Kent P. Jackson retired in June 2017 as a professor of religion at Brigham
Young University, where he had taught since 1980. He has a BA in Ancient
Studies from BYU and MA and PhD degrees in Near Eastern studies from
the University of Michigan. His research interests include the Near East
and the intersection of Mormonism and the Bible. He has authored or
edited Joseph Smith’s Commentary on the Bible; Joseph Smith’s New
Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts; and A Bible Reader’s
History of the Ancient World. Professor Jackson is a former associate dean of religion and former associate director of the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.