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L. Tom Perry Special Collections Exhibit
Image of 2 ancient Roman plates

John W. Welch was educated at Brigham Young University (B.A. history 1970; M.A. Latin and Greek 1970), studied Greek philosophy at Oxford University (St. Edmund Hall 1970–72) and law at Duke University (J.D. 1975). He is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at the BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he teaches tax classes and also courses on law in the ancient Near East, the Old and New Testaments, and the Book of Mormon, and a seminar on Joseph Smith and the law.

He is the author of many books and articles, and his editing experiences include: Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal (1974–75), series editor and editor of several volumes in the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, one of the editors of Macmillan's Encyclopedia of Mormonism (1988–92), and editor of BYU Studies since 1991.

Founder of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (in 1979) and Director of Special Projects in the BYU Religious Studies Center (1986-88), he has been involved in numerous research projects dealing with LDS scripture, history, culture, and thought, including chiasmus in the Book of Mormon and volumes on Isaiah, King Benjamin's speech, Lehi's Jerusalem, the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the Sermon on the Mount.

He has served twice as a bishop and also as a counselor in the BYU 14th Stake presidency. He is married to Jeannie Sutton; they have four children and eight grandchildren.


Team Member Biographies
John W. Welch    
John Hall    
Shaun McMurdie    
Mark Pollei    
Michael Gee    

The Harold B. Lee Library Multimedia Unit prepares equipment for a location shoot as part of the media portion of the Roman Plates exhibit.

Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
Behind the Scenes Video