Fred E. Young

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Fred E. Young (April 6 1919 – June 6 2005) was an American biblical scholar who served as professor of Old Testament studies and dean at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He is noted as the author of the Kansas Qumran Bibliographic Project, a collection of everything written on or about the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Early life and education[edit]

Young was born in Watsontown, Pennsylvania, but lived more than fifty years in the Kansas City area.[1] After graduating from Practical Bible Training School (1939)[2] and William Jewell College (1947), he earned his Ph.D. from Dropsie College in Hebrew studies and ancient languages.[1]


Young served on the translation team for the original New American Standard Bible,[3] and as interim pastor in at least 15 congregations in Kansas.[4][1] He retired in 1988 after 33 years as professor and dean at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Young is probably most well known for his efforts during his retirement years to catalog every book, article, or news story ever written about the Dead Sea Scrolls.[5][6] He was also noted as a prolific traveler, having visiting more than 200 countries during his lifetime.[7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ a b c "The Rev. Dr. Fred E. Young". William Jewell College. 
  2. ^ "The Alumni Connection". Davis College. 
  3. ^ "New American Standard Bible - Translators of the NASB". 
  4. ^ "History of Grace Baptist Church". 
  5. ^ Silberman, Neil Asher (1994). The hidden scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, & the war for the Dead Sea scrolls. G.P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN 0-399-13982-6. 
  6. ^ Kapera, Zdzisław Jan (2006). "The Reverend Dr. Fred E. Young (1919-2005): An Unbeatable Bibliographer and Unforgettable Collector of Qumran literature". Qumran Chronicle 13 (2-4): 125–134. 
  7. ^ Fetzer, Jeff (Nov 19, 1988). "Globe-circling pastor zeros in on Kansas". St. Petersburg Times. 
  8. ^ Fetzer, Jeff (Oct 22, 1988). "Traveler covers most of world". Kentucky New Era. 
  9. ^ "Traveler has seen two-thirds of world". Times Daily. Nov 14, 1988. 
  10. ^ "Inveterate traveler has seen most of the world". Record-Journal. Oct 24, 1988.