Rabbi David Rudolph (Ph.D., Cambridge University) was born and raised in the Greater Washington, D.C. area where he attended Congregation Beth El, a Conservative synagogue, and Beth Messiah Congregation, a Messianic synagogue. David had a profound encounter with the God of Israel when he was 16 and a junior at Walt Whitman High School. This changed the course of his life.
While studying at Sophia University (Tokyo) in the mid-1980s, David came across a community of Japanese Christians who prayed three times a day for the Jewish people. Their extraordinary love prompted David to ask how much he loved his own people (ahavat Yisrael) and what it meant to be a Messianic Jew.
During this time, David met Harumi, a beautiful Osaka University student who would one day become his wife.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, David completed a B.Th. and M.T.S. at Messiah Biblical Institute (Messiah Yeshiva), a Messianic Jewish seminary founded by Dr. Michael Brown and Rabbi Daniel Juster. After receiving smicha (ordination), he served for six years as the rabbi of Shulchan Adonai Messianic Synagogue in Annapolis, Maryland.
Drawn to elementary and secondary education in the late 1990s, David served as the assistant principal at Ets Chayim School, a Messianic Jewish day school in Rockville, Maryland. While preparing classes, David became aware of the lack of Messianic Jewish voices in the field of New Testament studies and he resolved to help fill this gap.
In 1999, the Rudolph family sold their home and moved to South Hamilton, Massachusetts where for three years David studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He completed an M.A. in Old Testament and an M.A. in Biblical Languages.
From 2002-2007, David studied under Dr. Markus Bockmuehl at Cambridge University (England) where he completed a Ph.D. in New Testament with a specialization in Second Temple Judaism.
In 2008, David joined the faculty at Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) in Los Angeles where he served as director of the School of Jewish Studies and scholar-in-residence at the MJTI Center for Jewish-Christian Relations. From 2006-2011, David served as chair of the Theology Committee of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC).
David has published numerous books and articles on the New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and Jewish-Christian relations. His recent publications include Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations (Zondervan, 2013; with Joel Willitts), A Jew to the Jews: Jewish Contours of Pauline Flexibility in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (Mohr Siebeck, 2011), which won the Franz Delitzsch Prize from the Freie Theologische Akademie in Germany, and Paul's "Rule in all the Churches" (1 Cor 7:17-24) and Torah-Defined Ecclesiological Variegation.
David is currently working with Dr. Joel Willitts and Dr. Justin Hardin on a book entitled The Jewish New Testament: An Introduction to its Jewish Social & Conceptual Context, forthcoming by Eerdmans in 2016.
In 2011, David became the rabbi of Tikvat Israel Messianic Synagogue in Richmond, Virginia. David and Harumi have been married now for 24 years and they have three daughters: Hana, Elisa and Miryam. Hana is a student at Johns Hopkins University.