Is Ronald Youngblood a dispensationalist?

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Josh | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Mar 3 2013 2:03 PM

Is Ronald F. Youngblood, the author of The Heart of the Old Testament, a dispensationalist?

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 4 2013 4:43 PM

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 4 2013 5:13 PM

Hello Josh, I don't know much about him.  I have searched the internet and I didn't see anything regarding dispensationalism.  At http://www.harpercollins.ca/authors/90002607/Ronald_F_Youngblood/index.aspx?authorID=90002607  I found this biography of him. 

Dr. Ronald Youngblood is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BA), Fuller
Theological Seminary (BD), and the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate
Learning (PhD). He has served as professor of Old Testament at Bethel Seminary
in St. Paul, Wheaton Graduate School, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and
Bethel Seminary in San Diego, and is currently serving in the same capacity at
International College and Graduate School in Honolulu. He is an associate editor
of the NIV Study Bible; author of 1 and 2 Samuel in the Expositor's Bible
Commentary series; and a co-translator and co-editor of the Holy Bible, New
International Version. He has also edited and/or written ten other volumes,
including Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, for which he was awarded
the Gold Medallion Book Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers
Association. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of International
Bible Society and frequently engages in preaching and teaching ministries at
home and abroad.

Based on what I have read regarding him I would guess that he is not a dispensationalist though I could be wrong there. 

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 4 2013 6:32 PM

I too did research hoping I could help out but found nothing useful. I did find information he took a historic perspective in one of the commentaries he did. I know he was on the Translation team for the NIV and One of the Editors of the NIV Study Bible. I did not notice any school strongly associated with with Dispensationalism like the DTS.

-Dan 

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 5 2013 5:34 AM

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School require their professors to be pre-mill. I don't know if that leaves room for dispensationalism.

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 5 2013 6:21 AM

Mark Barnes:

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School require their professors to be pre-mill. I don't know if that leaves room for dispensationalism.

I think it would. Far as I know, the Left Behind series is both pre-mill & dispensationalist.

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davidphillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 5 2013 7:25 AM
All dispensationalists are pre-mill, not all who are pre-mill are dispensationalists.
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elnwood | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 5 2013 7:44 AM

It does leave room. Wayne Grudem was on faculty at TEDS and given tenure, and he is a non-dispensational premillennialist.

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 5 2013 7:07 PM

Thanks guys. I was having trouble finding information on this too. I was hoping someone here might know more.


I know he is a deacon at College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego, California. They are affiliated with the Baptist General Conference. Does anyone know if they have dispensational connections?

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elnwood | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 5 2013 7:24 PM

I know people who go there, and I go to another BGC church in the San Diego area. It's a moderately conservative large Baptist church, so I'm sure there are some dispensationalists there, but it doesn't strike me as being as ardently dispensationalist, as many other churches in San Diego are.

The BGC is broadly evangelical, and includes some conservatives (John Piper, Wayne Grudem), some moderates (Millard Erickson), and some liberals (Gregory Boyd). The BGC doesn't really have strong dispensational connections, but I'm sure there are dispensationalists in the BGC.

Sorry, I know that doesn't really answer your question.

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 11 2013 7:37 PM

I e-mailed Youngblood through his publisher. When (if) I get a response I'll post it.

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elnwood | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 3 2014 11:12 AM

Josh:

I e-mailed Youngblood through his publisher. When (if) I get a response I'll post it.

Did you ever get a response?

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Ronald E. Cuny | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2020 11:52 AM

I studied under Ronald Youngblood (1968-1972) at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul Minnesota; earning both a MDiv., and M.Th. in Old Testament before completing my doctorate at Indiana University.  In my many conversations with Dr. Youngblood I would say unequivocally he was not a dispensationalist. 

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Ronald E. Cuny | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2020 11:57 AM

Dr. Ronald Youngblood, an outstanding scholar and friend, passed away July 14, 2014.

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