Lecture, January 15: “A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon”

01.07.2015 | The Maxwell Institute

As the keystone scripture of the Latter-day Saint faith, the Book of Mormon has spiritually nourished millions of Latter-day Saints. But over the past decade it has received increasing attention beyond Mormonism. Scholars and students from a variety of backgrounds have come to better appreciate the richness, complexity, and messages of the Book of Mormon. Scholars like Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Krister Stendahl, and Paul Gutjahr bring fresh eyes to the text, often recognizing things that have previously gone unnoticed.

The Maxwell Institute’s Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies examines the Book of Mormon in each of its contexts—from the ancient through the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. It continues to benefit from the insights of interested readers within and beyond the LDS tradition.

To that end, we have invited John Christopher Thomas to deliver a lecture at Brigham Young University called “A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon.” Dr. Thomas is the Clarence J. Abbott Professor of Biblical Studies at Pentecostal Theological Seminary. His lecture, sponsored by the Willes Center, will focus on insights from his forthcoming work on the Book of Mormon and will briefly examine the book’s structure, content, theology, and reception history.

We hope to see you there! For those who cannot attend in person, a recording of the lecture may appear in an upcoming episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast.


Thursday, January 15 at 11:00 AM


Brigham Young University
Joseph F. Smith Building (JFSB)
Room B192


John Christopher Thomas (PhD, University of Sheffield) is the Clarence J. Abbott Professor of Biblical Studies at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN, and the Director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at Bangor University, in Bangor, Wales. Professor Thomas is an elected member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and author of numerous scholarly articles and eight books. He and his spouse, Barbara, have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter.