About the Contributors

Robert Stephen Boylan studied anthropology at the Pontifical University of Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland, and has completed MA work in biblical scholarship. His areas of specialty include the temple, open theism, and the use of Old Testament Wisdom texts in the New Testament and connections to the person of Jesus Christ.

John Gee earned a PhD in Egyptology from Yale University. He is currently the William (Bill) Gay Associate Research Professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. He is active in Egyptology, having published numerous articles and spoken in dozens of international conferences. He currently serves as the editor of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities.

Ben McGuire is a systems administrator at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, Michigan. His special interest is in literary connections between the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon and the larger issue of demonstrating intentionality in literary borrowing and dependence.

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

George L. Mitton, after completing 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.

Steven L. Olsen received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He has worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for his entire career, serving currently as senior curator for the Church History Department. He has presented and published professionally in the fields of Mormon studies, museum studies, and urban history. He is working on a series of essays on the Book of Mormon from a literary perspective, including the one published in this issue of the FARMS Review. He also serves on the boards of the Utah Humanities Council and American Society of Church History.

Ugo A. Perego is a senior researcher and the director of operations for the nonprofit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also an adjunct faculty member in biology at Salt Lake Community College. He holds a PhD in human genetics from the University of Pavia, Italy. He has presented and published extensively on the application of DNA pertaining to population migrations and expansions, genealogy and ancestry, and historical events, including events in LDS history.

Daniel C. Peterson earned a PhD 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 (see meti.byu.edu).

Gregory L. Smith studied research physiology and English at the University of Alberta before receiving his MD degree. When he is not practicing rural family medicine or training junior physicians, his research interests center on LDS plural marriage and the intersection of biology, the history of science, and faith.

Gaye Strathearn received a PhD in religion (New Testament) from Claremont Graduate University. She is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University specializing in New Testament and Christian origins.

John A. Tvedtnes holds MA degrees from the University of Utah in linguistics and Middle East studies (Hebrew). He retired from Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, where he was a senior resident scholar. His publications comprise ten books and more than three hundred articles.

John W. Welch is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he teaches courses on law in the New Testament. He serves as chair of the section of the Society of Biblical Literature for Latter-day Saints and the Bible, and he is coauthor of Charting the New Testament. Since 1991 he has served as editor in chief of BYU Studies. He studied at Brigham Young, Oxford, and Duke Universities. The founder of FARMS and general editor of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, he has published widely on biblical, early Christian, and Latter-day Saint topics.