Michael D. Rhodes is an Emeritus Associate Research Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU (1999- 2011, teaching New Testament classes). He was Instructor and Associate Lecturer of Ancient Scripture, BYU (1993-1999), and Assistant Professor of Physics, United States Air Force Academy (1989-1993). He earned an M.S. in physics at University of New Mexico (1989) and studied at Oxford University, Griffith Institute (summer 1995). B.S., Air Force Institute of Technology (1982), Electrical Engineering; graduate work at Johns Hopkins University (1970-1973), Egyptology; graduate work at Freie Universität Berlin (1977-1978), Egyptology; B.A., Brigham Young University (1970), Classical Greek, minors Latin and German. He has published in Egyptology, astronomy, and LDS scriptural topics.
He was director of the United States Air Force Academy Observatory (1989-1993); Chief, Software Evaluation Branch, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (1988-1989); Software Test Manager, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (1985-1988); Software Test Engineer, F-16 Avionics Integration Support Facility, Hill AFB, Utah (1982-1985); Air Intelligence Officer, Strategic Air Command Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota (1979-1980); German Linguist, 6912th Security Squadron, Berlin, Germany (1976-1978); and German and Russian Linguist, 6944th Security Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, (1974-1976). He worked on Archeological Digs at Giza, Egypt, and Petra, Kingdom of Jordan.
New Testament Commentary publications:
With Richard D. Draper, The Revelation of John the Apostle (available in print September 2016 and ebook)
2 Corinthians (forthcoming)
Selected publications pertinent to biblical and Egyptology studies
Books of the Dead Belonging to Tshemmin and Neferirnub: A Translation and Commentary, Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2011.
The Hôr Book of Breathings: A Translation and Commentary, Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
“The Scriptural Accounts of the Creation: A Scientific Perspective,” in Michael D. Rhodes and J. Ward Moody, eds., Converging Paths to Truth, Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2011.
With Hugh Nibley, One Eternal Round, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 2010.
With Hugh Nibley and John Gee, The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Egyptian Endowment, 2nd ed., Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 2005.
With Richard D. Draper and S. Kent Brown, The Pearl of Great Price: A Verse-by-Verse Commentary, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 2005.
With J. Ward Moody, “Astronomy and the Creation in the Book of Abraham,” in Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant, Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2005, 17-36.
“Jesus Christ as Jehovah,” Ensign 18 (August 1988):26-27.
“The Egyptian Papyri of the Book of Abraham,” Ensign 18 (July 1988):51-53.
Conference Presentations of the New Testament Commentary:
Panel Discussion of the Revelation of John the Apostle, held on May 14, 2014, at Brigham Young University. Video.
“Remarks and Responses: Behind the Scenes of This New Commentary,” BYU New Testament Commentary Conference held on July 31, 2015, at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Video.
“Some Thoughts on the Authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews,” BYU New Testament Commentary Conference held on July 29, 2016, at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Participated in panel discussions on the New Testament, sponsored by the Department of Religious Education, BYU.
Giza, Egypt – September and October 1972, Director – Dr. Hans Goedicke, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Petra, Kingdom of Jordan – June and July 1985, Director – Dr. Phillip Hammond, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah