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Dan Belnap

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Department: Ancient Scripture

Title: Associate Professor

Office: 316G JSB

Phone number: (801) 422-8670

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Bio: Born in Coeur d'Alene Idaho, raised in Pocatello, ID and Sandy, UT.  Served full-time mission in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Mission.  Married Erin Pinney in 1997 and currently have four children: Emma, Jack, Samuel and Tabitha.  Received B.A. in International Relations from BYU; M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from BYU; M.A. and Ph.D. in Northwest Semitics from the University of Chicago.  Worked as a part-time instructor before becoming an Assistant Professor in 2007.  

Courses Taught: Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament, Pearl of Great Price, Teachings of the Living Prophets (Ancient Scripture); Intro. to Biblical Methodologies, Intro. to Ancient Near Eastern Texts, ANES Capstone (ANES)

Area of Expertise: Hebrew Bible, Ugaritic studies, Ritual studies

Areas of Research: Cultural and sociological influences in the Book of Mormon; Use of ritual in ancient and contemporary contexts; Doctrines of ascension and theosis in ancient Near East and Late Antiquity; comparative cosmologies

Languages: Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Ugaritic, German, French, and a little Greek (all reading)