About the Contributors

About the Contributors

Robert Stephen Boylan studied anthropology at the
Pontifical University of Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland, and has completed
MA work in biblical scholarship. His areas of specialty include the temple,
open theism, and the use of Old Testament Wisdom texts in the New Testament and
connections to the person of Jesus Christ.

John Gee earned a PhD in Egyptology from Yale University.
He is currently the 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.

Ben McGuire is a systems administrator at Meadow Brook
Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, Michigan. His special interest is in
literary connections between the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon and the
larger issue of demonstrating intentionality in literary borrowing and

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. He has worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints for his entire career, serving currently as senior curator
for the Church History Department. He has presented and published professionally
in the fields of Mormon studies, museum studies, and urban history. He is
working on a series of essays on the Book of Mormon from a literary
perspective, including the one published in this issue of the FARMS Review.
He also serves on the boards of the Utah Humanities Council and American
Society of Church History.

Ugo A. Perego is a senior researcher and the director of
operations for the nonprofit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation in Salt
Lake City, Utah. He is also an adjunct faculty member in biology at Salt Lake
Community College. He holds a PhD in human genetics from the University of
Pavia, Italy. He has presented and published extensively on the application of
DNA pertaining to population migrations and expansions, genealogy and ancestry,
and historical events, including events in LDS 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
directs the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (see meti.byu.edu).

Gregory L. Smith studied research physiology and English
at the University of Alberta before receiving his MD degree. When he is not
practicing rural family medicine or training junior physicians, his research
interests center on LDS plural marriage and the intersection of biology, the
history of science, and faith.

Gaye Strathearn received a PhD in religion (New
Testament) from Claremont Graduate University. She is an associate professor of
ancient scripture at Brigham Young University specializing in New Testament and
Christian origins.

John A. Tvedtnes holds MA degrees from the University of
Utah in linguistics and Middle East studies (Hebrew). He 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 more
than three hundred articles.

John W. Welch is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at
Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he teaches courses
on law in the New Testament. He serves as chair of the section of the Society
of Biblical Literature for Latter-day Saints and the Bible, and he is coauthor
of Charting the New Testament. Since 1991 he
has served as editor in chief of BYU Studies. He studied at
Brigham Young, Oxford, and Duke Universities. The founder of FARMS and general
editor of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, he has published widely on
biblical, early Christian, and Latter-day Saint topics.