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May Young

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies; Program Director, Biblical Studies

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  • PhD, Theological Studies: Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2015)
  • MDiv, Masters of Divinity, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2007)
  • BA, History of Art and Architecture, University of Illinois (1992)

Career Highlights

My research interest is in the area of lament. In the past few years, I have had the privilege to teach on this topic in various settings, including internationally. I have written several chapters in upcoming volumes: (“Lament: a Journey from Pain to Praise”  in A Praying People: Essays on Prayer in Honor of D. L. Moody  Round Top Press, Forthcoming 2022 ; “The Art of Lament” in Psalms—Exploring Theological Themes: Studies in Scripture and Biblical Theology (SSBT). Lexham Press, Forthcoming; “Asking God Tough Questions: The Use of Interrogatives in Habakkuk’s First Chapter” in World Christianity and COVID-19: Discourses and Perspective. Routledge Pub., Forthcoming.

I will also be writing my own book on this topic: Recovering Biblical Lament, InterVarsity Academic Press, forthcoming 2023, as well as commentary on the book of Lamentations with the Pillar Commentary series, forthcoming 2029. I have also had the privilege to contribute to the Abide Bible Project, as well as an upcoming Every Woman’s Bible.


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.

Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor

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!