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Dr. Brad H. Young - Biographical Information


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Dr. H. Brad Young is the founder and president of the Gospel Research Foundation, Inc. and the Hebrew Heritage Bible Society. He is a native of Sapulpa, OK. After receiving his B.A. from ORU, Dr. Young 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 has spoken at many academic, church, interfaith, and civic gatherings.

In 1987, Dr. Young returned to Oklahoma to fill a teaching post at the ORU School of Theology and Missions, where he serves as Professor of Biblical Literature in Judaic/Christian Studies.  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 continued to maintain a strong commitment to research and writing. As an internationally recognized authority on the life and teaching of Jesus, 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. Dr. Young's seminars attract Catholics, mainline Protestants, evangelicals, charismatics, and those who are aiming for academic careers, as well as those who are preparing for ministry in the church.

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