(Ph.D., Brown University) taught for over thirty years at Brigham Young University, where he also served as the Director of FARMS and on the executive council of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He served as the director of the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He was a fellow of the American Research Center in Egypt, where he worked on ostraca at the Coptic Museum in Old Cairo. He has also been a fellow of the David M. Kennedy Center in Provo.
John W. Welch (J.D., Duke University) is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, editor in chief of BYU Studies, and director of publications for the university's Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for LDS History. He is the founder of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. He serves on the executive committee of the Biblical Law Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.