About David Wharton

David Wharton offers a unique perspective and keen insight to his students at the Institute of Hebraic Studies. His experiences living in Israel during a major war, studies at Multnomah School of the Bible, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate Languages, and travel through foreign countries, have combined to make David a dynamic speaker who is both knowledgeable about Middle Eastern politics and culture and passionate about Israel and the Hebrew Bible, a rare blend that has delighted his students for years.

David received his Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Greek from Multnomah School of the Bible, studying with Dr. Gary Staats and Edward W. Goodrick, whom David credits with imparting a deep interest in the original languages of the Bible.

As part of his undergraduate degree at Multnomah, David opted for a year of foreign study at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem with the late Dr. Douglas Young and others, including the late Prof. Shmuel Safrai. On the eve of David’s departure for his studies in Jerusalem, the Yom Kippur War broke out. Despite his family’s pleas to abandon his plans, David left for Israel, stranded mid-point at the Rome airport, his TWA flight cancelled. Eventually, David was one of the last four that boarded the first El-Al flight bound for Israel after the war started and stepped into history in the making. Little did he know that what began as a trip to gain a better understanding of history turned out to be a life-changing experience, where his encounter with the present reality of Israel began to shape what he now calls a Hebraic perspective.

Of particular significance were David’s volunteer activities at the Ein-Karem Hadassah hospital, where he teamed up with a Russian immigrant, transporting injured IDF soldiers.

There were times during his first stay in Israel that David had an unexplainable empirical sense to become one with the Jewish people.

David returned to Israel on two other occasions, the first for a summer language course at Ulpan Etzion, and the second, for two academic years at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, studying Talmud with Dr. Rabbi Pesach Schindler, Second Temple and Tannaitic Periods with Isaiah M. Gafni, and New Testament and Early Christianity with the late Prof. David Flusser and Chana Safrai.

David pursued his graduate degree at Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate Languages in Philadelphia, earning his Master’s in Rabbinic Literature, and completing residency requirements for his PhD, studying with the late Dr. Baruch Bokser and Dr. David M. Goldenberg.

David has also studied with Dr. Bruce Metzger at Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. F.F. Bruce at Regent College, and Frances Schaeffer, at L’Abri in Europe. With the help of Dr. Marvin Wilson, David served on staff at the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies with Dwight Pryor, and later, with Bridges for Peace, The Ezra Institute for Biblical Studies, and the Institute for a Hebraic Perspective, before continuing the journey with the founding of The Institute of Hebraic Studies, where he presently teaches.

David is a member of Agudas Achim, a conservative synagogue in Austin, Texas.