PROVO -- The Brigham Young University Church History Symposium, "Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith's Study of the Ancient World," will be held March 7 at Brigham Young University in Provo and March 8 at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
Participants will learn how Joseph Smith's studies of the ancient world affected his prophetic development. Admission is free and open to the public.
No reservations are needed to attend the event.
The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium.
The keynote address at 9 a.m. will be given by Richard L. Bushman, Gouverneur Morris professor of history emeritus at Columbia University.
It will be followed by papers addressing Joseph Smith's reading of ancient Jewish and Christian texts, his interaction with the scholars of his day and his interest in the ancient Americas.
Thursday's plenary session will begin at 7 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium with remarks by Elder Steven E. Snow of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a plenary address by David F. Holland, professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The symposium will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Conference Center Little Theater and will feature papers addressing Joseph Smith's study of the Bible, contemporary biblical commentaries and biblical languages, and his relationship to 19th-century Egyptology.
The event is sponsored by the BYU Religious Studies Center, Continuing Education, the Department of Church History and Doctrine and the Church History Library.
For more information, visit churchhistorysymposium.byu.edu or contact Andrea Ramsey at 801-422-3896 or email@example.com.