Andrew C. Smith is a doctoral student in Critical Comparative Scripture, emphasizing Islamic and Hebrew Bible studies at Claremont Graduate University. He holds an M.A. in Israeli Politics and Society from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies – Arabic from Brigham Young University. His research interests are the general Abrahamic scriptural traditions, with their attendant rituals, the intersection of religion and politics, and Mormon studies.