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Stephen David Ricks is a professor of Hebrew at Brigham Young Universitymarker (BYU) and an author and co-author of several books and articles defending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and its teachings.


Ricks served a mission for the church in Switzerlandmarker. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeleymarker and Graduate Theological Union.

From 1988 to 1991 Ricks was the president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) and from 1991 to 1997 he served as the chairman of FARMS board of directors. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies serving as editor from 1992 to 1997.

From 1992 to 1996 he also served as the associate dean of general education and honors at BYU.

Among Ricks many writings is "Joseph Smith and 'Majic': Methodological Reflection on the Use of a Term" (with Daniel C. Peterson) in Robert L. Millet, ed., To Be Learned is Good if... (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1987).

Ricks has been involved in promoting positive relations between the LDS Church and Jewish groups.

Ricks translated Klaus Vondung's The Apocalypse in Germany into English.

Ricks edited Warfare in the Book of Mormon with William J. Hamblin.


  1. LDS Church News, April 24th, 2004


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