Nabil Habiby

Lecturer in New Testament Studies


BA, English Literature, Haigazian University (Beirut)
Teaching Diploma, Teaching English for Secondary Classes, Haigazian University (Beirut)
MA, Theology, Aspects of Christian Holiness, Nazarene Theological College (Manchester)
PhD candidate, at University of Manchester (UK) in partnership with Nazarene Theological College (Manchester)


Nabil has been an active member of the Church of the Nazarene in Beirut for most of his life. Together with his wife, leads the youth ministry at the Sin el Fil Nazarene Church. He also lectures in biblical studies at the Arab Nazarene Bible College. Born in Kuwait to a Lebanese father and Jordanian mother, Nabil has spent most of his life in Lebanon. Being that his grandparents from both sides are originally from Palestine, he is passionate about witness to Christ in the Middle East, justice, and politics. However, the best part of his life remains his lovely wife and his two cute sons.

Nabil’s current research for his PhD involves exploring spatial narrative criticism, Second Temple Judaism, and impure spirits in Mark. He also blogs, infrequently, on local political and social issues from a Christian perspective. His hobbies include reading, playing Settlers of Catan, political activism, and online gaming.

Areas of Interest

Critical spatial studies; narrative criticism; Second Temple Judaism; Markan studies; impure spirits; politics and faith; youth ministry; education.


Nabil regularly contributes to the IMES blog

“The Powerful Helper: A Narrative Study of the Holy Spirit in Mark,” [forthcoming book chapter] in Muslims, the Religious Other: Towards a Biblical Understanding of Islam, the Qur'an, and Mohammad. ed. Martin Accad (book proposal with Langham Global Library, forthcoming 2020).

“Discipleship in Groups,” in Be Do Go; Nazarene Youth Internationals, 2019

“Missiological Reflections: Object of or Participants in?” A reflection on a chapter 9, “Children and Youth in the Mission of God,” in The Missiology Behind the Story: Voices from the Arab World. Institute of Middle East Studies Series. Ed. Jonathan Andrews; Langham Global Library, 2019.

“The Powerful Helper: The Holy Spirit in the Prologue of Mark,” in Renovating Holiness; eds. Josh Broward and Thomas Oord; Nampa: SacraSage Press, 2015.

“Confession of Sin,” in Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology; ed. Al Truesdale; Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2013.