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About Kent P. Jackson

Kent P. Jackson retired in June 2017 as a professor of religion at Brigham
Young University, where he had taught since 1980. He has a BA in Ancient
Studies from BYU and MA and PhD degrees in Near Eastern studies from
the University of Michigan. His research interests include the Near East
and the intersection of Mormonism and the Bible. He has authored or
edited Joseph Smith’s Commentary on the Bible; Joseph Smith’s New
Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts; and A Bible Reader’s
History of the Ancient World. Professor Jackson is a former associate dean of religion and former associate director of the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Dehumanization and Peace

Abstract: Those who follow world events are painfully aware that peace in the Middle East — and particularly in the Holy Land — seems eternally elusive. From a distance we watch events unfold which we are not able to fully comprehend because of that very distance. There are individuals who are burdened with the devastating reality of living with war and perpetual turmoil in the Holy Land. One of those is Sahar Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian Arab Latter-day Saint who grew up in the West Bank near Bethlehem. Her story of how she converted to Mormonism and learned how to find peace in a troubled world is recommended reading for every Latter-day Saint.

Review of Sahar Qumsiyeh, Peace for a Palestinian: One Woman’s Story of Faith Amidst War in the Holy Land (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2018). 176 pp. $15.99.

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