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Kent P. Jackson (born 1949) is a professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University (BYU) who has written on Joseph Smith's translation of and commentary on the Bible.

Kent P. Jackson
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Jackson teaching from the 1982 Banyan
Born (1949-08-09) August 9, 1949 (age 70)
OccupationProfessor, author, editor
Spouse(s)Nancy Porter

Early life and educationEdit

Jackson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 9, 1949.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3]

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 the Near Eastern Studies at BYU's David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.[3] Jackson was the regional president of the Society of Biblical Literature as well as the American Academy of Religion.[4]

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 publicationsEdit





  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. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Kent P. Jackson". Religious Education. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ Jackson, Kent P. "Testimonies: Kent P. Jackson". Mormon Scholars Testify. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Kent P. Jackson". Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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