Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



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TEDS Faculty Since 1998

K. Lawson Younger, Jr., PhD

Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History


BA, ThB, Florida Bible College
ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary
PhD, Sheffield University


K. Lawson Younger, Jr. (PhD. Sheffield University) is Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois.

A specialist in Assyriology, Aramaic, and Hebrew Bible, Younger has published a number of works involving ancient Near Eastern texts and their relationship to the Hebrew Bible.

Selected Publications

He is the author of Ancient Conquest Accounts: A Study of Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical History Writing (1990), Judges, Ruth (2002), A Political History of the Arameans: From their Origins to the End of Their Polities (2016), associate editor of the three-volume The Context of Scripture: Canonical Compositions, Monumental Inscriptions and Archival Documents from the Biblical World (Brill), editor of volume 4 of The Context of Scripture: Supplements (2016), editor of Ugarit at Seventy-Five (2007), and co-editor of The Canon in Comparative Perspective (1991), and Mesopotamia and the Bible: Comparative Explorations (2002).

He has also contributed to numerous collections of essays, dictionaries and journals.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

He is a past trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research, as well as an active member of the American Oriental Society, the International Association of Assyriology, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Among his many scholarly papers, he has given lectures at the British Academy, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Pergamon museum, Berlin, Germany). He was the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem (2012–13). He is presently writing a book on Aramean Religion.

Dr. Younger has been honored with the following:

  • Rotary Foundation Fellow at the Hebrew University
  • Tyndale House Fellow at Cambridge University
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow at Yale University.


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