Belnap received B.A. in International Relations from BYU; M.A. in Ancient
Near Eastern Studies from BYU; M.A. and Ph.D. in Northwest Semitics
from the University of Chicago. He also worked as a part–time instructor
before becoming an Assistant Professor in 2007.
Although since coming to BYU, he has taught courses in The Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament, Pearl of Great Price, and Teachings of the Living Prophets, Dr. Belnap's specialty is in the Hebrew Bible, Ugaritic studies, and Ritual studies. He has focused his research on cultural and sociological influences in the Book of Mormon, the use of ritual in ancient and contemporary contexts, doctrines of ascension and theosis in ancient Near East and Late Antiquity, and comparative cosmologies. He has studied many languages including Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Ugaritic, German, French, and Greek.
Belnap, Dan. "'How Excellent Is Thy Lovingkindness': The Gospel Principle of Hesed," in The Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, ed. D. Kelly Ogden, Jared W. Ludlow, and Kerry Muhlestein (Provo, UT and Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, and Deseret Book, 2009), 170–86.
Belnap, Daniel "The Process of Apostasy in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon," Shedding Light on the New Testament: Acts–Revelation, ed. Ray L. Huntington, Frank F. Judd Jr., and David M. Whitchurch (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2009), 247–70.
Belnap, Daniel. "Fillets of Fatling and Goblets of Gold: the Use of Meal Events in the Ritual Imagery of the Ugaritic Mythological and Epic Texts." Gorgias Ugaritic Studies 4 (2008).
———, Daniel. "Handmaids
of God and Mothers of Kings: a study of the terms ‘gebirah'
and ‘amah' as used in the Hebrew Bible." M.A. Thesis, Brigham
Young University, 1999.