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 received a BA in classical and early Christian studies from the University of Calgary, an MA from the University of Calgary in religious studies (ancient Christianity), and MSt from Oxford (Christ Church) in Jeweish studies, and a PhD from the University of Toronto in religious studies (early Christianity). Before coming to BYU, he held a visiting assistant professorship in the Department of Classical Studies at Tulane University in new Orleans. He is associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU.

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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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