John Tvedtnes, The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Reseach (FAIR), 2005, "Authentic Ancient Names and Words in the Book of Abraham and Related Kirtland Egyptian Papers"
The Book of Abraham contains many unusual and strange-sounding names. Since the critics believe that the book is the fictitious creation of Joseph's fecund imagination, these unusual names are seen as evidence (among the critics) of his creative literary skills. John Tvedtnes, specialist in Hebrew and Middle East studies, demonstrates, however, that Book of Abraham names have authentic ancient-world counterparts from the very area and era where the Book of Abraham claims to have originated.
John Tvedtnes is senior resident scholar at the BYU Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts. He earned a BA in anthropology, a graduate certificate in Middle East area studies, an MA in linguistics, and an MA in Hebrew at the University of Utah and did postgraduate work at the University of California (Berkeley) and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He taught for seventeen years at the University of Utah and the Salt Lake and Jerusalem centers of Brigham Young University. He has published nine books and more than 200 articles. While many of his writings have appeared in books, magazines, and journals for a Latter-day Saint audience, some of his works have been published by the University of Utah, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Journal of Near Eastern Studies. He is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in numerous positions, including a full-time mission in France and Switzerland and stake and district missions in Utah and Israel.
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