About the Contributors

Kevin L. Barney studied classics at Brigham Young University (BA 1982) before earning law degrees at the University of Illinois (JD 1985) and DePaul University (1990). With John H. Jenkins and John A. Tvedtnes, he wrote Footnotes to the New Testament for Latter-day Saints, a two-volume set of explanatory notes to the Authorized Version of the New Testament. He practices public finance law with Kutak Rock LLP in Chicago.

James E. Faulconer earned a PhD in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and has taught at Brigham Young University since 1975. At BYU he has served as chair of the Philosophy Department, dean of Undergraduate Studies, and associate director of the Faculty Center. He has published on the philosophy of psychology, contemporary European philosophy, and theology.

Craig L. Foster earned MA and MLIS degrees at Brigham Young University. He is currently a research specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He is the author of Penny Tracts and Polemics: A Critical Analysis of Anti-Mormon Pamphleteering in Great Britain, 1837—1860 as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.

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. 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.

David Grandy earned a PhD from Indiana University in the history and philosophy of science. A professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University, he has written on philosophical issues in science and religion.

Paula W. Hicken earned a BA degree in English from Brigham Young University and is an associate editor for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU.

Raphael Jospe received his PhD from Brandeis University. He lives in Jerusalem and teaches medieval Jewish philosophy at Bar-Ilan University. He served as professor of Jewish civilization at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and was the editor of the Jewish philosophy division (over 250 articles) of the new Encyclopaedia Judaica (second edition). His recent publications include a three-volume Hebrew history of Jewish philosophy in the Middle Ages. A two-volume collection of his articles, Jewish Philosophy: Foundations and Extensions (University Press of America), is currently in press.

Thomas E. (Ted) Lyon is a professor of Spanish American literature at Brigham Young University, where he directed the Latin American Studies program for many years. He is the author of four books and forty-eight articles dealing with the culture and literature in Latin America. He is currently serving as president of the Latter-day Saint temple in Santiago, Chile.

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 an MA degree in American literature from Brigham Young University, is a writer and editor with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU. 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).

John M. Murphy is associate curator for twentieth- and twenty-first-century Western and Mormon Americana in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

Gary F. Novak, MA, is webmaster at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.

Steven L. Olsen received his 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 and currently serves as an associate managing director of the Family and Church History Department. He has presented and published widely in the fields of Mormon studies and museum studies, has taught anthropology at Brigham Young University, and has served in a variety of professional service organizations, including the Western Museums Association, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Utah State Humanities Council, Utah Office of Museum Services, and American Society of Church History.

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).

Lawrence (Larry) Poulsen earned his PhD from the University of California at Riverside and recently retired from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was employed as a research scientist and lecturer in the field of biochemistry. He has published widely in the field of biochemical toxicity and protein structure. His conclusions on the influence of ancient and modern Mesoamerican culture on the interpretation of Book of Mormon geography appear on his Web site at http://www.poulsenll.org/bom/index.html.

John A. Tvedtnes holds MA degrees from the University of Utah in linguistics and Middle East studies (Hebrew). He recently 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 about 250 articles, including several previous articles on baptism for the dead.

Thomas A. Wayment is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He holds a PhD in New Testament studies from Claremont Graduate University and has published widely on a variety of New Testament issues. His particular interests are early Christian manuscripts both biblical and apocryphal, the life of the Savior, and the Apostle Paul.

Allen L. Wyatt, president of Discovery Computing Inc., is an internationally recognized expert in the computer and publishing industries. He has authored almost fifty books explaining many different facets of working with computers, as well as numerous magazine articles. Allen is also vice president of FAIR, the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (www.fairlds.org).