Noel B. Reynolds

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Noel Beldon Reynolds (born 1942, Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American political science professor at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he has also served as an associate academic vice president and as director for the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS).

Reynolds grew up in Cody, Wyoming and served an LDS Church mission in Uruguay and Paraguay from 1961 to 1964. Reynolds earned a bachelor's degree at BYU, followed by M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

Reynolds has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Edinburgh University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Reynolds was one of the editors of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, published in 1992 by Macmillan.

Reynolds is married to the former Sydney Sharon Smith, she was a member of the general presidency of the Primary of the LDS Church from 1999 to 2005. They are the parents of eleven children.

Reynolds has published books and articles in several fields, including: legal and political philosophy (20), American founding (8), authorship studies (11), ancient studies and Dead Sea Scrolls (11), and Mormon studies (18).

Reynolds edited On the History of the Idea of Law authored by Shirley Robin Letwin, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005.[1]

Among other callings in the LDS Church, Reynolds has served as a bishop and stake president, from 2005 to 2008, Reynolds was president of the church's Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission. During part of this time, the mission included the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos; in November 2011, he began a three-year assignment as president of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple.


  1. ^ "On the History of the Idea of Law [Book]". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 


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