John M. Lundquist

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John M. Lundquist is the former curator of Asian and Middle Eastern Collections at the New York Public Library. He was also the Susan and Douglas Dillon Chief Librarian of the Asian and Middle Eastern Division from 1985 to 2009. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. He also earned a Master of Library Science from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Portland State University.

He is the author of The Temple: Meeting Place of Heaven and Earth; The Temple of Jerusalem: Past, Present and Future; and The Children of Noah: Jewish Seafaring in Ancient Times. He is the co-editor of By Study and Also by Faith: Essays in Honor of Hugh W. Nibley and contributed “Temple Symbolism in Isaiah” in Isaiah and the Prophets; and “The Common Temple Ideology of the Ancient Near East” in The Temple in Antiquity.

Lundquist taught anthropology and religion at BYU, was a faculty member at New School for Social Research in New York City, and was an adjunct associate professor of art history and archaeology at Columbia University. He was an adjunct professor of Near Eastern languages and literature at New York University, adjunct instructor in the graduate studies division at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, adjunct professor of philosophy and religious studies at Pace University in New York City, and adjunct professor of art history at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

He was director of excavation at the American School of Oriental Research in Tell Qarqur, Syria from 1981 to 1985 and field archaeologist in Syria from 1979 to 1982. He served as area supervisor of the American Expedition to Tell Hadidi, Syria, in the summers of 1974–1976. He was a researcher for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, New York City.

He traveled extensively doing research and field work in China, Tibet, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Indonesia, others. He was a guest scholar at the Japan Center for Area Studies, National Museum Ethnology, Osaka, March 1996. He was a lecturer at the Institute for Asian Studies in New York City.

Lundquist was born on September 22, 1938, in Twin Falls, Idaho. He is the father of six children and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.