The title of this year’s symposium is “Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith’s Study of the Ancient World.On Thursday, March 7, the conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the keynote speaker, Richard L. Bushman in the Herold B. Lee Library auditorium on the BYU Campus in Provo. The symposium will continue in the same location until 4:30. Papers will be given addressing Joseph Smith’s reading of ancient Jewish and Christian texts, his interactions with the scholars of his day, and his interest in the ancient Americas. At 7:00 p.m. the plenary session, held in the Joseph Smith Building (JSB) auditorium (south end of BYU campus), will feature remarks by Elder Steven E. Snow, the new Church historian and recorder, and a plenary address by David F. Holland, professor of history at UNLV.

On Friday, March 8, the conference will continue in Salt Lake City at the LDS conference center’s little theater. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Presentations will address Joseph Smith’s study of the Bible, contemporary biblical commentaries, and biblical languages, and his relationship to 19th-century Egyptology.

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