Department of Ancient
College of Religious Education
Department of Humanities,
Classics, and Comparative Literature
Brigham Young University
Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ANES)
Kennedy Center for International Studies
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It is the Advent and Christmas Season! See my holiday blog for ideas for keeping the holiday focused on Jesus Christ
Announcements and Coming Events
A special colloquium with Marc Brettler, Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University.
Professor Brettler will discuss a pre-circulated paper based on the breakthrough text, The Jewish Annotated New Testament, co-edited with Amy-Jill Levine, (Oxford Univeristy Press, 2012). The lecture will be held at December 4th at 12 pm in the CTH building –Jewel Box at the University of Utah
- Transcripts and video links for this May's presentations at BYU Women's Conference and the New Testament Conference are available below in Recent Addresses and Lectures.
Academic and Professional Background
- Ph.D. in Ancient History and Classics, University of Pennsylvania December 1997, dissertation: “The Family and Property of Livia Drusilla.”
- M.A. in Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania May 1992, thesis: “Fourth Century Marriage, Motherhood, and Power: The Role of Women in the Macedonian Court.”
- B.A. in Classical Greek and Latin, Brigham Young University August 1990, summa cum laude and highest honors
II. Academic Employment History
- Adjunct Research Fellow, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.
- Full-time faculty, Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, Affiliated Faculty, Classics and Ancient History: Fall 2008–present. Specialties: New Testament Studies, especially Johannine Literature, Pauline Epistles, and Luke-Acts; Early Christianity and the Roman World; historical context of the Bible.
- Full-time faculty, Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture, Affiliated Faculty, Classics and Ancient History: Fall 2003–2008
- Full-time faculty, Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History: Winter 1998–Summer 2003. Specialties: Greek and Roman history, Greek and Latin language and grammar, historical authors, women in antiquity.
- Full-time faculty, Instructor: Fall 1994–Fall 1997.
- Part-time faculty, Brigham Young University: Summers of 1991–94.
- Student Instructor, Brigham Young University: Winter and Fall 1989, Spring and Summer 1990.
III. Awards and Honors
- Honors Professor of the Year, 2011
- Susan and Harvey Black Outstanding Publication Award in Ancient Scripture, March 2010.
- Alcuin Fellow, Brigham Young University, 2009–2011 (awarded August 2008)
- University of Pennsylvania: William Penn Fellow; senior writing fellow.
- Brigham Young University: National Merit, Karl G. Maeser, and Hinckley scholar; Eta Sigma Phi (secretary-treasurer, vice president, president); Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
My study of the Infancy Narratives, complete with biblical exposition, detail side bars, art, photographs of Holy Land sites, and musical suggestions.
Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior's Birth, by Eric D. Huntsman (Deseret book, fall 2011). Great for Christmas!
My study of the Passion Narratives, complete with biblical exposition, detail side bars, art, photographs of Holy Land sites, and musical suggestions.
God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior's Lifeby Eric D. Huntsman (Deseret Book, 2011). Consider this for Easter!
- Association of Mormon Letters
- Common Consent
- Times and Seasons
- People of Faith interivew with Carole Mikita on 4/10/11 (fast forward to 4:30 to skip intro newscasts)
An illustrated introduction and overview of the New Testament for Latter-day Saints.
Christ and the World of the New Testament: An Illustrated
Reference for Latter-day Saints by Richard Neitzel
Holzapfel, Eric D. Huntsman, and Thomas A. Wayment (Deseret book
Upcoming Travel and Tours
Holy Land Tour, June 4-13, 2014
- I am excited to be headlining a Holy Land Tour together with Brad Wilcox next year! Jerusalem, Galilee, and other sites connected with the ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus are my favorite places to share and worship. Our buses may fill up fast, so reserve your spot now!
- Consider also the pre-tour option to Jordan, where we will visit Petra, Jerash, and Mount Nebo among other sites.
A new holiday blog, LDS Seasonal Materials, is under construction, starting with Holy Week 2013. Its purpose is to serve as a resource to help individuals and families use the scriptures, traditional customs, art, and music to enrich their celebration of the holidays, focusing them more on the Lord Jesus Christ and his gospel.
Advent and Christmas: see my holiday blog for ideas for keeping the holiday focused on Jesus Christ
Holy Week and Easter
See the Preparing for Easter page on this blog, which has the following links up and running this year:
The Passion Week and the Resurrection
- Palm Sunday: The Triumphal Entry; the Cleansing of the Temple
- Monday: The Marcan Cleansing of the Temple; Teachings in the Temple
- Tuesday: More Teachings in the Temple; the Olivet Discourse
- "Spy" Wednesday: The Anointing in Mark and Matthew; Judas agrees to betray Jesus
- Holy or "Maundy" Thursday: The Last Supper; Farewell Discourses; Gethsemane; Before the Jewish Authorities
- Good Friday: Jesus in the Hands of the Romans; the Crucifixion; the Burial
- Saturday: Jesus in the Spirit World
- Easter Sunday: The Resurrection
Here are links to some other Easter season resources::
- Preparing for Easter: Ideas for Celebrating. Brief article in LDS Living.
- God So Loved the World: A Visual and Audio Message of Easter Peace from Deseret Book
- Mormon Identities episode, Reflections on Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Resurrection: Eric Huntsman further helps us prepare for the Easter season by interviewing Andrew Skinner, a professor of ancient scripture at BYU. He has studied a lot about places like Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Garden Tomb. Listen as he expounds upon the sacredness of these holy places.'
- Mormon Identities episode, Music for the Easter Season: Eric Huntsman hosts Craig Jessop and Andrew Unsworth to talk about Easter music. Get some great ideas and listen to a few examples of music about Christ and the Resurrection. They discuss music written by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as more current songs performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This episode will help you focus your Easter season on the Savior.
- Mormon Identities episode, Preparing for Easter: Guest host Camille Fronk Olson interviews Eric Huntsman for a special holiday episode about the importance of Easter. Eric tells us why Easter is such a meaningful time for him. He always gives great ideas of how individuals, families, and wards can keep Christ at the center of the Easter holiday.
- A Visual Tour of Jerusalem During Holy Week! See the posts in our blog, Huntsmans in the Holy Land, that chronicle our experiences celebrating Easter in 2012. The first post, Holy Week in Jerusalem, introduces the series and has links to all the subsequent posts.
Good Tidings of Great Joy: Huntsman Family Video Christmas Card from Shepherds Field outside of Bethlehem
Advent and Christmas
- "Preparing for a Christ-centered Christmas," LDS Living article
- "Celebrating Advent: Keeping Jesus Christ the Focus of the Season," Deseret News article
- "Glad Tidings of Great Joy' Celebrates the Advent of of the Birth of Christ All Month," Cricket and Seagull interview with Steven Kapp Perry
- Daily Christmas Devotionals about Jesus Christ, as printed in The Deseret News and taken from Good Tidings of Great Joy, 143-147
- Mormon Identities episode, Christmas in the Holy Land: Professor, speaker, and author Andy Skinner reviews the places and events of the first Christmas story in an interview done in Jerusalem.
- Mormon Identities episode, History of Christmas Music: Listen as Mormon Tabernacle Choir organist Richard Elliott and director Ryan Murphy tell us where some of the most beloved Christmas songs came from. Then hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform them in this episode, "The History of Christmas Music."
- Mormon Identities episode, Biblical Christmas: In this episode, Gaye Strathearn, associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU, and Alonzo Gaskill, associate professor of Church history and doctrine and author of The Nativity, join our host, Eric Huntsman, to discuss the biblical story of Christmas. They discuss the similarities and differences between the narratives of Mattew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 and end by focusing on the vital truths that these accounts share with each other and Book of Mormon prophecies of Jesus' birth. Listen to this episode and discover how the scriptural account is sometimes different than the scenes we imagine.
- Mormon Identities episode, Christmas with the Prophets: Join us for this interview with Laura F. Willis, author of Christmas with the Prophets. This interesting, richly illustrated holiday book examines the Christmas traditions and teachings of each President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sister Willis shares some of her favorite and inspiring stories about the prophets, focusing on how they each taught of the importance of our Savior's birth.
Current and Future Teaching Schedule
- ANES 201-001: Introduction to Ancient Near Eastern Studies (MWF 11-11:50 a.m., 213 JSB)
- Hon P 201-001: Biblical and Classical Roots of Western Civilization (MWF 4-4:50 p.m., 250 MRSB)
- Rel A 212-009: New Testament, Acts - Revelation (TTh 8-8:50 a.m., 202 JSB)
Dr. H's YouTube Channel for Hunts on Site video clips, especially:
- Greek History sites
- New Testament sites in Greece and Turkey
- Byzantine favorites in Istanbul
- My favorite, "Whipping the Hellespont!" Get a look at my Indiana Jones Hat and my "whip!"
Huntsmans in the Holy Land
- Our blog from our year in Jerusalem, August 2011-2012
- Mormon Identities episode, Three Generations in the Holy Land: The Ludlow family has had three generations teach BYU students in Jerusalem. Two of them, Victor and Jared, are in Jerusalem right now. They talk about what it's like to teach places and events in the Savior's life while actually being there.
"Mormon Identities” is an Internet radio program about real Latter-day Saints as they live the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in the world today. The gospel shapes our identity and serves as a common thread in the other factors that help define who we are. We will explore these factors in episodes dealing with topics about our community and culture; scripture and doctrine; and life experiences and challenges. Mormon Identities is hosted by author Eric Huntsman, Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. Please join us each week as we invite experts and rank-and-file members of the Church to talk with us about what it means to be a Latter-day Saint in the twenty-first century.
Music and Mormons: “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads” (Doctrine and Covenants 25:12). Listen as Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, expounds on some of the most beloved hymns of the Latter-day Saints. You’ll also hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing hymns about the Restoration, the gospel, and our Savior.
Other Episodes of Interest
- How Latter-day Saints Perceive Christ through the Art of Carl Bloch: For most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the paintings of Carl Bloch are a familiar sight both in our literature and in our Church buildings. In this episode we talk to Dawn Pheysey, curator of religious art at the BYU Museum of Art, and Rita Wright, a museum educator also from BYU, about how Latter-day Saints perceive Christ through the art of Carl Bloch.
- My Best Day Yet: George Durrant: "Speaker, storyteller author George Durrant shares how we can have a positive outlook on life and make every day our "best day so far." His charm and wit will brighten anyone's day as he truly realizes the importance of every human soul.
- A Temple Forged Identity: "President M. Richard Walker and his wife, Kathleen H. Walker, call in to the Mormon Channel studio from England, to talk about creating a temple-forged identity. He is currently presiding over the England Missionary Training Center. Before that, they served as president and matron of the Salt Lake Temple. They tell us how we can get the most out of our temple experience."
- Living with Cancer: "Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Marilyn Huntsman recovered fully from skin cancer but is now suffering from her second bout with breast cancer. Her husband died from cancer of the liver, stomach, kidney, and colon. Angel Randall has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. But neither Angel nor Marilyn lets cancer stop them from living. Angel just published her first children's book. Marilyn continues to serve in the temple and to serve her family and her community. They join oncologist Steve Wallentine to talk about what spiritual and physical help is available for cancer patients. Doctor Wallentine explains how the gospel brings his patients comfort, having witnessed firsthand how Christ takes upon Him the "pains and the sicknesses of His people."
- Autism: Few life challenges strike parents more deeply than disabilities or struggles faced by their children. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are becoming more and more common in the Church, as they are in the general population. Join us for this episode as Tina Dyches, a professor of counseling psychology and special education; Robyn Anderson, a private therapist and resource coordinator; and Elaine Huntsman, the mother of a son with autism; talk about the challenges---and joys---of raising and working with special-needs children. Listen also as they discuss how wards can support families in their efforts.
"Miraculous Signs in the Gospel of John: Revealing the Divine Jesus." BYU New Testament Commentary Conference, May 2013. Video Link.
"'Follow Thou Me,' Discipleship in the New Testament Gospels." Transcript of the May 2013 Women's Conference presentation with Camille Fronk Olson.
"'Whether by My Voice or the Voice of My Servants, It Is the Same' The King James Bible and the Doctrine and Covenants" for the King James and the Restoration Symposium. Church News summary.
“Jesus on Jesus: John 5 and 7,” presented to the Exploring Mormon Scriptural Theology Conference, sponsored by the Richard L. Evans Chair, at Brigham Young University, October 4, 2010.
“Nibley and Classical Scholarship,” presented as part of The Neal A. Maxwell Institute’s Hugh Nibley series, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on March 18, 2010.
“The Unveiling of Christ and of Angels: Apocalyptic Mediation in The Book of Revelation,” read for LDS Readings of the Book of Revelation, sponsored by the Mormon Theology Seminar and the Interfaith Council of Austin at the University of Texas at Austin, September 25, 2009. podcast
"Render Unto Caesar the Things
Which are Caesar's, unto God the Things That Are God's: The Life
and Times of Jesus Christ," presentation at BYU Women's
Conference, May 2, 2008.
"The Lamb of God: Unique Insights of John on the Atoning
Sacrifice," Easter Conference, Brigham Young University, April
"Gethsemane and the Trial," Beholding Salvation Lecture
Series, Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, March 14, 2007.
Transcript. Also an Audio CD by Deseret Book, 2007.
“And the Word Was Made Flesh: LDS Exegesis of the Blood and Water Imagery in John,” at the SBL National Convention in Washington, D.C., in November 2006.
Occasional Nature, Composition, and Style of the Pauline
Epistles, Sperry Symposium Lecture, October 2006.
The Messages of the New Testament Gospels: The Unique
Perspectives of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, Education Week, August 2006 (Tu22-F25Aug,
Other Items of Possible Interest
Expertise and Interests
- New Testament Studies, particularly Johannine Writings, Pauline Epistles, and Luke-Acts, and the Ministry and Atonement of Christ in the New Testament Gospels
- Koine and New Testament Greek
- Greek and Roman history and Classical literature
- Early Christianity and the Roman World
- Women in Classical Antiquity, including Livia Drusilla, the emperor Augustus' wife
Religious Education Courses
Rel A 121 Introduction to the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi
through Alma 29)
Rel A 122 Introduction to the Book of Mormon (Alma 30 through
Rel A 211 The New Testament (Gospels)
Rel A 212 The New Testament (Acts, the Epistles, and the Apocalypse)
Rel A 301 Old Testament
Rel A 302 Old Testament
Rel A 314 Historical Background of the Bible
Ancient Near Eastern Studies Courses (ANES): New Testament Greek and Koine Literature
The ANES program, with tracks
in Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament, prepares students for graduate work in biblical and religious studies
P 100 : Late Summer Honors - "The
Letters of Paul" and "The Lamb and the Lion: The Writings of John"
Honrs 201 The Biblical and Classical Roots of Western
Courses in Classical Studies and Ancient History
Introduction to Greek and Roman Literature (Basic Classics)
ClCv 201 The Classical Tradition
Greek and Roman Mythology
The Golden Age of Greece
ClCv 246 The Golden Age of Rome
Greek History Survey
Roman History Survey
Senior Seminar in Greek and Roman history: topics taught include
and Fall of Athens , the
, and Imperial
and 201 Accelerated Beginning and Intermediate Latin
Latin Prose: Cicero and Sallust
Suetonius and Latin Biography
Selected Publications, Presentations, and
Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior's Birth. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011.
"The King James Bible and the Doctrine and Covenants,” pages 182–96 in The King James Bible and the Restoration. Edited by Kent P. Jackson. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011.
God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior's Life. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011
"Glad Tidings of Great Joy," Ensign (December 2010), 52-57.
“The Roman World outside of Judea,” pages 97–116 in The Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles: From the Day of Pentecost to the Apocalypse. Edited by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010.
“The Impact of Gentile Conversions in the Greco-Roman World,” pages 80–96 in The Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles: From the Day of Pentecost to the Apocalypse. Edited by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010.
“Imperial Cult and the Beasts of Revelation,” with Cecilia M. Peek, pages 221–249 in The Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles: From the Day of Pentecost to the Apocalypse. Edited by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010.
“The Six Antitheses: Attaining the Purpose of the Law,” pages 93–109 in The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture. Edited by Gaye Strathearn, Thomas A. Wayment, and Daniel L. Belnap. The 39th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010.
“Livia Before Octavian,” Ancient Society 39 (2009), 121–169.
“And the Word Was Made Flesh: An LDS Exegesis of the Blood and Water Imagery in John,” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 1 (2009), 51–65.
on the Savior's Last Week," Ensign (April 2009),
"Your Faith Should Not Stand in the Wisdom of Men. Greek
Philosophy, Corinthian Behavior, and the Teachings of Paul,"
pages 67-97 in The New Testament Brought to Light: Latter-day
Saint Insights into Acts through Revelation. Edited by Ray
L. Huntington, David M. Whitchurch, and Frank F. Judd, Jr.
Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, 2009.
Review of Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation: The
Beginning of Our Religious Traditions. BYU Studies 47.2 (2008), 142-47.
"The Lamb of God: Unique Aspects of the Passion Narrative in John," pages 49-70 in Behold the Lamb of God: The Fourth
Annual BYU Religious Education Easter Conference. Edited by
Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Frank F. Judd, Jr., and Thomas A.
Wayment. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, 2008.
Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament: An Illustrated
Reference for Latter-day Saints, with Richard Neitzel Holzapfel
and Thomas A. Wayment. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, September 2006.
"The Occasional Nature, Composition, and Structure of the Pauline Epistles," Pages 190-207 in How The New Testament
Came to Be. Edited by Kent P. Jackson et al. The 35th
Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Salt
Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006.
"The Bread of Life Sermon" in From the Transfiguration through the
Triumphal Entry, edited by Richard N. Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment.
The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, vol. 2. Salt Lake City: Deseret
Book, March 2006.
Presentation at the 2006 Easter Conference, BYU.; revised,
pages 87-112 in Celebrating Easter. Edited by
Thomas A. Wayment and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel. Provo:
Religious Studies Center, 2006.
"Teaching through Exegesis: Helping Students Ask Questions of the
Text," Religious Educator 6.1 (Winter 2005).
"Galilee and the Call of the Apostles," in From Bethlehem to the
Sermon on the Mount, edited by Richard N. Holzapfel and Thomas A.
Wayment. The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, vol. 1. Salt Lake
City: Deseret Book, 2005.
Magdalene: Biblical Enigma," Original
presentation: February 25, 2004 as part of the Museum of Art lecture
series Mystery, Metaphor, and Meaning: LDS Perspectives on The Da Vinci
Code; Revised presentation: May 26, 2004, KBYU Studios; electronically published by
Meridian Magazine, June 14-15, 2004.
"Christ Before the Romans," in From the Last
Supper Through the Resurrection: The Savior's Final Hours, edited by Richard N. Holzapfel
and Thomas A. Wayment. The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, vol. 3.
Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003.
Meaning: The Ara Pacis Augustae and the Teaching of Roman History," Interdisciplinary
Humanities 15.1 (Spring 1998), 62-76.
"The Reliability of Josephus: Can He Be Trusted?," Masada
and the World of the New Testament. BYU Studies 36.3 (1996-7)
"And They Cast
Lots: Divination, Democracy, and Josephus," Masada and the World of
the New Testament. BYU Studies 36.3 (1996-7) 365-377.
Education Week 2008
"From Palm Sunday through Easter Morning: A
Reflection on the Gospel Accounts of Jesus' Last Week"
Monday, August 18, 3228 WSC
"Toward a Greater Understanding of Paul"
Tuesday-Friday, August 19-22, W-111 BNSN, 12:30-1:25
"My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord: Early
Christian Hymns in the New Testament" Tuesday-Friday,
August 19-22, W-111 BNSN 4:30-5:25 p.m.
Education Week, August 2007
Late Summer Honors 2008
- Hon P 100, The Lamb and The Lion: The Revelation of
Jesus Christ in the Writings of John
- Th21Aug, 2-3:30 p.m.:
Gospel of John. Introduction---John the Theologian;
John 1 and the Logos Hymn
- F22Aug, 9-12:00:
The Book of Signs. From Cana to Cana,
Jesus and the Feasts of the Jews 1,
and the Feasts of the Jews 2, Before the Gospel:
Theories on Johannine Community Origins
- Sa23Aug, 9-12:00:
Jesus and the Feasts of the Jews 3, Lazarus;
The Last Supper;
John's Farewell Discourses (see
Rel 211 lecture 25 and Intercessory Prayer slides
Ed Week Johannine Hymns and Prayers)
- Making Sense of Brown," ongoing (i.e. periodically
updated) summary of The Community of the Beloved
- M25Aug, 9-12:00: The Passion of the Lamb of God (Rel
28; Ed Week
Preparation of the Priest and Sacrifice and
Death of the Lamb of God); The Resurrection and the
Life (Rel 211
lecture 29; Ed Week
Rising with Healing in His Wings);
The Johannine Epistles
- Tu26Aug, 1:30-4:30:
Apocalyptic Literature and the Revelation of John;
First Visionary Experience
- W27Aug, 9:00-10:30:
Further "Portents in Heaven."
- Pick you passage and start thinking about it now.
Look at these "Getting
Started Instructions," then when it is time to write,
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