testament in the original Greek. I love it when greater contextual awareness opens up implications to my students that impact the way they do life. In short, it is my deepest joy when I see transformation happen in my students and watch as they have opportunities to impact others with the self-giving love of Christ.
What is one “big idea,” emphasis, or theme in your scholarship that you hope impacts the way students and scholars read and understand the NT?
The focus of my scholarship thus far has been on unpacking the biblical meaning of faith, mostly in Paul’s letters but I have and continue to work through the ways this central and vital topic is handled throughout the whole Canon. If there is one big idea that I hope impacts the way students and scholars read and understand the New Testament, it is that being united with Christ by faith/trust/dependence on him is the single-most important gift we can ever receive. It is a gift that redefines us—who we are, our whole outlook on life. All other aspects of life are then filtered through this one life-changing relationship that we have.
Read Pifer’s Work
Faith as Participation: An Exegetical Study of Some Key Pauline Texts (2019)
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If you ran into me at SBL, and you didn’t want to talk about New Testament studies, what would you want to talk about?
Other fun topics I enjoy talking about include music, travel, the arts, etc. But I mostly enjoy the opportunity to connect with people about the things that matter most to them –family, how one is doing amidst both the challenges and joys of life, etc.