This year, for the first time, two different individuals share responsibility for the editing of the Review. While Daniel C. Peterson directed an intensive Arabic program at Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies during the first half of 1993, William J. Hamblin of the F.A.R.M.S. board of directors and Brigham Young University’s Department of History assumed editorial duties. Many others have also contributed time and ideas to the editing of this volume. We wish particularly to thank Brent Hall, Stephen D. Ricks, Matthew Roper, Melvin J. Thorne, John W. Welch, and, as always, the omnicompetent Shirley S. Ricks.
Continuing past tradition, the editors have felt that their responsibility was to edit for style and grammar, but largely not for content. No attempt has been made to harmonize viewpoints or to enforce agreement. There are, in fact, parts of some reviews in the present volume with which one or the other, or both, of the editors disagree. Furthermore, the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the employers of the respective Review authors.