Dan Belnap is a professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University who also teaches in the Ancient Near Eastern Studies program. Dan has also taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center (2013-2014, 2019-2020). He received a BA in international relations from Brigham Young University; an MA in ancient Near Eastern studies from BYU; an MA and a PhD in Northwest Semitics from the University of Chicago. His areas of interest are Ancient Near Eastern ritual practice (including Old Testament), social history of the Old Testament, social history of the Book of Mormon, and more recently, the priesthood theology taught by Joseph Smith. He is the author of a number of studies including Old Testament ritual practice, Book of Mormon social history as well as co-editor (with Aaron Schade) of Creation to Sinai: LDS Perspectives on the Old Testament (vol. 1). He is married to his sweetheart, Erin Pinney and they have four wonderful children.