Eric D. Huntsman
Eric Dennis Huntsman is a religion professor at Brigham Young University (BYU).
Huntsman was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Huntsman served a mission for the LDS Church in Thailand. He graduated from BYU with a BA Classical Greek and Latin in 1990. He then earned an MA and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1993 he married N. Elaine Scott. They are the parents of two children.
Huntsman joined the BYU faculty in 1994 as an instructor in classics. In 1997, after completing his Ph.D., he became an assistant professor (the lowest rank of full-time, full-status faculty) in Ancient History and Classics. In 2003 Huntsman transferred departments to be a member of the Department of Ancient Scripture in BYU's College of Religious Education. In 2008 Huntsman moved up to the rank of associate professor.
Huntsman was among the contributors to the documentary Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God. He was a co-author of Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament: An Illustrated Guide for Latter-day Saints along with Richard N. Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment, and he contributed a number of chapters to their series The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ. He also wrote “Levels of Meaning: The Ara Pacis Augustae and the Teaching of Roman History,” which was published in the journal Interdisciplinary Humanities Vol. 15, Issue 1 (Spring 1998), p. 62–76. His article "Livia Before Octavian" was published in the journal Ancient Society in 2009. In addition his article And the Word was Made Flesh: An LDS Exegesis of the Blood and Water imagery in John was published by the journal Studies in the Bible and Antiquity in 2009 (pages 51–65). Huntsman has just published a study of the Passion Narratives entitled God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior's Life. A companion volume on the Infancy Narratives, Good Tidings of Great Joy: A Scriptural Celebration of the Savior's Birth, will be released in the fall of 2011. He is currently assisting S. Kent Brown with his commentary on the Gospel of Luke.
- Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior's Life. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011.
- God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior's Life. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011.
- "Glad Tidings of Great Joy", Ensign, Dec. 2010, 52–57.
- “Livia Before Octavian,” Ancient Society 39 (2009), 121–169.
- “And the Word Was Made Flesh: An LDS Exegesis of the Blood and Water Imagery in John,” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 1 (2009), 51–65.
- ""Reflections on the Savior's Last Week"," Ensign (April 2009), 52–60.
- "Your Faith Should Not Stand in the Wisdom of Men. Greek Philosophy, Corinthian Behavior, and the Teachings of Paul," pages 67–97 in The New Testament Brought to Light: Latter-day Saint Insights into Acts through Revelation. Edited by Ray L. Huntington, David M. Whitchurch, and Frank F. Judd, Jr. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, 2009.
- Review of Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions. BYU Studies 47.2 (2008), 142-47.
- "The Lamb of God: Unique Aspects of the Passion Narrative in John," pages 49–70 in Behold the Lamb of God: The Fourth Annual BYU Religious Education Easter Conference. Edited by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Frank F. Judd, Jr., and Thomas A. Wayment. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, 2008.
- “The Bread of Life Sermon,” pages 87–112 in Celebrating Easter. Edited by Thomas A. Wayment and Keith J. Wilson. The 2006 BYU Easter Conference. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, 2007. Substantial revision of “The Bread of Life Sermon,” 2006, below.
- Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament: An Illustrated Reference for Latter-day Saints, with Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, September 2006.
- "The Occasional Nature, Composition, and Structure of the Pauline Epistles," Pages 190-207 in How The New Testament Came to Be. Edited by Kent P. Jackson et al. The 35th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006.
- "The Bread of Life Sermon" in From the Transfiguration through the Triumphal Entry, edited by Richard N. Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment. The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, vol. 2. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, March 2006. Presentation at the 2006 Easter Conference, BYU.; revised, pages 87–112 in Celebrating Easter. Edited by Thomas A. Wayment and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel. Provo: Religious Studies Center, 2006.
- "Teaching through Exegesis: Helping Students Ask Questions of the Text," Religious Educator 6.1 (Winter 2005).
- "Galilee and the Call of the Apostles," in From Bethlehem to the Sermon on the Mount, edited by Richard N. Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment. The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2005.
- "Mary Magdalene: Biblical Enigma," Original presentation: February 25, 2004 as part of the Museum of Art lecture series Mystery, Metaphor, and Meaning: LDS Perspectives on The Da Vinci Code; Revised presentation: May 26, 2004, KBYU Studios; electronically published by Meridian Magazine, June 14–15, 2004.
- "Christ Before the Romans," in From the Last Supper Through the Resurrection: The Savior's Final Hours, edited by Richard N. Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment. The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, vol. 3. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003.
- "Levels of Meaning: The Ara Pacis Augustae and the Teaching of Roman History," Interdisciplinary Humanities 15.1 (Spring 1998), 62-76.
- "The Reliability of Josephus: Can He Be Trusted?," Masada and the World of the New Testament. BYU Studies 36.3 (1996-7) 392-402.
- "And They Cast Lots: Divination, Democracy, and Josephus," Masada and the World of the New Testament. BYU Studies 36.3 (1996-7) 365-377.
- "The Family and Property of Livia Drusilla." PhD Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1997.