An Other Testament

On Typology

How should we read the Book of Mormon? And does the Book of Mormon itself have anything to say about it? Joseph Spencer follows the lead of Nephite prophets who interpreted Isaiah and other prophets typologically—according to “types” and “shadows”—in order to preach salvation through Jesus Christ. By focusing on history, memory, time, repentance, and conversion, An Other Testament explores what it means to believe God provided the Book of Mormon to change a person like you and a world like ours.

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An Other Testament is part of the Groundwork series.

About the Author

Joseph M. Spencer

Joseph M. Spencer earned a PhD in philosophy at the University of New Mexico and has published extensively on Latter-day Saint scripture and theology in BYU Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Philosophy and Scripture, and the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies where he serves as associate editor. Spencer is co-editor of the book series Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture. His other books include Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah and For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Of Conversion
  • 2. Typology for Nephi: Exegesis
  • 3. Typology for Nephi: Theology
  • 4. Typology for Abinadi: Exegesis
  • 5. Typology for Abinadi: Theology
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: February 2016
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-2869-6
  • Page Count: 194
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  • Binding: paperback, epub, html
  • Price: $ 15.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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