August 30, 2009

Robert J. Matthews Passes Away

Author and scholar Robert J. Matthews passed away Sunday, August 30, 2009 from complications following open heart surgery. Matthews, who was Professor Emeritus of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, is considered one of the foremost scholars on the "Inspired Translation" of the Bible by Joseph Smith. His book A Plainer Translation": Joseph Smith's Translation of the Bible, a History and commentary (BYU Press 1975) is still referred to as one of the most definitive works on Smith's translation. See his wiki page for more information.

Some of Matthews's book chapters and articles from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship can be accessed here. Other articles by and about Matthews can also be found in BYU Studies (image from

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