Richard Holzapfel

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Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Ph.D. (born September 17, 1954) is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly referred to as The Mormon Church) and emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Dr. Holzapfel taught classes in ancient and modern scripture—including the New Testament and the Doctrine and Covenants, as well as an Honors History course titled "American Society and Government." BYU Religious Education Dept.

Biography

Mormon Richard Holzapfel
Richard Neitzel Holzapfel was born in Blackfoot Idaho, and moved regularly as a child, due to his father's naval career. In addition to his native town, his family resided in Southern California, Maine, and Hawaii. He attended Castle Park High School (Chula Vista, California) and graduated from York High School (York, Maine) in 1972. Richard served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years in Italy and Switzerland.

Dr. Holzapfel attended Brigham Young University, Hebrew Union College, and the University of California, Irvine, receiving his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. respectively, with an emphasis in each of the following areas: Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish History, Ancient History, American History, and Nineteenth Century American Religious History. BYU Religious Education Dept.

Richard met Jeni Broberg at Brigham Young University, and they were married in 1978. A year later their first child, was born. At that time, Holzapfel moved his young family to Irvine, California, to pursue his doctorate at the University California Irvine, where he simultaneously worked for the Church Educational System (CES). His first book, Old Mormon Nauvoo 1839 -1846 was released in 1990. Wikipedia.org

Holzapfel came to Brigham Young University as an assistant professor in 1993, teaching in the Church History, Ancient Scripture, and History departments. His courses then included the Honors sections of the Doctrine and Covenants and New Testament. He taught at the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center from 1997 through 1998. He is a world traveler, often lecturing around the country and abroad. Wikipedia.org

Holzapfel served as the publications director of the "Religious Educator," a quarterly journal publication of the Religious Studies Center at BYU. In addition to teaching and filling various committee assignments at the university, he continues a heavy research, writing, and publication agenda. He has written over 32 books and countless articles. BYU Religious Education Dept.

Richard and Jeni currently reside in Springville, Utah. They have five adult children, Nathan, Zachary, Zanna, Marin, and Bailey. BYU Religious Education Dept.

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Dr. Holzapfel was the managing director of the Religious Studies Center at BYU and the editor in chief of the center’s periodical The Religious Educator. He also served as an editorial board member for BYU Studies.

He received the Continuing Education Faculty Teaching Award in 2006 and the Honors Professor of the Year in 2008.

Updates

In 2010 he took a three-year hiatus from his career to serve as mission president in the Alabama Birmingham Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ. He retired from BYU in 2018. Also in 2018 he was called to serve as an Area Seventy. He is a senior manager in the Missionary Department of the Church.

Dr. Holzapfel is prolific and brilliant, but even more outstanding than his breadth of knowledge of Christ, is his ability to bear witness of Him and to exemplify His life in his own daily ministry and stewardship.

Works

  • Beholding Salvation: The Life of Christ in Word and Image (2006)

S. Kent Brown, Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Dawn C. Pheysey

  • “Behold the Lamb of God”: An Easter Celebration (2008)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Thomas A. Wayment, Frank F. Judd

  • Between the Testaments: From Malachi to Matthew (2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, S. Kent Brown

  • Brigham Young: Images of a Mormon Prophet (2000)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, R. Q. Shupe

  • By Study and By Faith (reprinted 2012)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Kent P. Jackson

  • Church History in Black and White: George Edward Anderson’s Photographic Mission to Latter-day Saint Historical Sites (1995)
  • Every Stone a Sermon (2011)
  • The Exodus Story: Ancient and Modern Parallels (1997)
  • He Will Give You Rest: An Invitation and a Promise (2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Gaye Strathearn

  • In the Days of Joseph Smith (1993)
  • Jehovah and the World of the Old Testament: An illustrated Reference for Latter-day Saints (2009)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Dana M. Pike, David Rolph Seely

  • Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament: An Illustrated Reference for Latter-day Saints (2006)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Eric D. Huntsman, Thomas A. Wayment

  • Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament: An LDS Perspective (2006)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Thomas A. Wayment, Eric D. Huntsman

  • Joseph F. Smith: Portrait of a Prophet (2000)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, R. Q. Shupe

  • Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer (2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Kent P. Jackson

  • The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ: From Bethlehem through the Sermon on the Mount (Life and Teachings #1, 2005)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Thomas A. Wayment

  • The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ: From the Transfiguration through the Triumphal Entry (Life and Teachings #2, 2006)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Thomas A. Wayment

  • The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ: From the Last Supper through the Resurrection—The Savior’s Final Hours (Life and Teachings #3, 2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Thomas A. Wayment

  • The Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles: From the Day of Pentecost to the Apocalypse (2011)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Thomas A. Wayment

  • A Lively Hope: The Suffering, Death, Resurrection and Exaltation of Jesus Christ (1999)
  • The Lost 500 Years: What Happened Between the Old and New Testaments (2006)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, S. Kent Brown

  • Making Sense of the New Testament: Timely Insights and Timeless Messages (2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Thomas A. Wayment

  • The Master’s Hand: The Art of Carl Heinrich Bloch (2010)

Dawn C. Pheysey, Richard Neitzel Holzapfel

  • My Dear Sister: Letters between Joseph F. Smith and His Sister Martha Ann (2011)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, David M. Whitchurch

  • My Father’s House: Temple Worship and Symbolism in the New Testament (1995)
  • My Redeemer Lives! (2011)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Kent P. Jackson

  • My Servant Brigham: Portrait of a Prophet (1997)
  • Old Mormon Kirtland and Missouri: Historic Photographs and Guide (1991)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, T. Jeffery Cottle

  • Old Mormon Nauvoo, 1839–1846: Historic Photographs and Guide (1990)
  • Old Mormon Palmyra and New England: Historic Photographs and Guide (1991)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, T. Jeffery Cottle

  • Prophets of the Latter Days (2003)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, William W. Slaughter

  • Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: The British Isles (2007)

Cynthia Doxey, Robert C. Freeman, Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Dennis A. Wright

  • To Save the Lost: An Easter Celebration (2009)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Kent P. Jackson

  • Sisters at the Well: Women and the Life and Teachings of Jesus (2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Jeni Broberg Holzapfel

  • Teach One Another Words of Wisdom: Selections from the Religious Educator (2009)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, David M. Whitchurch

  • Their Faces toward Zion: Voices and Images of the Trek West (1996)
  • The Voice of My Servants (2010)

Scott C. Esplin, Richard Neitzel Holzapfel

  • What Da Vinci Didn’t Know: An LDS Perspective (2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Andrew C. Skinner, Thomas A. Wayment

  • A Window to the Past: A Photographic Panorama of Early Church History and Doctrine and Covenants (1993)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, T. Jeffery Cottle

  • Within These Prison Walls: Lorenzo Snow’s Record Book, 1886–1897 (2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Andrew H. Hedges

  • A Woman’s View: Helen Mar Whitney’s Reminiscences of Early Church History (1997)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Jeni Broberg Holzapfel

  • Women of Nauvoo (2010)

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Jeni Broberg Holzapfel

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


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