About the Contributors

Jeffrey R. Chadwick has a PhD in Near Eastern archaeology and Semitic languages from the University of Utah Middle East Center and is an associate professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. A recent publication is “Lehi’s House at Jerusalem and the Land of His Inheritance,” in Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, ed. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely (Provo, UT: FARMS, 2004), 81-130.

Brant A. Gardner received an MA in anthropology, specializing in Mesoamerican ethnohistory, from the State University of New York, Albany. He is currently employed as a consultant with a software company serving the K-12 school community.

Alan Goff received his Doctor of Arts in humanistic studies from the University at Albany and holds master’s degrees from BYU in English and political science.  His particular focus has been in the fields of literary criticism and philosophy.  He is currently a professor of arts and sciences at DeVry University Phoenix, and his research explores narratives, especially that frontier where historical narrative and fictional narrative intersect.

Ray L. Huntington has a PhD in contemporary Middle East studies from Brigham Young University. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, where his teaching focus is Old and New Testament and Pearl of Great Price. He has taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies on three separate occasions. His most recent publication is a coauthored volume on the history of the English Bible.

Raphael Jospe received his PhD from Brandeis University. He lives in Jerusalem and teaches medieval Jewish philosophy at Bar-Ilan University and has also served as professor of Jewish civilization at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. His most recent publication is a three-volume Hebrew history of Jewish philosophy in the Middle Ages (published by the Open University of Israel).

Louis Midgley, who earned his PhD at Brown University, is a professor emeritus of political science at Brigham Young University.

George L. Mitton, after graduate studies at Utah State University and Columbia University, spent his career in education and public administration, much of it with the government of the state of Oregon.

Kerry Muhlestein has a PhD in Egyptology from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University—Hawaii, holding a joint position in the Department of Religious Education and the Department of History. His most recent publication is “Death by Water: The Role of Water in Ancient Egypt’s Treatment of Enemies and Juridical Process,” in L’Acqua Nell’antico Egitto: Vita, Rigenerazione, Incantesimo, Medicamento, ed. Alessia Amenta, Michela Luiselli, and Maria Novella Sordi (Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2005), 173-79.

Blake T. Ostler holds a JD from the University of Utah and is currently a practicing attorney. He is the author of the multivolume series Exploring Mormon Thought. The most recent volume, The Problems of Theism and the Love of God was just released by Greg Kofford Books.

Boyd Jay Petersen is a PhD candidate in comparative literature at the University of Utah. He currently teaches in the English and Literature Department at Utah Valley State College. He is the author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life (Salt Lake: Kofford Books, 2002).

Daniel C. Peterson earned a doctorate in Near Eastern languages and cultures, from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, where he also directs the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative.

Matthew Roper, who has an MS from Brigham Young University, is a resident scholar at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University.

Richard Dilworth Rust earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He is a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently teaches at the Joseph Smith Academy in Nauvoo. Among his publications is Feasting on the Word: The Literary Testimony of the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1997).

Royal Skousen received his PhD in linguistics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and is a professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University. Since 1988, Skousen has served as the editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project.