John S. Thompson obtained a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania. The focus of his research was the ancient Egyptian priesthood depicted in the non-royal tombs of the Old Kingdom. John also holds a BA and an MA in Ancient Near Eastern studies (Hebrew Bible) from Brigham Young University and the University of California at Berkeley respectively. He is currently working for the LDS Seminaries and Institutes of Religion in Cambridge, MA. John is married to Stacey Ann Keller Thompson, and they have nine children.