John Welch is an LDS law and religion scholar who currently teaches at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
Welch discovered many instances of the chiasmus literary form in the Book of Mormon. His findings, published in BYU Studies as "Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon" in 1969, and subsequent publications have shaped scholarly inquiry into the linguistic aspects and historical origin of the Book of Mormon.
Welch received his bachelors and masters degree from BYU (B.A. in History, M.A. in Latin and Greek). He then studied at Oxford University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Welch received his J.D. from Duke University. He is the Robert K. Thomas professor of law in the J. Reuben Clark Law School.
In 1979 Welch founded FARMS.,
(Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies), he is the current
editor of BYU Studies, and the director of publications of the Smith
Institute. In 1980 Dr. Welch joined the J. Reuben Clark Law School.
His principal research interests include Employee Benefit Plans, Law
in the ancient Near East, Bible and Book of Mormon, Roman Law in the
New Testament, the Trial of Jesus, fiduciary duties analysis, perjury,
tax exempt organizations, and the Legal Papers of Joseph Smith. Welch
is also a member of the Jewish Law Association. In the Society of Biblical
Literature, he has served on the steering committee of the Section on
Biblical Law and as chair of the program unit on Latter-day Saints and
John W. Welch, Miracles, Maleficium, and Maiestas in the Trial of Jesus, in Jesus and Archaeology (2006).
John W. Welch, John F. Hall & Hugh W. Nibley, Apostles and Bishops in Early Christianity (2005).
John W. Welch, An Epistle from the New Testament Apostles (Bookcraft 1999).
John W. Welch, "Off on the Right Foot," 38 BYU Stud. 18 (1999).
John W. Welch, The "Lamb of God" in Pre-Christian Texts, Insights 2 (Aug. 1998).
John Welch, Gila Hurvitz, The Story of Masada (John W. Welch ed., BYU Studies 1997).
Masada and the World of the New Testament (John W. Welch & John F. Hall eds., BYU Studies 1997).
John W. Welch, Gallery Guide to the Masada Exhibition, with New Testament Notes (1997).
John W. Welch, Two Notes on the Lord's Prayer, Insights (1996).
John W. Welch, Stephen D. Ricks & Donald W. Parry, A Bibliography on Temples of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean World (E. Mellen Press 1991).
John W. Welch, A Biblical Law Bibliography (E. Mellen Press 1990).
John W. Welch, Reflections on Postulates: Power and Ancient Laws—A Response to Moseh Greenberg in Religion and Law (Eisenbrauns 1990).
Religion and Law: Biblical, Jewish, and Islamic Perspectives (John W. Welch, Edwin Firmage & Bernard Weiss eds., Eisenbrauns 1990).
John W. Welch, Chiasmus in Biblical Law: An Approach to the Structure of Legal Texts in the Hebrew Bible, 4 Jewish L. Assn. Stud. 5 (1990).
John W. Welch, Chiasmus in Antiquity, (John W. Welch ed., Gerstenberg 1981).