In memoriam: John A. Tvedtnes

06.12.2018 | The Maxwell Institute

John Alexander Tvedtnes (77) passed away on June 3, 2018. Tvedtnes served as Senior Resident Scholar and Senior Research Associate at the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Near Eastern Texts (ISPART) at BYU, which became the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship in 2006. He also served as associate director of research at the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). His many publications with FARMS and later the Maxwell Institute include Traditions about the Early Life of Abraham, which he co-edited with John Gee and Brian Hauglid, as well as nearly seventy articles and nineteen book chapters on topics including Jewish seafaring, the use of the Old Testament in the Book of Mormon, Book of Mormon names, baptism for the dead, and many other topics besides. Together with David Bokovoy he also co-authored Testaments: Links Between the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew Bible. Our prayers are with Tvedtnes’s friends and family and we are grateful for the enthusiasm and intelligence with which he engaged Latter-day Saint scripture. According to his obituary, funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Bella Vista Ward in Bella Vista, Arkansas. A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, June 23 at 1 pm in the Spring Creek chapel (651 E 1630 S) in Lehi, Utah. See more on Tvedtnes’s life and work from Daniel C. Peterson at