Kent P. Jackson
|Kent P. Jackson|
August 9, 1949 |
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Occupation||Professor, author, editor|
Early life and education
Jackson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 9, 1949. He received his bachelor's degree in ancient studies from BYU. Jackson holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.
Jackson is a Latter-day Saint. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsin Austria, arriving in Vienna in November 1968.:103 Among other church positions, he has served as a Sunday School teacher,:104 a Primary teacher, in the Bishopric, and on the Gospel Doctrine lesson-writing committee. After serving his mission, Jackson joined the Utah National Guard for six years.:100 He married Nancy Porter on June 18, 1975.:82 The couple has five children together: three daughters and two sons. Throughout his life, he has lived in Germany, Austria, and Israel.:65,99
Jackson is currently a professor at BYU, teaching ancient scripture. The courses he teaches include the Old Testament, New Testament, and The Pearl of Great Price. He is 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 focuses on the Middle East.
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. He was the chair of the Near Eastern Studies at BYU's David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. Jackson was the regional president of the Society of Biblical Literature as well as the American Academy of Religion. Jackson was also the regional secretary of the Society of Biblical Literature.:98
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.
- From Apostasy to Restoration (1996)
- The Restored Gospel and the Book of Genesis (2001)
- The Book of Moses and the Joseph Smith Translation Manuscripts (2005)
- Joseph Smith's Commentary on the Bible (2006)
- "'Watch and Remember': The New Testament and the Great Apostasy" in By Study and Also by Faith (1990)
- "Zenock" from To All the World (2000)
- "Scenes from Early Latter-day Saint History" in the Disciple as a Witness (2000)
- "The Beginnings of Christianity in the Book of Mormon" in The Book of Mormon: The Keystone Scripture (1988)
- "Are Christians Christians" in No Weapon Shall Prosper: New Light on Sensitive Issues (2011)
- "What Every Latter-day Saint Should Know about Islam" in Religious Educator 4, no. 2 (2003):9–23
- "Reprove, Betimes, and Sharpness in the Vocabulary of Joseph Smith" from Religious Educator 6, no. 2 (2005):97–104
- "Chapters, Verses, Punctuation, Spelling, and Italics in the King James Version" from Religious Educator 7, no. 2 (2006):41–64
- "Lessons from the Scriptures: A Conversation with Keith H. Meservy" from Religious Educator 10, no. 2 (2009):67–76
- "Early Signs of the Apostasy", Ensign, December 1984, p. 8
- 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.
- "Jackson, Kent P.". Religious Studies Center. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- Jackson, Kent P. "1993 Journal" [Print]. Kent P. Jackson diaries, Box: 2. Provo, Utah: L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University.
- Jackson, Kent P. "1985 Journal" (June 18, 1985) [Print]. Kent P. Jackson diaries, Box: 1. Provo, Utah: L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University.
- Jackson, Kent P. "1996 Journal" (28 Jan 1996). Kent P. Jackson diaries, Box: 2. Provo, Utah: L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University.
- "Kent P. Jackson". Religious Education. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- Jackson, Kent P. "Testimonies: Kent P. Jackson". Mormon Scholars Testify. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- "Kent P. Jackson". Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- Kent P. Jackson diaries, MSS 7577 at L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University. Access restricted until 2035.
- Religious Studies Center list of publications
- page about Manuscript Found
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