Norm Young

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Norman H. Young
Born 1938
Occupation Protestant, Seventh-day Adventist Theologian

Norman Hugh Young (1938—) is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian theologian and New Testament scholar. He recently[when?] retired as senior lecturer at Avondale College in New South Wales, Australia.


Norm was born in 1938, the son of an Australian soldier killed in the New Guinea campaign of World War II. Young trained as a fitter and turner before becoming an Adventist in early adulthood and training for the ministry at Avondale College. He later completed doctoral studies under the celebrated biblical scholar F. F. Bruce. His Ph.D. thesis entitled The Impact of the Jewish Day of Atonement upon the New Testament (Manchester, U.K.) was submitted in 1973.[1]

He has described himself as a "reluctant participant" at the Glacier View meeting in 1980, in which his friend, Adventist theologian Desmond Ford's ministerial credentials were removed following his rejection of the investigative judgment doctrine.[2]

In the 1980s Young became a vocal supporter of Australian Adventist Lindy Chamberlain who had been wrongly convicted of killing her daughter Azaria. He was later to publish an account of the struggle to have the Chamberlain conviction overturned.[3] He presented a paper at the Chamberlain Case Symposium in 2005, describing the support the Adventist church provided to the Chamberlain family during the trial. Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton described Young as a close friend.[4]

Young retired as a senior lecturer from Avondale College in the 2000s. Since his retirement Young has served as the chairperson of the Avondale College Foundation, an independent fund-raising organization which supports Avondale College. He remains an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of Avondale.[5]


  • Syntax List for Students of New Testament Greek, supplement to John Wenham's highly acclaimed The Elements of New Testament Greek
  • Azaria: The Religion Factor (1984)
  • Rebuke and Challenge: The Point of Jesus Parables (Washington, DC: Review and Herald, September 1985). ISBN 0-8280-0286-X
  • Innocence Regained: The Fight to Free Lindy Chamberlain (Annandale, Federation Press, 1989).
  • Contributor to: The Essential Jesus: The Man, His Message, His Mission (book website)


  • 'Who's Cursed and Why? (Galatians 3.10-14)', Journal of Biblical Literature, 117:1 (1998) 79-92.
  • 'An Aristophanic Contrast to Philippians 2.6-7', New Testament Studies, 45 (1999) 153-155.
  • 'Bearing his Reproach (Hebrews 13.9-14)', New Testament Studies, 48:2 (2002) 243-261.

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  1. ^ As cited in Paul Ellingworth, The Epistle to the Hebrews (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1993), xcviii
  2. ^ Norm Young, "A reluctant participant looks back at Glacier View". Adventist Today 2006, v14, Nov-Dec, p8-9,7
  3. ^ N. Young, Innocence Regained: The Fight to Free Lindy Chamberlain (Annandale, Federation Press[1], 1989).
  4. ^ Blyde, Braden (2005-09-24). "Former lecturer speaks at Chamberlain symposium" (PDF). Record. Warburton, Victoria: Signs Publishing Company. 109 (37): 5. ISSN 0819-5633. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Faculty of Theology" section of the Avondale Handbook. Accessed 2009-01-30

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