Julie M. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, with an MA in Biblical Studies. Julie is the author of Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels and editor of Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21-22 as well as As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture. She is on the executive board of the Mormon Theology Seminar and the steering committee of the BYU New Testament Commentary series, for which she is writing the volume on the Gospel of Mark. She also writes for Times & Seasons, where she is the book review editor. She lives near Austin, Texas, where she homeschools her children.