Dr. Brad H. Young is the founder and President of the Gospel Research Foundation, Inc. Residing in Tulsa, OK, Dr. Young is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University (ORU) serving as a Tenured Professor of Judaic-Christian Studies.
A native of Sapulpa, OK, he received his B.A. from ORU. Then at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he pursued graduate studies in early Christianity and ancient Judaism. During this time, he lectured at the Jerusalem University College, served as Research Assistant to Dr. David Flusser, and earned two degrees, an M.A. and Ph.D., both from Hebrew University. He was a lecturer in Comparative Religions at Hebrew University for two years. Paulist Press published Dr. Young's doctoral dissertation under the title, Jesus and His Jewish Parables. Dr. Young is one of the founding scholars of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Studies working closely on Gospel research with Prof. David Flusser, Dr. Robert L. Lindsey, and Prof. Shmuel Safrai (all pictured with Dr. Young). He has contributed to scholarly journals and spoken at many academic, church, interfaith, and civic gatherings.
In 1987, Dr. Young returned to Oklahoma to ORU as a professor. He regularly teaches classes on the parables of Jesus, the Jewish Background of the Gospels, Jewish Apocalyptic Literature, Rabbinic Literature, and the theology of the Apostle Paul. Dr. Young 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, Dr. Young has maintained a strong commitment to research and writing. The Gospel Research Foundation facilitates his work as an author and teacher. His books include: The Jewish Background to the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus and His Jewish Parables, Jesus the Jewish Theologian, Paul the Jewish Theologian, and The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation. His books situate the readers in the authentic setting of the first century where they can explore the original Jewish environment in the beginnings of Christian faith. Dr. Young is known for his scholarly contribution to the comparative study of the Gospel and rabbinic parables.
As an internationally recognized authority on the life and teaching of Jesus, Dr. Young has had a remarkable impact. His work has challenged audiences to return Jesus to Jesus' culture, time and people, to the distant and foreign world of late Second Temple Period Judaism, and to have the courage to listen to Jesus' teachings afresh. Having broad appeal, Dr. Young's 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. Everyone discovers a fresh perspective of early Christianity.
Whether through writing, teaching or public speaking, Dr. Young’s message always enlightens, stimulates, and stretches his audiences. Active in interfaith dialogue, he has worked to build bridges of understanding between the Jewish and Christian communities of faith. His passion is studying and teaching the Jesus presented in the Synoptic Gospels against the rich and diverse backdrop of ancient Judaism. For such a task, having lived, studied, and taught in Jerusalem for ten years, Dr. Young is uniquely qualified.