Paul Y. Hoskisson

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Paul Hoskisson
Born 1943
Residence Provo, Utah, United States
Education B.A., M.A., Ph. D Near Eastern Studies
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Brandeis University
Occupation Religion professor at BYU
Spouse(s) Joaquina Hoskisson
Children 4

Paul Y. Hoskisson (born 1943)[1] is an American professor of Ancient scripture and former associate dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University (BYU). In 2008, he was appointed director of the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Research and the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS).

Biographical background[edit]

Hoskisson is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2] He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU and received a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Brandeis University in 1986.

Hoskisson's wife is Joaquina V. Hoskisson. She is a native of Spain[3] and a Spanish professor at BYU.[4] They are the parents of four children.


Hoskisson has taught at BYU since 1981. Before that he taught at the University of Zurich and worked at the University of Tübingen.[5] Hoskisson has also served as Fulbright Program adviser at BYU.[6]

Hoskisson is a member of several professional academic associations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Oriental Society, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Mormon History Association.[5] He has served on the board of trustees for the American Schools of Oriental Research.[citation needed]

Hoskisson has published research on the Book of Mormon, the Old Testament, and other LDS subjects. For example, he wrote about pre-600 B.C. scimitars in the Middle East, thus making their presence possible among Lehi and his descendants in the new world in ways that were previously denied.[7] Hoskisson edited Historicity and the Latter-day Saints, an anthology by BYU's Religious Studies Center, in which he contributed a paper on the need for historicity. He also contributed several articles to FARMS' Journal of Book of Mormon Studies that explore possible ancient meanings behind names in the Book of Mormon.

In September 2008, Hoskisson was appointed the director of FARMS and BYU's Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Research.[8]

Published work[edit]


  1. ^ "The Deities and cult terms in Mari : an analysis of the textual evidence /.." Copyright Catalog (1978 to present). United States Copyright Office. 1985. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  2. ^ Hoskisson, Paul Y. (July 1991). "Research and Perspectives: Where Was the Ur of Abraham?". Ensign. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  3. ^ Hoskisson, Joaquina. For to Sojourn in the Land. Speeches. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Joaquina V Hoskisson". College of Humanities Faculty Biography. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  5. ^ a b "New Director Appointed for the Willes Center and the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies". Insights. Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. 28 (4). 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  6. ^ "3 BYU Students Study Abroad as Fulbright Award Winners". Deseret News. September 21, 1995. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  7. ^ Shirts, Kerry A. "Book of Mormon and Archaeology: The Scimeter". Mormonism Researched. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  8. ^ Deseret News, September 24th, 2008