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01.26.2023 | Spencer Fluhman

Announcement from Spencer Fluhman

After seven years in the position, Hollie and I have decided that I will step down as Maxwell Institute executive director, effective May 1, 2023. We will always treasure our association with so many remarkable scholars, advisory board members, staff, students, university colleagues, and readers. It has been a profound honor to be associated, however indirectly, with the name and legacy of Elder Neal A. Maxwell. Please accept our gratitude for what has been a rich education and fruitful collaboration. We have felt your love and support. We feel blessed to have known and associated with you all and trust you know how much we love you. You have helped us understand, again, what it means to love God and neighbor with all one’s mind and heart. 

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01.25.2023 | The Maxwell Institute

Kristian Heal’s new book, Genesis 37 and 39 in the Early Syriac Tradition, available now

Kristian Heal’s new book, Genesis 37 and 39 in the Early Syriac Tradition explores the Syriac reception of the story of Joseph and offers an unprecedented glimpse into late antique Syriac literary culture. The story of Joseph inspired the greatest narrative poem written in Syriac, as well as many other diverse and imaginative texts. Heal’s study discusses the retellings of the story of Joseph through a typological lens and how they became an important focus of Christian and Jewish rhetoric. To summarize Genesis 37 and 39 in the Early Syriac Tradition, Heal provided five answers to questions readers may have about his book. 

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01.19.2023 | The Maxwell Institute

Laurie Maffly-Kipp to join Institute as Visiting Scholar in 2023

Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship eagerly announces the appointment of Dr. Laurie Maffly-Kipp as a visiting Neal A. Maxwell Fellow. She will join our vibrant research community beginning in January until June of 2019.

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Spencer Fluhman

Executive Director

Spencer Fluhman is the executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He is also associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, where he teaches American religious history. He graduated summa cum laude from BYU and received masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Jeffrey G. Cannon

Research Associate

Email: jeffrey_cannon@byu.edu Jeffrey G. Cannon is a Laura F. Willes Research Associate at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, where his current project explores African readings of scripture through their use of the Book of Mormon. More broadly, his research focuses on local manifestations of Christianity and their relationship to the worldwide church. He has a PhD in…
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Kimberly Matheson

Research Fellow

Kimberly Matheson is a Research Fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, with current projects focusing on gender in the Book of Mormon, a materialist theology of prayer, and Moroni 7 as a theological response to modernity. Her research centers more broadly on the Book of Mormon, Christian contemplative practice, and the continental philosophy of religion. Kimberly…
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