B. J. Oropeza is a recognized scholar in the area of New Testament studies, the Apostle Paul, and various theological issues. He obtained his Ph. D. from Durham University (U.K.) in New Testament Theology. He is Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, California). He has also held positions or has been a scholar in residence at Princeton Theological Seminary, the University of Tübingen, and George Fox University. He has numerous publications, some of which have been translated into Korean, Vietnamese, Portuguese, German, Croatian, Greek, and Arabic. Among his publications include Exploring Intertextuality (Cascade); Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives in Honor of James D. G. Dunn (T. & T. Clark/Bloomsbury); a 3-volume set subtitled Apostasy in the New Testament Communities (Cascade), entries in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Theology, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation, and on the lighter side of things, The Gospel according to Superheroes (Peter Lang).


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Memberships and Associations: 

Society of Bible Literature

Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas

Editorial board: Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity/Emory Studies in Early Christianity

Scripture and Paul Seminar (SBL)

Founder of the Intertextuality in the New Testament SBL section

Former Research Associate with the Christian Research Institute and Christian Research Journal.

Academic Areas and Interests:


1-2 Corinthians

Paul’s Letters

Theological Perspectives on Paul


Greco-Roman literature


Sociorhetorical analytic

Billiards, Beatles, and Superheroes!


This blog is named “In Christ” after the many New Testament passages that use the phrase to refer to our union with Christ and identify believers as Christ’s followers. It provides biblical perspectives on the various topics of discussion.