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Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond Paperback – June 10, 2011
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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
"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."
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 --Wipf and Stock Publishers
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He has written three books: Worship That Makes Sense to Paul (Walter de Gruyter, 2010), Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond (Wipf & Stock, 2011), and Colossians (Smyth & Helwys, 2013). He has also written numerous academic articles for journals such as Journal for the Study of the New Testament and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
Please visit his blog: www.cruxsolablog.com
Top Customer Reviews
In Prepare, Succeed, Advance, Gupta seeks to "provide a series of responses to a host of questions that one may encounter when travelling down the path towards a PhD in biblical studies and beyond." The book is right on the money in this sense. While it reads through nicely, it is also the sort of work that one will want to refer to time and again-especially someone who is trying to advance through the stages of the PhD process.
In the Prepare section, Gupta guides the reader through how to select a program, including what factors to consider, such as cost, location, school prestige, and so on. Perhaps the most useful section of the book is the second chapter, in which he counsels PhD applicants in how to prepare for a PhD-what languages they'll need to know, what reference works with which to familiarize themselves, and so on. The bibliography he provides (with comments) is a time-saver to many. He concludes the section with nuts-and-bolts advice for how to fill out a PhD program application.
The second part of the book, Succeed, is all about how to do well in a PhD program, once accepted. Gupta goes in depth with regard to how to work with one's supervisor, how to write and plan for the dissertation, and how to prepare for the oral dissertation defense.Read more ›
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Exactly what I ordered. This book is helpful for organizing my thoughts plans as I seek a PhD in Early Christianity. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daniel Berk
I highly recommend this work to anyone who is considering higher education in Biblical Studies. The path to a Ph.D. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard Ham
An indispensable resource for all who desire to pursue a PhD in Biblical Studies.Published 14 months ago by Omele Burrell
Gupta does a great job addressing the "nuts and bolts" of the entire PhD experience: picking a school, applying for admission, preparing for study, doing the research,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Matthew Crowe