William J. Hamblin

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Mormon William J Hamblin
William James "Bill" Hamblin was a member of the history department faculty at Brigham Young University and isan expert in ancient and medieval warfare, the Crusades and Scandinavian history. He is a former board member of the Mormon apologetics group FARMS.


Hamblin served as a missionary in Italy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1973 to 1975.[1] Hamblin received his bachelors degree at BYU and his masters degree from the University of Michigan. He also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, which he completed in 1985. The title of his dissertation was The Fatimid Army During the Early Crusades. Prior to joining the faculty of BYU in 1989, Hamblin was a history professor at the University of Southern Mississippi[2], an instructor at Campbell University, and a middle east intelligence analyst for the United States Department of Defense. Hamblin contributed many articles to The International Military Encyclopedia.[3]

During the summer of 2008, Hamblin was a student sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities at a five week course sponsored through the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga entitled "Holy Land and Holy City in Classical Judaism, Christianity and Islam.[4]

Among books by Hamblin is Warfare in the Ancient Near East published by Routledge in 2005.[5]


In the early 1990s Hamblin was involved with J. Michael Allen in creating mormon-l, which was meant to be a forum for people to correspond with Mormon academics. It however soon degenerated into a general chat forum.[6]

Hamblin has also written extensively on archaeology and the Book of Mormon, both in general articles for the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies[7] and in specific responses to attacks on the historicity of the Book of Mormon].[8]

He wrote many newspaper and web articles with Daniel Peterson.

He was born on December 1, 1954, and passed away on December 10, 2019.