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Kent P. Jackson

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Department: Ancient Scripture

Title: Professor

Office: 365A JSB

Phone number: (801) 422-3139

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Bio: Kent P. Jackson is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from BYU with a B.A. in ancient studies. He then earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in ancient Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan. He joined the BYU faculty in 1980.

Dr. Jackson has two primary academic interests. The first is the intersection of the Bible and Latter-day Saint history and beliefs. The second is the Middle East—ancient, medieval, and modern. He is a former chair of Near Eastern Studies at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU and former associate dean of Religious Education. He has been a faculty member at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies five times.

Dr. Jackson has authored several books and articles. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, and wildflower photography.

He and his wife, Nancy, live in Orem, Utah, and are the parents of five children and nine grandchildren.

Courses Taught: Old Testament, New Testament, Pearl of Great Price, Islam and the Gospel

Areas of Research: Ancient Near East, ancient and modern scriptures, and the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible