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John A. Tvedtnes

Meet Author John A. Tvedtnes

John A. Tvedtnes John A. Tvedtnes, senior resident scholar at the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, Brigham Young University, earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Utah in 1969. He received a master's degree in linguistics and Middle East Studies (Hebrew), with minors in Arabic, anthropology, and archeology, from the University of Utah. Tvedtnes also completed much of his course work for a Ph.D. in Egyptian and SEmitic languages at the Hebrew University Tvedtnes is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the World Union of Jewish Studies, and the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations. Tvedtnes has prepared papers at conferences sponsored by many societies and organizations, including the Society for Early Historic Archaeology, the Society of Biblical Literature and the Deseret Languages and Linguistics Society. Born in North Dakota, Tvedtnes has lived in Montana, Washington, France, Switzerland, and Israel. He served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France and Switzerland. He has also served as a stake and district missionary in Salt Lake City and Jerusalem. Tvedtnes has six children and several grandchildren. His wife's name is Carol.

Author's Published Articles
2013-12-17

It is said that “Christmas comes but once a year,” but God expects us to honor his Son every day. ...

2013-12-11

Christ was born when the lambs were born in ancient Israel....

2013-12-09

Quiz yourself on the details of the Christmas story at this, the most wonderful time of the year. I will send you a new author...

2011-10-04

The idea of protective garb recurs as an important theme in scripture....

2011-05-17

The day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem is still remembered in our day by the Christian celebration of “Palm Sunda...

2011-04-19

This is a supplement to Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17....

2011-02-25

One of the distinguishing features of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the belief that there can be no Church...

2010-01-08

Taking upon Us the Name of Christ ...

2009-11-26

The Articles and Covenants of the Church (D&C 20) ...

2009-11-26

Priesthood Offices (D&C 20, 68, 107) ...

2009-09-20

Although Latter-day Saints are used to seeing the Book of Mormon used by outsiders as an object of derision, there are many cre...

2009-08-20

The King James Version is the official Bible translation used by the Church, but readers are sometimes confused by the language...

2009-04-28

Endowed with Power from on High (D&C 109) ...

2009-04-27

Mortality is a testing-ground, a place of training where we learn to do God's work. If we cannot care of the earth and God's cr...

2009-04-27

What kind of man was this Pilate who washed his hands at Christ's trial? A man with a past....

2009-04-27

Perhaps no officer in the restored Church wears as many hats as the bishop ... But it was not always so....

2009-04-27

How can such an enlightened people come to believe in idols made by the hands of men? Is it reasonable to expect that people wh...

2009-04-27

In Joseph Smith's day, deacons and teachers were not considered to hold the "Aaronic priesthood," nor were elders considered to...

2009-04-27

Both Pharaoh and Abraham claimed patriarchal authority. What made the difference is that Abraham had the ancient records of "th...

2009-04-27

"Translated bodies cannot enter into rest until they have undergone a change equivalent to death. Translated bodies are designe...

2009-04-27

I have often thought of the devil as a blind guide leading the blind until they both fall into the chasm. He prompts us to foll...

2009-04-27

What is there about Moses that ties him so closely to Elijah? This chart will compare the activities of the two men....

2009-04-27

The question for all men is what we should make of this nineteenth-century farmer whose teachings spanned the centuries, from a...

2009-04-27

Some experts believe there is "strong evidence that at least nine different founding lineage haplotypes entered the New World,"...

2009-04-27

Haplotype 1C, found among many Native Americans (134 of 374 tested, or 36%), is well-attested among Jewish men. While only 7% o...

2009-04-27

The DNA issue, insofar as Lamanites and other descendants of Lehi are concerned, is another red herring....

2009-04-27

It is certainly a good thing for the excellency and veracity of the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon, that the ruins o...

2009-04-27

With the New Year celebration behind us, we are five years past the beginning of a new millennium. Or are we? Our calendar syst...

2009-04-27

The Bible is perhaps the most widely-read book in history, yet misconceptions about its contents abound, particularly when it c...

2009-04-27

Have you ever thought how different the stories of the Bible would be if the Bible lands had been located in Florida or Brazil?...

2009-04-27

Knowing about Bedouin life can help us understand the Bible, and especially the cultural milieu of the patriarchs....

2009-04-27

In preparation for the 2007 Gospel Doctrine class study of the New Testament, three LDS scholars have posted their "Footnotes t...

2009-04-27

We thought that President Lee would tell us that we needed to hold a disciplinary council for this sister. Instead, he said, "B...

2009-04-27

March 17th is Saint Patrick's Day. But did you know that this isn't his real name and he's not even from Ireland?...

2009-04-27

Among the more intriguing figures in the scriptures are the wise men who visited the infant Jesus....

2009-04-27

The Book of Mormon teaches a number of things about the spirit and body of human beings that are not known from elsewhere in th...

2009-04-27

Just what does "curious" mean when we see it in scriptures?...

2009-04-27

The admiration of physically powerful men was probably brought to the New World by both the Jaredites and later Book of Mormon ...

2009-04-27

Although Latter-day Saints are used to seeing the Book of Mormon used by outsiders as an object of derision, there are many cre...

2009-04-27

The Book of Mormon teaches the great lesson that we will be delivered from our enemies as long as we trust in the Lord. Convers...

2009-04-27

Exactly how numerous were the Nephites and Lamanites who populated the Book of Mormon? Is there any way to tell?...

2009-04-27

A Meridian reader wants to know if Jacob was a prophet in the traditional sense. Here is her answer (with help from Brigham You...

2009-04-27

Latter-day Saints sometimes think that we do not believe in the concept of "original sin" found in Christianity. Actually, the ...

2009-04-27

Misconceptions abound concerning the text of the Book of Mormon, among both Latter-day Saints and others....

2009-04-27

The Lord put numerous factors into play, including the invention of the printing press and a volcano in Indonesia, to put thing...

2009-04-27

The King James Version is the official Bible translation used by the Church, but readers are sometimes confused by the language...

2009-04-27

There are nearly 400 references to mothers in the Bible. One of the earliest human titles in the Bible is that of "mother."...

2009-04-27

At this Christmas season, we rejoice that Christ sets the captives free. Early Christian and Jewish texts discuss Christ's visi...

2009-04-27

Hezekiah was noted as a righteous king, particularly in comparison with most of the other rulers of Judah. He had a good workin...

2009-04-27

Aside from the Pentateuch (the first five books, attributed to Moses), no book of the Old Testament has received as much attent...

2009-04-27

The Book of Isaiah is the longest of the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Modern Bible readers tend to think of Isaiah as ...

2009-04-27

The elderly sister just thought we were forbidden to drink alcohol, not to avoid it completely. To her, drinking an alcoholic b...

2009-04-27

A problem facing Latter-day Saints who want to research their family history is that handwriting has changed over the years....

2009-04-07

Caring for the Poor (D&C 42)...

2009-03-31

Be One...

2009-03-03

Hymns as Scripture (D&C 25) ...

2009-02-17

Priesthood Offices (D&C 20, 68, 107) ...

2009-01-29

Many Protestants and Evangelicals speak of the "rapture." What is it and does it have any correlation with Latter-day beliefs?...

2009-01-20

Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon ...

2009-01-15

This is another insightful look at the way God is described in the creeds, pointing out what some believe, where they get their...

2009-01-14

Join us for Part 2 as Dr. Tvedtnes carefully explores a Biblical examination of the facts concerning the various creeds and off...

2009-01-13

From the Council of Nicea to the Council of Constantinople and the many creeds that were created in the centuries following Chr...

2008-09-10

The Book of Mormon teaches a number of things about the spirit and body of human beings that are not known from elsewhere in th...

2008-09-04

Just what does “curious” mean when we see it in scriptures?...

2008-08-28

The admiration of physically powerful men was probably brought to the New World by both the Jaredites and later Book of Mormon ...

2008-07-24

The Book of Mormon teaches the great lesson that we will be delivered from our enemies as long as we trust in the Lord. Convers...

2008-06-18

Exactly how numerous were the Nephites and Lamanites who populated the Book of Mormon? Is there any way to tell?...

2008-04-03

A Meridian reader wants to know if Jacob was a prophet in the traditional sense. Here is her answer (with help from Brigham You...

2008-03-17

Latter-day Saints sometimes think that we do not believe in the concept of “original sin” found in Christianity. Actually, ...

2008-02-27

Misconceptions abound concerning the text of the Book of Mormon, among both Latter-day Saints and others....

2008-02-19

The Lord put numerous factors into play, including the invention of the printing press and a volcano in Indonesia, to put thing...

2008-02-13

If people who are not members of the Church complain to you about the "secretive" nature of Mormonism, here is a resonse from a...

2008-02-08

At the press conference held to announce the new First Presidency this week, one of the reporters noted that there seems to be ...

2005-08-23

Earth is essentially a testing-ground and an educational institution, and therefore we must assume that much of what we experie...

2005-08-22

Good study habits are best developed by practice and routine. This implies wise use of time, place, and circumstances. But none...

2005-08-18

It is not so much the experience itself that determines what we shall become but, rather, how we react to it....

2005-08-17

It is important to realize that God, because he is the most intelligent of all beings, must of necessity have the very best sys...

2002-12-31

The word "gospels" means "good news," and as we delve into the good news of this year's New Testament studies it is important t...