Dr. Louis Goldberg is the former Professor of Theology and Jewish Studies at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. He received his B.S. from the University of Southern California, a B.D. and Th.M. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.A. from Roosevelt University, and a Th.D. from Grace Theological Seminary. He also completed postdoctoral work in Jewish studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
At the Moody Bible Institute, Dr. Goldberg’s Jewish background provided him with incredible insights into the Old and New Testament texts. Raised in an orthodox Jewish home, Dr. Goldberg held an important place in Christendom for years where he was able to preach, teach, and write from a Messianic perspective. From 1962–1965, he was a professor at Temple Baptist Theological Seminary in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he taught while pastoring local churches. Later, he became a faculty member at the Moody Bible Institute (1965–1994) where he served the local community and fine-tuned his gifting as an expert teacher in the Bible, theology, and world missions. Dr. Goldberg was awarded the prestigious Faculty Citation award from the Moody Bible Institute Alumni Association in 1977, and he spent his summers touring and teaching in the Holy Land and preaching to Jewish congregations around the globe. Following his work at Moody, Dr. Goldberg taught at the Russian Bible Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Goldberg’s research on Judaism and modern Israel studies were recognized globally. In 1968, Israel government invited him to document the Israel people. He spent more than 30 summers interviewing political, social, and religious leaders in an effort to understand and catalogue the Jewish culture. Throughout, Dr. Goldberg maintained a pastor’s heart serving at various churches in Illinois, Iowa, New York, and Tennessee. He was on the advisory board of the American Messianic Fellowship and was the secretary/treasurer of the American Association for Jewish Evangelism. Dr. Goldberg was an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society where he was a frequent speaker and presenter. In 1983, he was honored to serve as the President of ETS. Dr. Goldberg also left an indelible mark on Jews for Jesus, a ministry he served for more than five decades. In 1994, the Jews for Jesus named him Scholar in Residence. Later, upon his death, the ministry renamed its official headquarter’s library in New York City in Dr. Goldberg’s honor. He was officially hailed as a “man of peace” by the Jews for Jesus founder Moshe Rosen.
Dr. Goldberg was an insightful writer that regularly contributed articles to numerous periodicals including several contributions to the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Among the books he penned are Our Jewish Friends, How Jewish Is Christianity? and God, Torah, Messiah.