During Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, Luke reports an interesting piece of counsel given to Peter in preparation for coming trials. This counsel follows on the heels of a petty squabble that breaks out over dinner as the disciples quarrel over “which of them should be accounted the greatest” (Luke 22:24). Seeing in this quarrel a harbinger of future schisms, Jesus turns to Peter and warns […]Read More
It is my pleasure to announce the publication of On This Day: The Armenian Church Synaxarion; March by Edward G. Mathews Jr. This is the third in a proposed twelve volume series that offers a complete English translation of an important spiritual work from the Armenian Church.
The meaning of the word “synaxarion” in the title might stump even the most seasoned student of early Christianity. […]Read More
What happens when biblical scholarship meets the faith traditions of Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Mormonism? In August 2016, scholarly luminaries from these traditions gathered at a forum sponsored by the Maxwell Institute to speak about their own backgrounds and experiences. James Kugel (Judaism), Candida Moss (Catholicism), and Peter Enns (Protestantism) presented papers, along with Latter-day Saint […]Read More
The Middle Eastern Texts Initiative recently rolled out another volume of On This Day. The month of March is now available. On This Day (translated from the Armenian “Yaysmawurk‘”) is a compilation of stories about venerable Christians saints and martyrs from days gone by. The collection was part of the great and varied Armenian liturgical tradition from the turn […]Read More
While Philip Barlow acknowledges strains of anti-intellectualism throughout the history of the Latter-day Saint movement, he also makes this arresting conclusion: “A true ‘Mormon anti-intellectual’ is a contradiction in terms.”1 Barlow’s essay in The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism notes how Joseph Smith’s revelations identify God’s glory as intelligence, how they call upon humanity to improve not only morally, […]Read More
People are usually more comfortable talking about their strengths rather than their weaknesses. It’s human nature. The same can be said about religious studies. When scholars talk about it, you can expect them to emphasize the positive. But like many academic fields, religious studies also faces challenges. Some come from the outside—say, when schools and […]Read More
In this guest post, Courtney Lyn Jensen Peacock discusses her research on the way religion shapes our understanding of gender roles. She is one of the Maxwell Institute’s Nibley Fellowship award recipients. See other recent “Nibley Fellow Reflections” here. As a young girl, I loved reading the histories of powerful women, such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, who found ways […]Read More
When it comes to scripture study, perhaps one of the best and most surprising pieces of advice I can offer is: slow down! Of course, the advice isn’t original to me. LDS philosopher James E. Faulconer was the first person I can recall who told me to take my time. In his great book Scripture […]Read More
On behalf of the Maxwell Institute and Brigham Young University I’m pleased to announce a new visiting research associate position at our Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies. We’re thrilled at the chance to bring in a qualified scholar with a PhD in history, theology, religious studies, philosophy, or another related field […]Read More
One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly is the latest book in the Maxwell Institute’s Living Faith series. In this episode, author Ashley Mae Hoiland joins Blair Hodges, co-editor of the series, to talk about the revelatory nature of writing.
The book is for restless souls who […]Read More