Gerald E. Smith’s Schooling the Prophet is available for purchase today (paperback $19.95, ebook $9.99). In this guest post, Smith talks about how he came to write the latest book from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.—BHodges Earlier this year I was chatting over the fence with our neighbor and former mayor of our town, and mentioned […]Read More
The 2015 Mormon Theology Seminar recently wrapped up in New York City (see here). We asked seminar participants to reflect on their experiences, offering a glimpse at what the Seminar’s all about. This post features Jenny Webb, who holds a degree in comparative literature and works as an editor. Posts from other seminar participants will follow.—BHodges The question […]Read More
In June, I had the privilege of spending many hours a day studying and talking about a single chapter of the Book of Mormon. Every day for two weeks, eight scholars researched and wrote five-page papers about a few verses of Jacob 7, this summer’s chosen text. Then we gathered for four or five hours to read our papers aloud and talk about them.
It was absolutely exhilarating,[…]Read More
The Book of Mormon prophet Jacob lived through difficult times. Jacob was born on the road as his family traveled through an unforgiving desert wasteland. He was raised in a contentious family divided over the meaning of their circumstances, wounded by the experience of seeing his aged parents veer close to death while he was still young, elevated to a level of heavy priestly responsibility once he came of age, […]Read More