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Shon Hopkin

Department Chair
Ancient Scripture

375A JSB - Brigham Young University


Born in Denton, Texas, as the son of Lorraine Hopkin and Arden Hopkin, Shon Hopkin attended Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Orem High School. He received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Brigham Young University in Near Eastern Studies with a focus on Hebrew Bible. He received a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in Hebrew studies with a focus on medieval Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish literature. Before coming to Brigham Young University, he taught in Seminaries and Institutes for four years at Timpview High School (1997–2001), four years at Provo High School (2001–5), and six years at the Austin Institute of Religion (2006–11). At BYU he has served as Chair of the Book of Mormon Academy and Chair of the BYU Religious Outreach Council. He is one of the principal organizers of the ongoing Jewish & Latter-day Saint Academic Interfaith Dialogue project. He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books and articles on Isaiah, the Hebrew Bible, Latter-day Saint beliefs, and medieval literature, including Opening Isaiah: A Harmony (with Ann Madsen); Abinadi: He Came Among them in Disguise (edited, Book of Mormon Academy); Mormonism: A Guide for the Perplexed (with Robert Millet, as part of Bloomberg Press’ Guide for the Perplexed series); and the forthcoming Understanding Your Neighbor: Judaism (with Rabbi Mark Diamond, as part of the Widtsoe Foundation’s series). He and his wife have four children and one grandchild.

Classes taught: Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament, Isaiah, Pearl of Great Price, Book of Mormon for Non-Members

Research interests: Judaism and Islam, Medieval cultures and literature, biblical studies, religions of the world

Languages: Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic

Other interests and hobbies: teaching and directing in the Especially for Youth program; interfaith dialogue; BYU and University of Texas sports programs; basketball; home improvement projects; reading, reading, and reading

Research Interests

Hebrew Bible/biblical studies
Medieval Judaism & Islam
Book of Mormon
Interfaith relations

Teaching Interests

Old Testament
New Testament
Book of Mormon
Pearl of Great Price


  • Ph.D., Hebrew Studies , Medieval Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish Literature, University of Texas at Austin (2011)
  • M.A., Near Eastern Studies , Hebrew Bible, Brigham Young University (2002)
  • B.S., Near Eastern Studies , Hebrew Bible, Brigham Young University (1997)

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award for Opening Isaiah: A Harmony, with Ann Madsen, BYU Religious Education and the Religious Studies Center (2019 - 2019)

Administrative Assignments

  • Ancient Scripture: Department Chair (2020 - Present)


  • American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (2015 - Present)
  • Medieval Academy of America (2011 - Present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (2009 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Committee/Council Member, Society of Biblical Literature, Latter-day Saints and the Bible (2018 - 2022)

Courses Taught


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