Paul N. Hyde was born and raised in Southern California, attending Chino schools and eventually graduating from Redlands High School in 1960. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed in Texas, Colorado, and Minnesota. After his tour of duty was over, he served as a missionary in the Southeast Mexican Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Paul returned to Brigham Young University and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in 1969. He was then hired by the Church to teach Seminary and Institute classes in the Church Educational System. This he enjoyed as his career for thirty-five years. He served at Bountiful High School Seminary, and then at the Institutes of Religion located adjacent to Cypress College, Purdue University, UCLA, USC, the University of New Mexico, and Utah Valley State College. In 1972 he finished his Masters degree in English Language and Linguistics at Brigham Young University, and ten years later earned his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at Purdue University.
In 1982 he began to serve as one of the editors for Mythlore, a journal dedicated to the writings of C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He has lectured on the creative linguistics of J.R.R. Tolkien throughout the United States, Canada, and England. He has also published a number of reference books and essays on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and others who have contributed to the same genre. Along the way, Paul was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Tolkien Society of America for his contributions to Tolkien scholarship.
In February 1967, Paul N. Hyde married Patricia Lorraine Holmberg in the St. George Utah Temple. Their union has brought seven children into the world, who in turn have provided them with 31 grandchildren. Before he retired from the Church Educational System in 2004, one of his daughters asked him to “write down everything you know and send it to me in the mail”. This sparked a twelve year odyssey that has produced several volumes of “Paraphrastic Studies” on the Gospels, the Epistles of Paul, and the book of Psalms. These are comprehensive translations that attempt to utilize most, if not all, of the possible nuances in the original Greek and Hebrew languages. For the past ten years Brother Hyde has labored on his 33 volume commentary on the Standard Works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, privately publishing them for his family and friends. These are now being made available to the public through the auspices of BYU Studies in PDF format.