J. Scott Bridger

J. Scott Bridger

Associate Professor of Global Studies & World Religions

Contact Information

Office:  214.818.1323

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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
  • 2011 M.A. (Arabic Language, Literature and Islamic Studies), University of Haifa
  • 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

  • 2015-present Associate Professor of Global Studies & World Religions, Criswell College, Dallas, Texas
  • 2014-2015 Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of World Religions & Islamic Studies; Director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2011–2014 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. 


  • Christian Exegesis of the Qur’ān: A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur’ān in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts. Eugene, Oreg.: Pickwick, 2015.
  • “Missiological Method,” co-authored with Bruce Ashford in Missiology: An Introduction by John Mark Terry (forthcoming by B&H in 2015).
  • “Islam and Religious Liberty,” Southern Seminary Magazine, Winter 2015, 40-­41.
  • A Review of Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion: Two Thousand Years of Christian Missions in the Middle East by Eleanor H. Tejirian and Reeva Spector Simon, January 31, 2014. Available at:
  • “What is Shariah Law?,” Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, November 4, 2013. Available at:
  • “Mission to Muslims.” In Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations, ed. Bruce Riley Ashford, 222–37. Nashville, Tenn.: B&H Academic, 2011. Published under the pseudonym, “Theodore A. Curry.”
  • “Take Up and Read: Kenneth Cragg’s Call for Muslims to Engage the Biblical Christ.” St. Francis Magazine 5:3 (2009): 37–62.
  • “Raymond Lull: Medieval Theologian, Philosopher, and Missionary to Muslims.” St. Francis Magazine 5:1 (2009): 1–25.

Academic Affiliations

  • American Society of Missiology
  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • International Qur’anic Studies Association

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)