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Jan J Martin

Associate Professor
Ancient Scripture

Continuing Education
Provo, UT 84602


Born: San Diego, CA

Raised: Albuquerque, NM and Holladay, UT; graduated from Skyline High School

Mission for LDS Church: Richmond, Virginia

Married to: Jared Martin

Bachelor’s Degree: Brigham Young University: Physical Education K-12 Teaching with a minor in German Teaching (1994)

Master’s Degrees: Brigham Young University: Exercise Physiology (1997); University of York, UK: Early Modern History (2008)

PhD: University of York, UK: Sixteenth-century English Bible Translation; focus on early English reformers (2011)

Previous career: Taught as adjunct faculty at BYU in the Physical Education Department (1997-2001); Taught for LDS Seminaries & Institutes for 5 years: 1 year at Timpview High School (2002-2003), 3 years at Spanish Fork High School (2003-2006), 1 year at Provo High (2006-2007)

Classes taught for BYU Religious Education: Teachings and Doctrines of the Book of Mormon, First-half of the Book of Mormon, Second-half of the Book of Mormon, The New Testament Gospels

Research interests: Early English translations of the Bible; early English reformers such as William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, and John Frith; King James translation of the Bible; development of the language of English theology


“The Prophet Nephi and the Covenantal Nature of Cut-off, Cursed, Skin of Blackness, and Loathsome,” in Charles Swift and Nicholas Frederick (eds.), They Shall Grow Together: The Bible in the Book of Mormon (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2022) 107–141.

“The Congregation and Church of England? William Tyndale’s approach to lexical and ecclesiological reform between 1525 and 1535,” Moreana 59.1 (2022): 66–95.

“The Resurrection and Recovering from Disillusionment,” in The Power of Christ’s Deliverance (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Spring 2022), 91–113.

“William Tyndale, Joseph Smith, and the King James Version’s James 1:5,” The Journal of Mormon History vol. 47, no. 4 (October 2021): 109–117.

“Samuel the Lamanite: Confronting the Wall of Nephite Prejudice,” in Charles Swift & Nicholas Frederick (eds.) Samuel the Lamanite: That Ye Might Believe (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2021), 127–152.

“The King James Translation of the New Testament,” in Lincoln Blumell (ed.) New Testament History, Culture, and Society: A Background to the Texts of the New Testament (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2019), 658 – 690.

“Theological Value of the King James Language in the Book of Mormon,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (September 2018) 88–124.

“William Tyndale as remembered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” in Klaus Fitschen, Marianne Schröter, Christopher Spehr and Ernst-Joachim Waschke (eds.) in collaboration with Mathias Sonnleithner and Katrin Stöck: Kulturelle Wirkungen der Reformation – Cultural Impact of the Reformation. Kongressdokumentation Lutherstadt Wittenberg August 2017. Volumes I and II. Leipzig (Evangelische Verlagsanstalt) 2018, 93–103.

“William Tyndale, John Foxe, and the ‘Boy that Driveth the Plough,’” Religious Educator, vol. 17, no.2, June 2016

“Letting English Words Stand: Thomas More, William Tyndale and the Common Expression of English Theology,” Archive for Reformation History.Jahrgang 106 [December 2015], 92-114.

“Cuthbert Tunstal, Thomas More, John Fisher, and the Burning of William Tyndale’s 1526 New Testament,’ Reformation, vol. 18, no.1, December 2013, 84-105.

Languages: German

Other interests and hobbies: I enjoy an active lifestyle and participate regularly in many different sports with my husband: racquetball, tennis, pickle Jball, cycling, volleyball, weight lifting, and kayaking. We also enjoy taking walks and hiking all over the beautiful state of Utah whenever we have a chance. My husband is from England and that means we often return across the pond to visit family and enjoy the beautiful English countryside. I love teaching and researching and really enjoy becoming more knowledgeable so that I might assist the wonderful students that come through BYU.

Research Interests

Jan is interested in the history of the words of English theological expression, the early English reformers, and in the history of the translation of the King James Bible

Teaching Interests

Jan enjoys teaching any of the standard works, but especially loves the Book of Mormon. She also enjoys the New Testament, especially when she gets to teach the history behind how we obtained an English translation.

Courses Taught

Jan J Martin