J. Scott Bridger

Associate Professor of Global Studies & World Religions
J. Scott Bridger 214.818.1323


  • 2013 Ph.D., Southeastern Seminary
  • 2011 M.A., University of Haifa, Israel
  • 2007 Th.M., Trinity International University
  • 2000 M.A., Southeastern Seminary
  • 2000 M.A., College at Southeastern
  • 1995 B.A., 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.

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, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2011–2014 Assistant Professor, Criswell College, Dallas, Texas
  • 2007–2011 Lecturer in Intercultural Studies, Nazareth Evangelical College, Nazareth, Israel
  • 2005–2006 Graduate Assistant for Dr. John Feinberg, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois


  • Editorial consultant for the two volume work, Christianity in the Middle East: Historical Sketches and Contemporary Practices. Edited by Mark Lamport et al, Rowman & Littlefield; forthcoming in 2020.
  • “Early Christian Exegesis of the Qur’ān,” in The Qur’ān with Christian Commentary. Edited by Gordon Nickel, Zondervan; forthcoming in 2020.
  • A Review of Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean (ed. Ryan Szpiech, Fordham, 2015) in Journal of Qur’anic Studies 2017 (p. 132–39).
  • “An Inside Look at Insider Ecclesiology: The Jamā‘at al-Mu’manīn or ‘Assembly of the Believers’ in the Thought of Mazhar al-Mallouhi,” The Southern Baptist Theological Journal. Summer 2016, 75–94.
  • “Is ‘Allah’ God?” The Gospel Coalition, May 12, 2016. Available at: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/ article/is-allah-god.
  • Christian Exegesis of the Qur’ān: A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur’ān in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts. American Society of Missiology Monograph Series vol. 23. Eugene, Oreg.: Pickwick, 2015.
  • 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, The Gospel Coalition, January 31, 2014. Available at: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/conflict_conquest_and_conversion.

Education Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (Southeastern Seminary)
  • 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)