Lecturer in Global Christianity
B.Th., and B.D. Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India
M.A. in German Studies, Karnatak University, Dharward,
Karnataka State, India
D.Th. in Historical Theology, Martin Luther University
Dr.habil. in Mission and Religious Studies, Martin
Luther University Halle–Wittenberg, Germany
Ph. D. in German Studies, University of Mumbai
D.D. (h.c.) conferred by the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration in Chennai (Madras
Daniel Jeyaraj is an Indian theologian with deep interests in World Christianity. His teaching and research primarily deal with the dynamics of Christian missions and their interaction with native cultures. He is a leading authority on the study of the Royal Danish-Halle Mission (i.e., Tranquebar Mission), Pietism, and the emergence of Protestant churches in eighteenth century India.
His pioneering research in several European libraries and archives has helped him recover and identify numerous paper and palm leaf manuscripts written in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, German, Danish, Portuguese, and English. These manuscripts written by Indian Christians and European missionaries contain important first-hand information on the South Indian church, society, and culture. He is the first Indian to receive the prestigious dissertation-based post-doctoral teaching degree “Dr. theol. habil” (= D.Th. + Dr. habil.) from the Faculty of Theology belonging to a university in Germany.
Prof. Jeyaraj has translated two major monographs of Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg (1682-1719), the first Protestant missionary to South India, from German into English. From an Indian perspective he has also written a definitive biography of Ziegenbalg. His several books and numerous research articles have made a significant contribution to the study of the history of Christianity in South India, its impact on the west, and to the emergence of certain cross-continental networks.
Prof. Jeyaraj has received a number of research awards from various churches, research foundations and universities. He has also lectured in major theological colleges and universities in India, Europe, and the U.S. He taught at the Union Biblical Seminary in Pune, India; the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College & Research Institute in Chennai (Madras), India and the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, USA. (September 2001 – June 2003). He is an ordained presbyter of the Diocese of Tirunelveli, Church of South India. Currently, he serves as the chief editor of Dharma Deepika, a biannual South Asian journal of missiological research. He joined the Andover Newton faculty in July 2003.
He is now Professor of World Christianity at Liverpool Hope University and is also the director of the Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity.