Donald W. Parry

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Donald W. Parry
Occupation Professor, Author, Editor
Notable works Understanding Isaiah, Symbols and Shadows

Donald W. Parry Ph.D. is a professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He holds the Abraham O. Smoot Professorship. He is the author and editor of many works related to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament. He served as a member of the Board of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) at Brigham Young University from 1988 to 2007.[1]


Parry was born in Nampa, Idaho to Atwell Parry, a former Idaho state senator,[2] and Elaine Parry. He is the fourth child of seven. At the age of eleven, he moved with his family to Melba, Idaho, where he worked in his father's grocery store. He married his college sweetheart, Camille and they are the parents of six children.

He has authored or edited more than twenty-seven books, and has written and published more than eighty articles.[3]

In addition to writing six books on Isaiah, Parry brings fifteen years of work on the Dead Sea Scrolls. As one of the scrolls' international team of translators, he translated the Books of Samuel and has authored fifteen volumes on the Dead Sea Scrolls.[4]

He is a member of several other organizations, including the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (Groningen, The Netherlands), the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Society (Princeton, New Jersey), Society for Biblical Literature (Atlanta, Georgia), and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (Madison, Wisconsin). Parry also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Brigham Young University's Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts from 1987–2005.[1]

Selected Bibliography[edit]

Books (some titles have co-authors)
  • A Guide to Scriptual Symbols (1990)
  • A Bibliography on Temples of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean World: Arranged by Subject and by Author (1991)
  • Ancient State: The Rulers and the Ruled (1993)
  • Temples of the Ancient World (1995)
  • A Guide to Publications on the Book of Mormon: Selected Annotated Bibliography (1996)
  • A Comprehensive Annotated Book of Mormon Bibliography (1996)
  • Understanding Isaiah (1996)
  • LDS Perspectives on the Dead Sea Scrolls (1997)
  • Understanding the Book of Revelation (1998)
  • The Book of Mormon Text Reformatted According to Parallelistic Patterns (1998)
  • The Great Isaiah Scroll (1998)
  • The Temple in Time and Eternity (1999)
  • Understanding the Signs of the Times (1999)
  • Isaiah in the Book of Mormon (1999)
  • Disciple as Witness: Essays on Latter-Day Saint History and Doctrine in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson (2000)
  • Disciple as Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson (2000)
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: Questions and Responses for Latter-day Saints (2000)
  • Harmonizing Isaiah: Combining Ancient Sources (2001)
  • Revelation, Reason, and Faith: Essays in Honor of Truman G. Madsen (2002)
  • Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon (2002)
  • Understanding Death and the Resurrection (2003)
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader (Set of 6 Volumes) (2004)
  • Understanding the Parables of Jesus Christ (2006)
  • Visualizing Isaiah (2006)
  • Symbols and Shadows: Unlocking a Deeper Understanding of the Atonement (2009)
  • Tree of Life: From Eden to Eternity (2011)
  • Angels: Agents of Light, Love and Power (2013)