Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith and the Ancient World

by Lincoln H. Blumell, Matthew J. Grey, Andrew H. Hedges


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A collection of essays by prominent LDS scholars—including Richard Bushman and David Holland—Approaching Antiquity discusses the interest in the ancient world shared by Joseph Smith and the early Latter-day Saints. Topics include Joseph Smith's fascination with the ancient Americas, his interaction with the Bible, his study of Hebrew and Greek, his reading of Jewish and Christian apocryphal writings, and his work with the Book of Abraham in the context of 19th-century Egyptology. Together, these essays demonstrate that Joseph Smith's interests in antiquity played an important role in his prophetic development as he sought to recover ancient scripture, restore the ancient Church, and bring the Latter-day Saints into fellowship with the sacred past.

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PublishedDeseret Book and RSC BYU 2015

About the Authors

Lincoln H. Blumell

Lincoln H. Blumell is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in the Department for the Study of Religion in 2009. He also holds a MSt from the University of Oxford (Christ Church) and an MA and BA from the University of Calgary. His research focus is Christianity in the Roman and Byzantine periods with a special emphasis on Christianity in Egypt and Greek papyrology.

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Matthew J. Grey

Matthew J. Grey received a BA from BYU, an MA from Andrews University, an MS from Oxford, and a PhD in archaeology and the history of ancient Judaism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Grey has worked with archaeological excavations in Jordan and Israel and is currently an area supervisor on the Huqoq Excavation Project in Galilee.

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Andrew H. Hedges

Andrew H. Hedges is an associate professor in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU and an editor for the Joseph Smith Papers.

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