|HEADLINERS:Kent Jackson, Ph.D.|
Kent P. Jackson retired in 2017 as a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. Born in Salt Lake City, Jackson received a BA in ancient studies from BYU and MA and PhD degrees in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. He is a former director of BYU’s Near Eastern Studies program and a former associate dean of Religious Education. In 2010–13 he lived in Jerusalem while serving as associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He and his wife, Nancy, have five children.