Dr. Michael Rydelnik is Professor of Jewish Studies at the Moody Bible Institute where he has taught since 1994 and the host of Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York. Michael trusted in Jesus the Messiah in high school and has been serving the Jewish community since then. A sought after speaker and teacher, Michael is a biblical scholar specializing in the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish people, the land of Israel, and biblical prophecy.
Michael can be heard answering listener Bible questions every Saturday morning from 9-11 AM (Central Time), on Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik and on Wednesday mornings at 7:15 A.M on WMBI-FM [90.1 FM Moody Radio Chicago]. He is a Resource Scholar for RBC Ministries and appears frequently on the Day of Discovery TV programs. He recently appeared in the Lee Strobel film The Case for Christ. Michael also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Dallas Theological Seminary and Talbot School of Theology.
He is the author of Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict: What the Headlines Haven‘t Told You (Moody Publishers) and The Messianic Hope: Is the Old Testament Really Messianic (B&H Publishers). He has contributed to numerous books, scholarly journals and magazines. Michael is also the co-editor of the soon to be published Moody Bible Commentary, a one-volume commentary on the whole Bible written by the faculty of the Moody Bible Institute. He served on the translation team of the new Holman CSB version of the Bible and has contributed to both the Apologetics Study Bible (Holman) and the Holman Study Bible.
He graduated in Jewish Studies from the Moody Bible Institute, earned his B.A. degree from Azusa Pacific University, his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Trinity International University . Michael and his wife, Eva (an adjunct faculty member at Moody, teaching literature and Jewish Culture) live in a historic Jewish Chicago neighborhood that also is the city's most diverse community. Israel is their favorite place in the world and they enjoy showing people the Land as often as possible. Michael and Eva like Hollywood classics, literature and hiking with their two collies, Feivel and Darby (especially in the Adirondacks) . The Rydelniks have two wonderful adult sons--who call and write all the time.