In these highly-anticipated episodes of Mormon Stories Podcast, we interview David Bokovoy – one of Mormonism’s leading Bible scholars. David has an MA from Brandeis University in Jewish Studies and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. He worked for the LDS Church Education System for 18 years, was chaplain at Harvard University, and taught LDS Institute at Harvard, Wellesley, and MIT. He is the author of 2 books including Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis-Deuteronomy, dozens of articles, and was a co-founder of the Mormon Interpreter with Daniel C. Peterson.
This interview focuses on David’s personal faith journey, including his fascinating story of falling in love with the Hebrew language and deeply studying the Bible—to forgoing a possibly more lucrative academic career to move to Utah to teach in CES. We also delve into his time writing in the apologetic realm, and we land where David finds himself today in terms of spirituality.
We will interview David again soon to dive deep into his book Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis-Deuteronomy, and we invite you to get a head start on the discussion by grabbing a copy of his book using the link below:
Part 1 – David shares how his Mormon background and love of the Hebrew language led to deep studies of the Bible:
Part 2 – David describes having lingering doubts during his time studying and writing in the apologetic realm:
Part 3 – David shares how the November 2015 policy regarding children of same-sex parents rocked his faith to the core:
Part 4 – David shares where he currently is in his faith journey: