About the Contributors

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

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
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
(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

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.