About the Contributors

Mark Ashurst-McGee received a master of arts degree from Utah State University. He is currently a research historian and documentary editor for the Joseph Smith Papers Project, Division of Research and Development, Department of Family and Church History, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His thesis, “A Pathway to Prophethood: Joseph Smith Junior as Rodsman, Village Seer, and Judeo-Christian Prophet,” was the winner of a Reese History Award from the Mormon History Association in 2000. He is a doctoral candidate majoring in history at Arizona State University.

David E. Bokovoy is a doctoral student in Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East at Brandeis University. He coauthored Testaments: Links between the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew Bible.

John M. Butler holds a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia and is the author of eighty research articles and book chapters on human DNA, including essays on Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA as applied to human-identity testing. He has received a number of awards in the field of forensic genetics and is the author of the award-winning textbook Forensic DNA Typing, now in its second edition. In July 2002, Butler received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President George W. Bush in a White House ceremony for his work in pioneering modern forensic DNA testing. He is currently employed as a research chemist in the Biochemical Science Division at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he directs a project team developing new DNA technologies for forensic and human-identity applications.

Thomas W. Draper has a PhD in developmental psychology from Emory University. He is a professor and graduate coordinator in the Marriage, Family, and Human Development program in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University.

John Gee earned a PhD in Egyptology from Yale University. He is currently William (Bill) Gay Associate Research Professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. His numerous recent publications include “Prophets, Initiation and the Egyptian Temple,” Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 31 (2004): 97–107; “S3 mi nn: A Temporary Conclusion,” Göttinger Miszellen 202 (2004): 55–58; “Trial Marriage in Ancient Egypt? P. Louvre E 7846 Reconsidered,” in Res severa verum gaudium, ed. Friedrich Hoffmann and Günther Vittmann (Leuven: Peeters, 2004), 223–31; “Context Matters,” review of The “Mithras Liturgy”: Text, Translation and Commentary, by Hans Dieter Betz, in Review of Biblical Literature (March 2006).

Brian M. Hauglid earned a PhD in Middle East studies with an emphasis on Arabic from the University of Utah. He is currently an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He has served as coeditor for Traditions about the Early Life of Abraham and Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant.

Paul Y. Hoskisson earned a PhD in ancient Near Eastern studies from Brandeis University and is currently Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University. He edited Historicity and Latter-day Saint Scriptures and Sperry Symposium Classics: The Old Testament and has contributed several articles to the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies.

Michael D. Jibson received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco, and his MD from the University of California, Davis. He completed his psychiatric residency and neuroscience fellowship at Stanford University. He is an associate professor of psychiatry and director of Residency Education at the University of Michigan. He reviewed Robert D. Anderson’s Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith: Psychobiography and the Book of Mormon in FARMS Review of Books 14/1 (2002): 223–60.

Lindsey Kenny is a research assistant and a senior in the Marriage, Family, and Human Development program in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University.

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.

Larry E. Morris, who has a master’s degree in American literature from Brigham Young University, is a writer and editor with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. Among his works are The Fate of the Corps: What Became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers after the Expedition (Yale, 2004), “Oliver Cowdery’s Vermont Years and the Origins of Mormonism” (BYU Studies 39/1), and “Oliver Cowdery and His Critics” (FARMS Review 15/1).

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 (see meti.byu.edu).

Shirley S. Ricks has a PhD in family sciences from Brigham Young University and is a senior editor at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University, with particular assignments working on the FARMS Review and the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley.

Stephen D. Ricks has a joint PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union in Near Eastern religions. He is a professor of Hebrew and cognate learning at Brigham Young University. He has edited Festschrift volumes in honor of Hugh Nibley, Richard Lloyd Anderson, and Truman G. Madsen; prepared an annotated bibliography on Western-language literature on pre-Islamic central Arabia and a bibliography on temples of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world; and has published a lexicon of inscriptional Qatabanian with the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

Frank B. Salisbury earned a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He has taught at Pomona College, Colorado State University, and Utah State University. He is a professor emeritus of plant physiology at Utah State University. His numerous publications include Truth by Reason and by Revelation (Deseret Book, 1965); Vascular Plants: Form and Function, with Robert V. Parke (Palgrave Macmillan, 1973); The Creation (Deseret Book, 1976); Plant Physiology, 3rd ed. (Wadsworth, 1985); and Units, Symbols, and Terminology for Plant Physiology: A Reference for Presentation of Research Results in the Plant Sciences (Oxford, 1996). His latest work, The Case for Divine Design: Cells, Complexity, and Creation, has just appeared from Cedar Fort Books.

Richard Sherlock earned a PhD from Harvard and has taught at the University of Tennessee, Northeastern University, McGill University, and, as a professor of moral theology, at Fordham University in New York City. He is currently a professor of philosophy at Utah State University. He has written on medical ethics, ethics and biotechnology, history of philosophy, philosophical theology, political philosophy and Mormon history. His latest book, Nature’s End: The Theological Meaning of the Life Sciences, is forthcoming.

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. He has published several books and a number of articles on Analogical Modeling, a theory of language description.

David G. Stewart Jr. has an MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is currently a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ted Vaggalis received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He is currently an associate professor of philosophy and interdisciplinary studies at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. His areas of specialization are political philosophy and contemporary continental philosophy.

John S. Welch is a retired attorney living in La Canada, California. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1948 and practiced his entire career in the Los Angeles–based firm of Latham & Watkins.