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Shon Hopkin

Department Chair
Ancient Scripture

316 L JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

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

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
Isaiah

Education

  • Ph.D., Hebrew Studies , Medieval Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish Literature, institution ( 2011-01-01 - 2011-12-31 )

Administrative Assignments

  • Ancient Scripture: Department Chair, 2020-01-01 - 2020-12-31 -

Memberships

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

Professional Citizenship

  • Guest Speaker, Religious Studies Center Y Religion webcast, 2020-08-01 - 2020-08-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Member, Latter-day Saint-Pentecostal Dialogue Member, 2018-01-01 - 2018-01-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Member, Society of Biblical Literature, Latter-day Saints and the Bible, 2018-01-01 - 2018-01-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Chair, Latter-day Saint-Jewish Bi-annual Dialogue, 2015-10-01 - 2015-10-31 - Present
  • Conference-Related Role, BYU Law and Religion Symposium, 2014-10-01 - 2014-10-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Member, Latter-day Saint-Evangelical Bi-annual Dialogue, 2013-11-01 - 2013-11-30 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, BYU Campus Education Week, 2012-08-01 - 2012-08-31 - Present
  • Other, Evangelical Host, 2012-08-01 - 2012-08-31 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, Ancient Near Eastern Studies 201 Class, 2011-10-01 - 2011-10-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Member, Ancient Near Eastern Studies Committee of the Whole, 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Member, European Studies Committee of the Whole, 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31 - Present
  • Member, Interfaith Dialogue, 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31 - Present
  • Member, Latter-day Saint-Evangelical Dialogue Group, 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, LDS Firesides, 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Paper Reviewer - Ad Hoc, 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, Religious Studies Center Y Religion Podcasts, 2020-08-01 - 2020-08-31 - 2020-08-01 - 2020-08-31
  • Other, Especially For Youth Session Director, 2002-06-01 - 2002-06-30 - 2019-12-01 - 2019-12-31
  • Other, Church, 2018-08-01 - 2018-08-31 - 2019-08-01 - 2019-08-31
  • Committee/Council Member, BYU Studies Academy Member, 2009-08-01 - 2009-08-31 - 2019-08-01 - 2019-08-31
  • Editorial Review Board Member, BYU Studies Editorial Fellow, 2010-02-01 - 2010-02-28 - 2019-01-01 - 2019-01-31
  • Guest Speaker, Laura Hales Latter-day Saint Perspectives Webcast, 2018-08-01 - 2018-08-31 - 2018-08-01 - 2018-08-31
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Studia Antiqua Review Board, 2012-01-01 - 2012-01-31 - 2018-08-01 - 2018-08-31
  • Officer (specify in Other), Church, 2014-10-01 - 2014-10-31 - 2018-06-01 - 2018-06-30
  • Guest Speaker, Laura Hales Latter-day Saint Perspectives Webcast, 2018-03-01 - 2018-03-31 - 2018-03-01 - 2018-03-31
  • Guest Speaker, BYU Radio, 2018-01-01 - 2018-01-31 - 2018-01-01 - 2018-01-31
  • Media Participation, Interpreter Roundtable Discussions, 2012-09-01 - 2012-09-30 - 2016-08-01 - 2016-08-31
  • Guest Speaker, Continuing Education, 2014-10-01 - 2014-10-31 - 2014-10-01 - 2014-10-31
  • Other, Church, 2012-11-01 - 2012-11-30 - 2014-10-01 - 2014-10-31
  • Guest Speaker, BYU Summer Fundamentals of Leadership Conference, 2014-08-01 - 2014-08-31 - 2014-08-01 - 2014-08-31
  • Guest Speaker, BYU Leadership Development Seminar, 2013-12-01 - 2013-12-31 - 2014-04-01 - 2014-04-30
  • Guest Speaker, BYU Summer Fundamentals of Leadership Conference, 2013-08-01 - 2013-08-31 - 2013-08-01 - 2013-08-31
  • Other, Church, 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31 - 2012-09-01 - 2012-09-30
  • Guest Speaker, Interfaith Dialogue Trip to Texas, 2012-05-01 - 2012-05-31 - 2012-05-01 - 2012-05-31
  • Conference-Related Role, Society of Biblical Literature Regional Meeting, 2012-03-01 - 2012-03-31 - 2012-03-01 - 2012-03-31
  • Other, Church, 2006-01-01 - 2006-01-31 - 2011-06-01 - 2011-06-30

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL A 275 : Section 019
  • REL A 275 : Section 021
  • REL A 327 : Section 003
  • REL A 275 : Section 013
  • REL A 121 : Section 017
  • REL A 304 : Section 002
  • REL A 304 : Section 004

2019

  • REL A 304 : Section 006
  • REL A 311R: Section 002
  • REL A 303R: Section 002
  • REL A 311R: Section 002
  • REL A 303R: Section 002
  • REL A 311R: Section 002
  • REL A 303R: Section 002

2018

  • REL A 311R: Section 002
  • REL A 303R: Section 002
  • REL A 121 : Section 002
  • REL A 121 : Section 004
  • REL A 304 : Section 002
  • REL A 302 : Section 001
  • REL A 302 : Section 002
  • REL A 302 : Section 003
  • REL A 304 : Section 002
  • REL A 304 : Section 004

2017

  • REL A 275 : Section 023
  • REL A 304 : Section 001
  • REL A 304 : Section 002
  • REL A 304 : Section 005

2016

  • REL A 250 : Section 009
  • REL A 212 : Section 001
  • REL A 212 : Section 006
  • REL A 212 : Section 007
  • REL A 212 : Section 009
  • REL A 250 : Section 006
  • REL A 250 : Section 007
  • REL A 327 : Section 001
  • REL A 327 : Section 008
  • REL A 327 : Section 010

2015

  • REL A 250 : Section 004
  • REL A 250 : Section 005
  • HONRS 101 : Section 006
  • REL A 327 : Section 009
  • REL A 304 : Section 001
  • REL A 304 : Section 002
  • REL A 211 : Section 009
  • REL A 211 : Section 010
  • REL A 212 : Section 013
  • REL A 212 : Section 019
  • REL A 327 : Section 001
  • REL A 327 : Section 005
  • REL A 327 : Section 009

2014

  • HONRS 101 : Section 006
  • REL A 301 : Section 003
  • REL A 327 : Section 004
  • REL A 301 : Section 001
  • REL A 301 : Section 002
  • REL A 327 : Section 005
  • REL A 327 : Section 007
  • REL A 327 : Section 013

2013

  • REL A 122 : Section 029
  • REL A 304 : Section 002
  • REL A 304 : Section 003
  • REL A 304 : Section 004
  • REL A 211 : Section 003
  • REL A 211 : Section 005
  • REL A 211 : Section 008
  • REL A 122 : Section 026
  • REL A 122 : Section 045
  • REL A 122 : Section 061
  • REL A 211 : Section 001
  • REL A 211 : Section 017
  • REL A 211 : Section 026

2012

  • REL A 122 : Section 008
  • REL A 122 : Section 010
  • REL A 122 : Section 029
  • REL A 304 : Section 003
  • REL A 304 : Section 004
  • REL A 304 : Section 001
  • REL A 304 : Section 002
  • REL A 122 : Section 034
  • REL A 122 : Section 039
  • REL A 122 : Section 064
  • REL A 211 : Section 016
  • REL A 211 : Section 021

2011

  • REL A 121 : Section 032
  • REL A 121 : Section 057
  • REL A 121 : Section 072
  • REL A 121 : Section 081

Publications

  • Hopkin SD. August, 2015. “Samuel’s Reliance on Biblical Language”. 1st ed. Brian Hauglid, editor. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute.

Presentations

  • Hopkin SD. Jewish and Latter-day Saint Praxis: Life Cycle Similarities and Divergence. Eighth Bi-Annual Latter-day Saint Jewish Academic Dialogue. November, 2020.
  • Hopkin SD. Thomas A Wayment's New Testament Translation for Latter-day Saints. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meetings, 2019. November, 2019.
  • Hopkin SD. Latter-day Saints, the Hebrew Bible, and Judaism. Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles Informal Seminar. October, 2019.
  • Hopkin SD. Latter-day Saints and Interfaith Cooperation. Interfaith Cooperation Course. October, 2019.
  • Hopkin SD, Ludlow JW, Reed AC. Latter-day Saint Views on Supersessionism: An Appraisal. Fourth Bi-Annual Latter-day Saint-Jewish Academic Dialogue. March, 2018.
  • Hopkin SD. The Influence of the Biblical Tabernacle in LDS Thought and Practice. Interfaith Perspective on the Biblical Tabernacle. September, 2017.
  • Hopkin SD. The Day of Atonement in LDS Thought and Practice. Second Bi-Annual Mormon-Jewish Academic Dialogue. Presented how LDS scriptural patterns (such as those in 2 Nephi 31-32) and LDS religious ritual are built upon concept of the high priestly ascent on the Day of Atonement. December, 2016.
  • Hopkin SD. The Day of Atonement and the Divine Ascent in Mormon Liturgical Practice. Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2016.
  • Hopkin SD. Tsarfati and the Bible. Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies. June, 2016.
  • Hopkin SD. Promoting Peace through Interfaith Cooperation and Understanding. Seminar on Religion and Peace: Reflections with Community Leaders of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. January, 2016.
  • Hopkin SD. Tsarfati’s Introductory Poem in Hebrew: An Italian Jew’s Interpretation of the Spanish Masterpiece Celestina. 45th Annual Conference. This presentation analyzed the medieval poetry of Joseph Sarfati, identified the biblical allusions and their purpose, correctly pointed/"vowelled" the poetry, and situated it in its appropriate historical context A version of the paper was later published in Studies in the Bible and Antiquity. June, 2014.
  • Hopkin SD. The Joining of Heaven and Earth in Mormon Sacred Texts and Temples. The Marriage of Heaven and Earth. A modified form of the article has been submitted to the Sophia Centre for peer review and potential inclusion in their journal The article analyzed Mormon cosmology, its use of heavenly objects to symbolize the divine ascent into the presence of God. June, 2014.
  • Hopkin SD, Hopkin JA. The Psalms as Signifiers of Sacred Time and Space. 2014 Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences Conference. A modified form of the article was submitted for peer review and was published in the conference proceedings The presentation analyzed the liturgical use of the Psalms anciently and over time to create or separate sacred space and time. January, 2014.
  • Hopkin SD, Huntington RL. Secularizing Influence of Western Universities on Muslim Students from the Middle East. Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. December, 2013.
  • Hopkin SD, Hopkin JA. The Psalms Sung: The Power of Music in Ancient Worship. 2013 Sperry Symposium. October, 2013.
  • Hopkin SD. Universal Apostasy or Universal Respect: The Dichotomous Tension of LDS Interfaith Understanding. Colloque international sur le Mormonisme: «Mormonisme et Exotisme». May, 2013.
  • Hopkin SD. Tsarfati’s Introductory Poem in Hebrew: An Early Jewish Interpretation of Celestina. International Congress on Medieval Studies. May, 2013.
  • Hopkin SD. Ritual, Ordinance, and the Law of Moses. Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2012.
  • Hopkin SD. Celestina, Rojas, and Tsarfati: The Metaphor of Illicit Love as a Coded Critique of the Allures of Christian Society. New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies. March, 2012.
  • Hopkin SD. Psalm 22:16 and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Society of Biblical Literature Regional Conference. March, 2012.
  • Hopkin SD. Keys to Understanding the Law of Moses and Modern Ordinance: Personal and Communal Benefits of Sacred Ritual Action. BYU Studies Conference. March, 2010.
  • Hopkin SD. The Poetess Wallada bint al Mustakfi: Her Legacy and Influence in Perpetuity. Annual Conference of the Middle Eastern Studies Association. November, 2009.
  • Hopkin SD. Christ, Covenants, and the Caph. 2009 Annual Sperry Symposium: Christ in the Old Testament. October, 2009.
  • Hopkin SD. Seeing Eye to Eye: Nephi’s and John’s Intertwining Visions of the Tree of Life. LDS Readings of Revelation 21-22. September, 2009.
  • Hopkin SD. The Pervasiveness of Jewish Symbols of Community: as Found in the Modern Religious Community of the Latter-day Saints. National Association of Professors of Hebrew Literature Annual Conference. July, 2009.
  • Hopkin SD. Neoplatonism and the Jewish Longing for Zion in Medieval Spain. Sacred Leaves Conference. February, 2009.
  • Hopkin SD. Who are the Mormons?. Weekly TV Show - Austin Faith Dialogue. May, 2008.
  • Hopkin SD. The LDS Tradition in Context. Interfaith Dialogue Conference. October, 2007.
  • Hopkin SD. The Abrahamic Faiths: A Global View. Fetullah Gulen Conference. December, 2006.
  • Hopkin SD. Saul, Oliver, & Joseph: D&C 121, Principles of Priesthood Power. Church Educational System Symposium. August, 2002.
  • Hopkin SD. Moroni 7: The Three-Twined Cord of Faith, Hope, & Charity. Church Educational System Symposium. August, 2001.
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