J. Scott Bridger

Program Director of Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry and 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.
  • 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 Lecturer in Intercultural Studies, Nazareth Evangelical College, Nazareth, Israel
  • 2005–2006 Graduate Assistant for Dr. John Feinberg, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois


  • “Early Christian Exegesis of the Qur’an” in Christian Commentary on the Qur’an (ed. Gordon Nickel, forthcoming 2018 by Zondervan)
  • 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” SBJT 20:2 (p. 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. Eugene, Oreg.: Pickwick, 2015.
  • “Missiological Method,” co-authored with Bruce Ashford in Missiology: An Introduction by John Mark Terry. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2015, 31–40.
  • “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:http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/conflict_conquest_and_conversion.
  • “What is Shariah Law?,” Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, November 4, 2013. Available at:http://www.baptistmessenger.com/the-worldview-of-islam-muslim-beliefs-practices/#shariah.
  • “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.


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)