Contributors

Ehab Abunawara, born in Nazareth, Israel, received an M.A. from Haifa University and a Ph.D. in social psychology from BYU. He currently works as an implementation consultant for a software company.

Valentin Arts studied at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, where he received an M.A. in history, and at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He focused on archival research dealing with early modern Peru. He currently teaches at Rythovius College, Eersel, the Netherlands.

C. Gary Bennett is an institute instructor for the Church Educational System in Logan, Utah. He is a former member of the CES College Curriculum staff and of the Materials Evaluation Committee of the Correlation Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

John L. Clark received his M.A. in history from BYU. He recently retired after a 38-year career with the Church Educational System. His assignments included teaching at the Tucson Institute of Religion and, most recently, directing the West Lafayette Institute of Religion adjacent to Purdue University and acting as a CES coordinator for northern Indiana.

Ronald D. Dennis, a professor of Portuguese at BYU, is also an authority on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wales. His recent focus in that area has been on producing facsimile translations of 70 Welsh missionary publications from the 1840s and 1850s.

James E. Faulconer received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and is currently a professor of philosophy at BYU.

John Gee earned a Ph.D. in Egyptology from Yale University and is the William “Bill” Gay Assistant Research Professor of Egyptology at BYU’s Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts.

Cynthia L. Hallen is associate professor of linguistics and adjunct associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU. She specializes in the fields of lexicography, exegesis, and philology.

Brian M. Hauglid is an assistant professor of ancient scripture at BYU and holds a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Utah.

Mike Homer is vice president and a managing partner of a law firm in Salt Lake City. In 1997 he was appointed to the Board of State History by Governor Michael Leavitt.

Paul Hoskisson, associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU, is an expert in Near Eastern languages. His Ph.D. from Brandeis University is in Assyriology. He is manager of the FARMS onomasticon project, which seeks to provide in-depth information on names in the Nephite scripture by drawing on scholarly studies on the Near East.

Richard McClellan graduated as valedictorian in 2000 from BYU, where his interests in church history culminated in a biography of Louis Bertrand. His M.B.A. is from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He works as a business consultant with a management consulting firm and is on the board of Mormon Historical Studies.

Martin Raish is director of the David O. McKay Library at BYU—Idaho. He received an M.A. in library and information science from BYU and a Ph.D. in pre-Columbian art history from the University of New Mexico. He enjoys blending his love for ancient art and archaeology with his profession of librarianship and his curiosity about the Book of Mormon.

Gilbert Scharffs is a graduate of the University of Utah and New York University. He received a Ph.D. from BYU in Bible and modern scripture and history of religion. He taught at BYU and the Salt Lake University Institute of Religion, where he served as its director.

Camille Williams practices law in Provo, Utah, and teaches a family law course for undergraduates at BYU. Her research and publishing interests include women’s and family issues.

Diane E. Wirth received her B.A. in art from BYU. A researcher and author of two books, she has traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America. Her specialty is Mesoamerican iconography, religion, and mythology.