‘Mormon Land’ special edition: Interview from the Holy Land with the academic director of BYU’s Jerusalem Center

Facility reopens during Holy Week after a two-year pandemic pause.

(Michael Stack | Special to The Tribune) The BYU Jerusalem Center set on Mount Scopus adjacent to the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

It’s Holy Week for Western Christians, which culminates Sunday with Easter.

The Holy Land is awash with pilgrims and tourists — including members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — who are soaking in the sites of Jesus’ last days.

It also signals the reopening of Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies after a two-year pandemic pause.

In this special edition of “Mormon Land,” The Salt Lake Tribune’s senior religion reporter, Peggy Fletcher Stack, who is on assignment in the Middle East, talks with Eric D. Huntsman, a religious studies expert and the center’s new academic director, about the coming days, how the facility can deepen spirituality and much more.

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(Kylea Knecht | BYU) BYU professor Eric Huntsman, academic director of the school's Jerusalem Center.