Jan Nylund is a doctoral student in New Testament exegesis at Lund University since 2011. His passion is to combine a living everyday spirituality with academic excellence in the study of the New Testament, and to pass this on to future preachers, church workers and theologians. He has previously worked with church- and school administration, and has also been involved in revival work among immigrants.

»Spiritual and academic excellence«

He began his doctoral studies abroad at McMaster Divinity College, Canada. In connection with this, he spent one semester of research at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, and one semester of language studies in Paris. He has been teaching on the New Testament since 2009, and has supervised around ten B.A. theses. His primary field of research is Greek linguistics in a New Testament context, and he is writing his dissertation on verbal aspect. Other research interests are discourse analysis, hermeneutics, history of New Testament research, and the historical Jesus.

As International Network Co-ordinator for Society of Biblical Literature’s Student Advisory Board, he coordinates doctoral students in biblical studies from 42 countries. He is chairman of the Humanistic and Theological Doctoral Student Council at Lund University, board member of Lund Doctoral Student Union, and Ph.D. student representative in the Board of Research Education at Lund University. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Swedish Exegetical Society, and Tyndale House Fellowship, Cambridge. In 2009, he received a full one-year scholarship for theological studies in Northern America from the Sweden-America Foundation, handed over by Her Majesty the Crown Princess Victoria.

Jan Nylund has a Bachelor of Arts in the New Testament from Oral Roberts University (summa cum laude), a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in English linguistics and biblical languages from Uppsala University, and a Master of Theology in New Testament Exegesis from Lund University.

Jan Nylund is from Stockholm but currently resides in Lund with his wife Maria Shiva. Running and classical music are among his leisure-time activities.

Publications by Jan Nylund:

  • “Friedrich Schleiermacher: On his Contribution to New Testament Studies”. In Pillars in the History of Biblical Interpretation. Wipf & Stock, 2014 (forthcoming).
  • “Dag Hammarskjöld’s Spirituality Revisited: A Critique of W.H. Auden’s Understanding and Translation of Markings”. In Svensk Teologisk Kvartalsskrift, 2014 (forthcoming).
  • “The Prague School of Linguistics and its Influence on New Testament Language Studies”. In The Language of the New Testament: Context, History, and Development (s.155-221). Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013.
  • “Petrus och det transparenta ledarskapet”. Keryx, 2013
  • Seven reviews, and eight stipulated dictionary articles in Lexham Bible Dictionary, forthcoming 2014.

Jan Nylund

Jan Nylund

Instructor in: New Testament Exegesis


  • Doctoral studies, New Testament (Lund University [McMaster Divinity College, University of Oxford])
  • Master of Arts in English and Biblical Languages (Uppsala University)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English (Uppsala University)
  • Bachelor of Arts in New Testament (Oral Roberts University, USA)