Kent P. Jackson

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Kent P. Jackson
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Jackson in 1982
Kent Phillips Jackson

(1949-08-09) August 9, 1949 (age 72)
Spouse(s)Nancy Porter
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisThe Ammonite Language of the Iron Age (1980)
Academic advisorsDavid Noel Freedman
Academic work
School or traditionMormonism
InstitutionsBrigham Young University

Kent Phillips Jackson (born 1949) is an American scholar who was a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University (BYU). He has written on Joseph Smith's translation of and commentary on the Bible.

Early life and education[edit]

Jackson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 9, 1949.[1] He received his bachelor's degree in ancient studies from Brigham Young University (BYU). Jackson holds a master's degree and a PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan.[2]


Jackson was a professor of religion at BYU from 1980 to June 2017 and taught courses on ancient scripture.[3] The courses he taught include the Old Testament, New Testament, and The Pearl of Great Price. He was interested in the common ground between the Bible and the beliefs and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also focused on the Middle East.[4]

Jackson was the associate dean of religious education at BYU. He was also the associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.[2] He was the chair of Near Eastern studies at BYU's David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.[4] Jackson was the regional president of the Society of Biblical Literature as well as the American Academy of Religion.[5]

He is the author and editor of many publications. He has edited works including A Witness for the Restoration and Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer. Jackson was also the editor of the 1996 publications of Solomon Spaulding's Manuscript Found.[2]

Selected publications[edit]





  1. ^ Elizabeth Ballif, Peter Hoyt, and John Murphy (2014). "Kent P. Jackson diaries". Prepared for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Provo, UT. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Jackson, Kent P." Religious Studies Center. Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ “About Kent P. Jackson,” The Interpreter Foundation, accessed October 1, 2021,
  4. ^ a b "Kent P. Jackson". Religious Education. Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on 8 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. ^ Jackson, Kent P. "Testimonies: Kent P. Jackson". Mormon Scholars Testify. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Kent P. Jackson". Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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