Richard D. Draper: Mormon Scholar
Richard D. Draper is a emeritus professor of ancient scripture and author specializing in prophecy, apocalyptic and New Testament background. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Draper grew up in Utah Valley. Immediately after his graduation from Pleasant Grove High School, he served in the armed services for one year. He then served as a missionary to the Central Atlantic States for the Church of Jesus Christ. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University. Twenty years later he earned his PhD in ancient history from BYU. He also received a master’s degree in history from Arizona State University, majoring in American westward movement and minoring in medieval ecclesiastical history.
He worked as an instructor for the Church Educational System for twenty years. He was a professor at BYU from 1988 to 2010, where he also served as Associate Dean of Religious Education from 2004 to 2007 and as Managing Director of Publications at the BYU Religious Studies Center from 2001 to 2004.
He is the author of many books and articles, including Opening the Seven Seals: The Visions of John the Revelator, The Prophecies of Jesus, The Ministry of the Apostles, “Understanding Images and Symbols in the Book of Revelation,” “The Apocalyptic Witness of the Messiah,” and “The Apostolic Ministry of the Twelve and Seventy.” He has worked with other professors to produce the fourteen-volume BYU New Testament Commentary Series.
Draper and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of six children and live in Lindon, Utah. They have served a mission together to Brigham Young University-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center.