Rabbi David Rudolph (PhD, 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 Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theological Studies 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 moved to South Hamilton, Massachusetts where for three years David studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He completed an MA in Old Testament and an MA in Biblical Languages.
From 2002-2007, David studied under Professor Markus Bockmuehl at Cambridge University (England) where he completed a PhD in New Testament with a specialization in Second Temple Judaism.
From 2008-2011, David served on the faculty at Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) in Los Angeles and worked as Scholar-in-Residence at the MJTI Center for Jewish-Christian Relations. He subsequently served as the Rabbi of Tikvat Israel Messianic Synagogue in Richmond, Virginia, from 2011-2015. In August 2015, David took up his present post as Director of Messianic Jewish Studies and Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at The King's University in Southlake, Texas.
David has published numerous books and articles on the New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and Jewish-Christian relations. His recent publications include A Jew to the Jews: Jewish Contours of Pauline Flexibility in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Second Edition (Pickwick, 2016; Mohr Siebeck, 2011), which won the Franz Delitzsch Prize from the Freie Theologische Akademie in Germany; Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations (Zondervan, 2013; with Joel Willitts); 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, as well as a volume on Luke-Acts with Dr. Mark Kinzer for the New Testament after Supersessionism Series, forthcoming by Cascade. He is also writing an essay on "Introduction to the Pauline Corpus" for The New Oxford Bible Commentary, forthcoming by Oxford University Press.
David and Harumi have been married now for 28 years and they have three daughters: Hana, Elisa and Miryam.