J. Scott Bridger

J. Scott Bridger

Assistant Professor of World Christianity & Islamic Studies

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Scott met his wife, Miriam, in Jerusalem on Christmas Eve, 1998. They have five children, three of whom were born in Haifa, Israel. Scott spent 12 years studying, living, and working in various countries of the Middle East.


  • 2013 Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dissertation Title: “Christian Exegesis of the Qur’ān: A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur’ān in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts.”
  • 2011 M.A., Arabic Language and Islamic Studies, University of Haifa, Israel.
  • 2007 Th.M., Systematic Theology, Trinity International University
  • 2000 M.A., Christian Education, Southeastern Seminary
  • 2000 M.A., Intercultural Studies, College at Southeastern
  • 1995 B.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee (magna cum laude).

Additional Studies

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Birzeit University, Birzeit, West Bank. 
  • University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
  • Fajr Center for Arabic Language, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Supervised doctoral seminar entitled, “Islamic Theology and Christian Doctrine,” under the tutelage of Dr. Gabriel Said Reynolds, University of Notre Dame.

Teaching Experience

  • 2011– Present  Assistant Professor of World Christianity and Islamic Studies, Criswell College, Dallas, Texas.
  • 2007–2011  Online tutor with Spurgeon’s College, London, England.
  • 2007–2011  Lecturer in Intercultural Studies, Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, Nazareth, Israel.
  • 2005–2006  Graduate Assistant for Dr. John Feinberg, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois. 

Current Research & Interests

My doctoral dissertation explores how medieval and contemporary Arab Christians, writing in Arabic and living in the world of Islam, have made positive apologetic use of select qur’ānic verses. My dissertation explores this topic in two medieval Arabic Christian texts and in two contemporary Arabic Bible commentaries produced by the al-Kalima School based in Beirut, Lebanon..

Academic Affiliations

  • American Society of Missiology
  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • Evangelical Theological Society

Education Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa (University of Tennessee)
  • Gamma Beta Phi (University of Tennessee)
  • Psi Chi (University of Tennessee)
  • W. K. McClure Scholarship for World Research (University of Tennessee)
  • Jewish Studies Award (Southeastern Seminary)