Dr. Brad Young
Professor of Biblical Literature
bryoung@oru.edu or dwatkins@oru.edu  for more information
http://www.gospelresearch.org 


Dr. Young is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Theology and Missions at ORU serving as Associate Professor of Biblical Literature. Young is also the founder and President of the Gospel Research Foundation, Inc. Residing in Tulsa, OK. A native of Sapulpa, OK, he received his first degree from ORU.

After receiving his B.A., he departed Tulsa for Israel. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he pursued graduate studies in early Christianity and ancient Judaism. During this time he lectured at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies, served as Research Assistant to Dr. David Flusser, and earned two degrees, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Hebrew University. He is one of the founding scholars of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Studies working closely on Gospel research with Prof. David Flusser and Dr. Robert L. Lindsey. He has contributed to scholarly journals and spoken at many academic, church, interfaith and civic gatherings.

In 1987, he returned to Oklahoma to fill a teaching post at ORU. He regularly teaches classes on the parables of Jesus, the Jewish background to the Gospels, Rabbinic literature, and Paul the Jewish apostle to the Gentiles. He has prepared Christian leaders and pastors for effective ministry and many of his former students are working on Ph.D. degrees at Jewish academic institutions.

In addition to teaching full-time and speaking at seminars and conferences around the world, he has maintained a strong commitment to research and writing. As an internationally recognized authority on the life and teaching of Jesus, he has had a remarkable impact. His work has challenged audiences to return Jesus to his own culture, time and people, to the distant and foreign world of late Second Temple Period Judaism, and to have the courage to listen to his teachings afresh. Having broad appeal, his seminars attract both Catholics and mainline Protestants, evangelicals and Charismatics, those who are aiming for academic careers, as well as, those who are preparing for ministry in the church.
Published Books include: Jesus the Jewish Theologian, Paul the Jewish Theologian, The Jewish Background of the Lord's Prayer, Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation, Jesus and His Jewish Parables, and soon to be released Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and Literature in the Time of Jesus (2006).

B.A., Oral Roberts University, 1978
M.A., Hebrew University, 1981
Ph.D., Hebrew University, 1986