2013 BYU Church History Symposium

Approaching Antiquity:

Joseph Smith’s Study of the Ancient World

BYU CHURCH HISTORY SYMPOSIUM

March 7–8, 2013

 

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Thursday, March 7 – Brigham Young University (Provo)

9:00-10:00 a.m. (HBLL Auditorium): Key Note Address

            Lincoln H. Blumell (Ancient Scripture, BYU), Welcome (10min)      

       Watch this talk on YouTube Richard L. Bushman (History, Columbia University), “The Academic Study of Antiquity in Antebellum America” (45min)

10:15-11:45 (HBLL Auditorium): Scholars, Scripts, and Folklore of Antiquity

            Andrew H. Hedges (LDS Church History Department), Moderator

        Watch this talk on YouTube Richard E. Bennett (Church History, BYU), “‘To The Most Learned Men of this Generation’: Martin Harris and His Visits East, 1828” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Michael Hubbard MacKay (LDS Church History Department), “‘Git Them Translated’: Joseph Smith, Ancient Characters, and Translating the Plates” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Steven C. Harper (LDS Church History Department), “Joseph Smith’s Relationships to Hermeticism and Masonry” (25min)

            Richard L. Bushman (History, Columbia University), Respondent (15min)

12:00-1:15 Break for Lunch

1:30-3:30 (HBLL Auditorium): Joseph Smith and Ancient Texts

            Matthew J. Grey (Ancient Scripture, BYU), Moderator

        Watch this talk on YouTube Jared Ludlow (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “Joseph Smith’s Reading of Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Lincoln H. Blumell (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “What has Palmyra to do with Jerusalem? Joseph Smith and the Writings of Flavius Josephus” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Thomas A. Wayment (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “Joseph Smith and Early Christian Apocrypha” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Kristian S. Heal (Maxwell Institute, BYU), “Joseph Smith and the Early Church Fathers” (25min)

            Benjamin E. Park (History, University of Cambridge), Respondent (15min)

3:45-4:45 (HBLL Auditorium): Joseph Smith’s Interest in the Ancient Americas

            Andrew H. Hedges (LDS Church History Department), Moderator

        Watch this talk on YouTube Mark Alan Wright (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “Joseph Smith and Native American Artifacts” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Matthew Roper (Maxwell Institute, BYU), “Joseph Smith and the Ruins: Central American Archaeology and Early Views about the Book of Mormon” (25min)

            Andrew H. Hedges (LDS Church History Department), Respondent (10min)

5:00-6:30 Break for Dinner

7:00-8:30 (JSB Auditorium): Plenary Session

            Elder Steven E. Snow (Church Historian and Recorder), Conducting

            Opening Song, “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise”         

            Special Musical Number, “If You Could Hie to Kolob”

        Watch this talk on YouTube David F. Holland (History, UNLV), “The Prophet, His Contemporaries, and the Ancients: Prophethood and the Past in Comparative Perspective” (50min)

Friday, March 8 – LDS Conference Center Little Theater (Salt Lake City)

9:00-11:45 a.m.: Joseph Smith, the Bible, and 19th Century Biblical Scholarship

            Steven C. Harper (LDS Church History Department), Moderator

        Watch this talk on YouTube Kent P. Jackson (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “Joseph Smith and the Bible” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Nicholas J. Frederick (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “Joseph Smith and the Gospel of John” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Justin R. Bray (LDS Church History Department), “The Seventy Disciples in Early 19th Century Christian Thought” (25min)

Break (10min)

            Samuel Brown (Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of Utah School of Medicine), “The Prisca Theology in Early Mormonism” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Matthew B. Bowman (Religion, Hampden-Sydney College), “Joseph Smith and 19th c. Biblical Commentaries” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube David F. Holland (History, UNLV), Respondent (20min)

12:00-1:30: Break for Lunch

1:45-3:15: Joseph Smith’s Study of Biblical Languages

            Lincoln H. Blumell (Ancient Scripture, BYU), Moderator

        Watch this talk on YouTube Matthew J. Grey (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “‘The Word of God in the Original’: Joseph Smith’s Study of Hebrew and its Impact on His Translations, Thought, and Theology” (25min)

            Craig K. Manscill (Church History, BYU), “‘By the Help of God I Can Read in the Hebrew Bible’: Hyrum Smith’s Study of Hebrew” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube John W. Welch (Law, BYU), “Joseph Smith’s Awareness of Greek and Latin” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Kevin L. Barney (Independent Scholar), Respondent (15min)

3:30-5:00: Joseph Smith and 19th Century Egyptology

            Lincoln H. Blumell (Ancient Scripture, BYU), Moderator

        Watch this talk on YouTube John Gee (Maxwell Institute, BYU), “Joseph Smith and Ancient Egypt” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube Kerry Muhlestein (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “Joseph Smith and Egyptian Artifacts: Towards a Preliminary Paradigm for Evaluating Prophetic and Mundane Ideas Regarding Aspects of the Ancient World” (25min)

            Brian M. Hauglid (Ancient Scripture, BYU), “‘Endowed with a Knowledge of Hidden Languages’: Joseph Smith and the Egyptian Project” (25min)

        Watch this talk on YouTube John S. Thompson (Egyptology, University of Pennsylvania), Respondent (15min)

 

Symposium Committee

Lincoln H. Blumell (Co-Chair), Department of Ancient Scripture

Matthew J. Grey (Co-Chair), Department of Ancient Scripture

Steven C. Harper, LDS Church History Department

Andrew H. Hedges, LDS Church History Department

Linda Godfrey (Secretary), Department of Church History and Doctrine

 

Jointly Sponsored by

The Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University

The Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints