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 (LLM 1990). He practices public finance law with Kutak Rock LLP in Chicago.

Duane Boyce received his academic training in psychology, philosophy, and the clinical treatment of families. He received a PhD from Brigham Young University and conducted his postdoctoral study in developmental psychology at Harvard University. He is the coauthor of three books and is part-owner of a worldwide management consulting/training and educational firm headquartered in Salt Lake City.

Donald L. Enders is senior curator of Church Historic Sites for the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received a BA in history (with a minor in archaeology), an MS in history, and an MLS, all from Brigham Young University. He supervised the restoration of the Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site at Palmyra, New York, and the Times and Seasons printing building in Nauvoo, Illinois. He has published books about Latter-day Saint history and articles in BYU Studies, the Journal of Mormon History, and the Ensign.

James E. Faulconer, the Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University, earned a PhD in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and has taught at BYU 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.

Brant A. Gardner received an MS in anthropology from the State University of New York, Albany, specializing in Mesoamerican ethnohistory. Although earning a living as a sales consultant for a software firm, he has kept a finger in his academic first love, publishing articles on Nahuatl mythology and kinship. He is the author of Second Witness: An Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, published by Greg Kofford Books in 2007.

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, among other books, 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), People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture (2007), and When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Life in Western Thought (2009).

Alan Goff holds a BA and two MAs (English and political science) from Brigham Young University. He received his doctorate from the University at Albany in the Doctor of Arts Program in Humanistic Studies. He teaches humanities and social science classes as a professor of liberal arts and sciences at DeVry University in Phoenix.

Frederick M. Huchel earned a BS in zoology from Brigham Young University. His career included positions as executive director of the Utah Biomedical Industry Council and as director of the Utah International Medical Device Congress. He is currently the director of the Frithurex Athenæum, a research entity. He has published in the fields of history, biomedicine, and Mormon studies, the latter including “The Deseret Alphabet as an Aid in Pronouncing Book of Mormon Names,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9/1 (2000).

Jennifer L. Lund is manager of Church Historic Sites for the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She received a BA in English from the University of Utah and an MA in American history from Brigham Young University. She assisted in the restoration and development of exhibits for the Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site in Palmyra, New York. She has published articles and reviews in books and in BYU Studies and the Journal of Mormon History.

Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught history, specializing in American religious history, for thirty-five years. Among his numerous books is Righteous Empire, which won the National Book Award. He has also written on theological themes. For fifty years he was on the editorial staff of the Christian Century. His honors include the National Medal of Humanities, the Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and over seventy honorary doctorates. He lives in Chicago, where he pursues an active program of writing and speaking. His most recent book is The Christian World: A Global History.

Louis Midgley, who earned his PhD at Brown University, is a professor emeritus of political science at Brigham Young University.

George L. Mitton, after completing 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.

Steven L. Olsen received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago and currently works in the Presiding Bishopric’s Office of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has presented and published professionally in the fields of Mormon studies, museum studies, and urban history. He is currently working on a series of essays on the Book of Mormon from a literary perspective, including the one published in this number of the FARMS Review. He also serves on the boards of the Utah Humanities Council and American Society of Church History.

Daniel C. Peterson earned a PhD 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 serves as editor-in-chief the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (see meti.byu.edu).

John W. Welch is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he teaches various courses, including Perspectives on Jewish, Greek, and Roman Law in the New Testament. Since 1991 he has also served as the editor-in-chief of BYU Studies. He studied history and classical languages at Brigham Young University (BA, MA 1970), Greek philosophy at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford (1970–72), and law at Duke University (JD 1975). As founder of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, one of the editors for Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Mormonism, and codirector of the Masada and Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at BYU, he has published widely on biblical, early Christian, and Latter-day Saint topics.