FARMS continues to sponsor a graduate fellowship program that awards financial aid to students pursuing advanced degrees in fields of special interest to FARMS. Named in honor of eminent Latter-day Saint scholar Hugh Nibley, the Nibley Fellowship is made possible by generous donations from individuals committed to fostering the next generation of faithful scholars who will contribute to the work of the Foundation. Three such rising scholars have accepted teaching appointments and are well on their way to fulfilling the expectations behind the Nibley Fellowship.
Former Nibley Fellow Frank F. Judd Jr. is currently finishing his dissertation, "Pontius Pilate in Early Christian Literature," and expects to complete his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill soon. Last fall Judd accepted a tenure-track appointment with BYU's Department of Ancient Scripture and has been teaching undergraduate New Testament and Book of Mormon classes. Before coming to BYU, he was a teaching associate at UNC, where he taught classes in Old Testament, New Testament, and Judaism. He was a volunteer teacher at the LDS institutes of religion at UNC and Duke University. Judd has presented and published papers in connection with BYU's annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium and with the Book of Mormon Symposium sponsored by the BYU Religious Studies Center. He has coauthored a review in the FARMS Review of Books, and slated for publication in that journal is his review of John W. Welch's book An Epistle from the New Testament Apostles.
Jared A. Ludlow recently successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, "A Narrative Critical Study of the Two Greek Recensions of 'The Testa-ment of Abraham,'" and expects to publish it sometime next year. He has earned his degree in a joint program from the University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union. The focus of his studies in Near Eastern religions has been Second Temple Judaism. At the 1998 Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, he presented a paper titled "Emulating Abraham as a Disciple of Jesus: Discipleship Themes from John 8:3159"; and his paper on Abraham's visions of the heavens, delivered at a FARMS conference on the Book of Abra-ham last October, is being prepared for publication in a volume covering the proceedings of that conference. This fall Ludlow will join the faculty at BYUHawaii with a tenure-track appointment in the Department of History. He will also teach religion courses there.
Carl W. Griffin continues his education as a Ph.D. candidate in early Christian studies at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. Through a FARMS grant awarded to BYU's Department of Philosophy, this summer Griffin will continue assisting David Paulsen, a BYU professor of philosophy, in research for a book tentatively titled The Mormon Doctrine of Divine Embodiment. A summary of their project as reported in a FARMS noontime lecture appears in the April issue of Insights. Griffin's article "Peace" will be published in a forthcoming Deseret Book volume titled Book of Mormon Reference Companion, for which he also contributed many other smaller entries. Griffin will be teaching part-time this fall in BYU's Department of Church History and Doctrine.
FARMS is pleased to see the fruits of the Nibley Fellowship program as it continues to help prepare promising young scholars to enter careers involving research related to the Book of Mormon and other ancient texts.