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Richard N. Holzapfel

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Department: Church History

Title: Professor

Office: 210G JSB

Phone number: (801) 422-3385

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Bio: Dr. Holzapfel attended BYU, Hebrew Union College, and the University of California, Irvine (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.) emphasizing in Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish History, Ancient History, American History, and Nineteenth Century American Religious History. He married Jeni Broberg in 1978 and is the father of five children. Richard came to BYU as an assistant professor in 1993, teaching in the Church History, Ancient Scripture, and History departments, including the Honors sections of the Doctrine and Covenants and New Testament. He taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center from 1997 through 1998. Dr. Holzapfel currently serves as the Publications Director of the "Religious Educator," a publication of the Religious Studies Center at BYU. In addition to teaching and filling various committee assignments at BYU, Richard continues a heavy research, writing, and publication agenda.

Courses Taught: Doctrine and Covenants, New Testament, Honors 240 American Society and Government

Areas of Expertise: Ancient, Latter-day Saint, Utah, and Western history

Areas of Research: Historical and cultural background of the New Testament; The Life and travels of Paul, the apostle; Mormon and Utah photographs; Ancient and Modern Temple Worship; Local and Utah State history

Languages: Conversational Italian, academic reading of Italian, Latin, Biblical Greek and Hebrew