Kevin L. Barney (J.D., University of Illinois and LL.M., DePaul University) is a partner in the Chicago office of Kutak Rock LLP, where he practices public finance law. He studied classics at Brigham Young University prior to going to law school. He has published articles on Latter-day Saint scripture in the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, the FARMS Review, the Ensign, BYU Studies, and Dialogue.

E. Douglas Clark (M.B.A., J.D., Brigham Young University) is an attorney and the international policy director of United Families International. He is the author of several books and articles, including The Grand Design: America from Columbus to Zion; Fathers and Sons in the Book of Mormon; the article on “Abraham” in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism; the foreword for Hugh Nibley’s Abraham in Egypt; “A Powerful New Resource for Studying the Book of Abraham,” in the FARMS Review (15/1); and a biography of Abraham to be published by Covenant Communications in the fall of 2005.

Richard D. Draper (Ph.D., Brigham Young University) is professor of ancient scripture and associate dean of religious education at Brigham Young University. He specializes in prophecy and in apocalyptic and New Testament studies. One of his recent articles is “Jesus’ Prophecies of His Death and Resurrection,” in From the Last Supper through the Resurrection: The Savior’s Final Hours, ed. Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas Wayment (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003).

John Gee (Ph.D., Yale University) is the William “Bill” Gay Associate Research Professor of Egyptology at the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, Brigham Young University, where he is series co-editor for Studies in the Book of Abraham. He is the author of several articles on Egyptology, the Joseph Smith Papyri, the Book of Abraham, and the Book of Mormon.

William J. Hamblin (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, specializing in Near Eastern History. His latest book is Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC (forthcoming, Routledge, 2005).

Brian M. Hauglid (Ph.D., University of Utah) is associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He is series co-editor for Studies in the Book of Abraham, a member of the editorial board of the Eastern Christian Texts series, and co-compiler and co-editor (with John Tvedtnes and John Gee) of Traditions about the Early Life of Abraham (Provo, UT: FARMS, 2001). He has authored articles on Abraham, Islam, and other topics in ancient scripture.

Andrew H. Hedges (Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is associate professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He has published several articles on the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is co-editor of The Disciple as Witness: Essays in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson (Provo, UT: FARMS, 2000).

Janet Carpenter Hovorka (M.A., Brigham Young University) has worked as a researcher, religion instructor, and librarian, with specific interests in the way ancient women, especially women in the scriptures, have shaped women’s roles in modern times. She is currently involved as a founder, teacher, and librarian at John Hancock Charter School in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Janet also founded Generation Maps, an online, genealogy chart-printing service, with her husband Kim Hovorka.

Jennifer C. Lane (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) is assistant professor of religious education at Brigham Young University—Hawaii. She has authored articles for several Sperry Symposium publications, as well as the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and the FARMS Review. She currently serves as the vice president of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology. Her research includes Latter-day Saint theology, passion piety, and the Franciscans in Jerusalem and Asia.

Jared Ludlow (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union) is associate professor of history and religion at Brigham Young University—Hawaii. He received his doctorate in Near Eastern religions, with a primary focus on ancient Judaism and early Christianity. His book Abraham Meets Death: Narrative Humor in the Testament of Abraham was published in 2002 by Sheffield Academic Press.

J. Ward Moody (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is professor of physics and astronomy at Brigham Young University. He has published on topics ranging from comets to galaxy nuclei. He is the managing editor of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, a world-leading publisher of astronomy conference proceedings. He currently heads the physical science program and received the BYU Alcuin award in 2001 for excellence in general education teaching.

Peter C. Nadig (Ph.D., University of DŸsseldorf) is a lecturer in ancient history at the University of DŸsseldorf and is currently a research assistant at Aachen University. He earned a postdoctoral degree (phil. habil.) from DŸsseldorf. His research areas include the Roman Republic and early Christianity, as well as ancient and Hellenistic Egypt.

Daniel C. Peterson (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is associate professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University. He studied for several years in Jerusalem and Cairo. He is associate executive director and codirector of research for the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, where he is also editor of the FARMS Review and executive editor of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which includes the Islamic Translation Series and the Eastern Christian Texts series. He is the author of numerous articles on the subject of ancient scripture.

Michael D. Rhodes (M.S., University of New Mexico) is associate research professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He has done graduate work in Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University, the Freie Universitπt Berlin, and Oxford University and in archaeology at the University of Utah. He has worked at archaeological digs in G”za, Egypt, and Petra, Jordan. He is the author of The Hor Book of Breathings: A Translation and Commentary (Provo, UT: FARMS, 2002).