About the Contributors

James B. Allen (PhD, University of Southern California) is Lemuel H. Redd Professor of Western History emeritus at Brigham Young University and former assistant church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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. Bokovoy is a Hugh Nibley Fellow and an LDS institute instructor at the Boston Institute of Religion.

M. Gerald Bradford (PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara) is associate executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University.

Alison V. P. Coutts (MA, Brigham Young University) is assistant executive director and director of publications for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University.

James E. Faulconer (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University, associate director of the Faculty Center, and former dean of Undergraduate Studies. His recent works include editing Transcendence in Religion and Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2003) and Appropriating Heidegger (with Mark Wrathall, Cambridge University Press, 2000), and he is the author of Romans 1: Notes and Reflections (FARMS, 1999) and Tools for Scripture Study (FARMS, 1999).

Brant A. Gardner (MA, SUNY, Albany) is a consultant for a privately held software firm in New York. He has published articles on Nahuatl mythology and kinship and has formal training in Mesoamerican studies.

John Gee (PhD, Yale University) is William (Bill) Gay Associate Research Professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He serves on the board of trustees of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities and has published several articles on the Book of Abraham facsimiles in Egyptological venues. His latest two publications are “Non-Round Hypocephali,” in Aegyptus et Pannonia III (MEBT-ÓEB Comité de l’Égypte Ancienne de l’Association Amicale Hongroise-Égyptienne, 2006), 41-58; and “The Use of the Daily Temple Liturgy in the Book of the Dead,” in Totenbuch-Forschungen: Gesammelte Beiträge des 2. Internationalen Totenbuch-Symposiums, Bonn, 25.-29. September 2005 (Harrassowitz, 2007), 73-86.

Terryl L. Givens (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a professor of literature and religion and holds the James A. Bostwick Chair of English at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (1997); By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture That Launched a New World Religion (2002); and a forthcoming book on Mormon cultural history, all from Oxford University Press.

William J. Hamblin (PhD, University of Michigan) is a professor of history at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC (Routledge, 2006), and, coauthor with David Seely of Solomon’s Temple: Myth and History (Thames and Hudson, 2007).

Ralph C. Hancock (PhD, Harvard University) is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He edited and contributed to America, the West, and Liberal Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), and wrote Calvin and the Foundations of Modern Politics (Cornell University Press, 1989). He is now completing a book on Philosophy and the Common Good: Recovering the Humanity of Thinking.

Michael S. Heiser (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an evangelical scholar who currently serves as academic editor for Logos Bible Software in Bellingham, Washington. He has written several scholarly articles relating to the focus of his research, Israelite religion and biblical theology. His dissertation was entitled “The Divine Council in Late Canonical and Non-Canonical Second Temple Jewish Literature.”

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.

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).

Jacob D. Rawlins earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University and is currently working on a master’s degree in public administration. He works as the production coordinator for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Mormon Scholarship at BYU.

Stephen D. Ricks (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union) is a professor of Hebrew and cognate learning at Brigham Young University. He has published a Lexicon of Inscriptional Qatabanian with the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

John L. Sorenson (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is a professor emeritus of anthropology at Brigham Young University.

Alyson Skabelund Von Feldt has a master of organizational behavior and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, both degrees received at Brigham Young University. She is currently a stay-at-home mom. Her paper “My Secret Is with the Righteous: Instructional Wisdom in the Book of Mormon” is forthcoming in the FARMS Occasional Papers.

Richard N. Williams (PhD, Purdue University) is an associate academic vice president at Brigham Young University. He has published in the theory and philosophical foundations of psychology. Among other works, he has coauthored or edited the following works: James E. Faulconer and Richard N. Williams, Reconsidering Psychology: Perspectives from Continental Philosophy (Duquesne University Press, 1990); Brent D. Slife and Richard N. Williams, What’s Behind the Research? Discovering Hidden Assumptions in the Behavioral Sciences (Sage Publications, 1995); and Edwin E. Gantt and Richard N. Williams, Psychology for the Other: Levinas, Ethics and the Practice of Psychology (Duquesne University Press, 2002).