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May Young

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies; Program Director, Biblical Studies

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biblical hebrew biblical lament biblical poetry and wisdom historic christian belief lamentations old testament hebrew prophets old testament literature and history preaching the old testament


  • PhD, Theological Studies: Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MDiv, Masters of Divinity, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • BA, History of Art and Architecture, University of Illinois

Career Highlights


  • Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at Taylor University, 2021
  • Genie Lau Memorial Award 2014, which is awarded to a TEDS student who has a record of excellence in biblical studies with a commitment to service in the church.
  • Merit Scholar, Departmental of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2007-2009.

Professional Editorial Work/Board Membership

  • Board Member of Institute for Biblical Research (IBR), Director of Unscripted Session, June 2021-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Sacred Roots, Fall 2018–present
  • Editorial Board Member, Trinity Journal, Fall 2010–Spring 2012

Upcoming Work

  • Lamentations Commentary for the Pillar Old Testament Commentary Series. Wm. B. Eerdmans, Forthcoming 2029
  • Recovering Biblical Lament. InterVarsity Academic Press, Forthcoming 2024

Previous Work/Publications

“YHWH” Bible Odyssey, 2023

“The Art of Lament” in Psalms-Exploring Theological Themes: Studies in Scripture and Biblical Theology (SSBT). Lexham Press, February 2023

“Lament: A Journey from Pain to Praise” in A Praying People: Essays on Prayer in Honor of D. L. Moody. Wipf and Stock, Forthcoming 2023

“Asking God Tough Questions: The Use of Interrogatives in Habakkuk’s First Chapter” in World Christianity And COVID-19: Discourses and Perspective. Routledge Pub., 2021

Nine Bible book Introduction for Abide Bible Project (Nov 2018)

“Response to Being Good Pharisees: The Joy of Inauthentic Community” published in Christian Higher Education, Volume 17, 2018

Book Review: The Message of Lamentations: The Bible Speaks Today, by Christopher J. H. Wright. Dec 2015

Book Review: Lamentations: The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary, by Robin A. Parry. Trinity Journal 32 (Spring 2011): 98-100.

Lexham Bible Dictionary. Contributing entries on “Timnath Heres,” “Wadi Amud,” “Tell Qiri,” “Eynan,” and “Ubeidyia.”


Teaching the Old Testament and theology continues to be a privilege! Since my earlier years in high school, God had put a desire in my heart to learn more about Scripture and His work in the world. This passion continued to grow as I attended college and served in different churches and campus ministries. After graduating from college, I worked as a research consultant in the corporate world for over a decade. I began my master's studies while working and quit my full time job when I felt the Lord call me to pursue my doctorate. God’s call to Taylor was clear after I graduated from my PhD studies. Currently, I have the joy of teaching students about the Old Testament, Historic Christian Belief, and Biblical Hebrew Grammar.

I love teaching at Taylor because I wholeheartedly support the mission to develop servant-leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love, grace, and truth to a world in need. I believe my calling is to help integrate biblical faith and learning within the hearts of my students. Each and every one of my students are so amazing and I am truly blessed by how the Lord has led them to Taylor and how He continues to mature and grow them. It is truly a joy and privilege to see growth and development taking place in and outside of the classroom. Getting to know my students on a more personal level and sharing meals/coffee and conversations have been some of my most precious memories!