Approaching Zion


When shall we see Zion? In 1833 the Lord told Joseph Smith, “There is even now already in store sufficient, yea, even an abundance, to redeem Zion, and establish her waste places, to no more be thrown down, were the churches, who call themselves after my name, willing to hearken to my voice” (D&C 101:75). In Approaching Zion, Hugh Nibley echoes this message—that the Latter-day Saints will see Zion when they stop seeking Babylon.

Compiled from two decades of writing on this subject, these stimulating essays are provocative and sobering, based as they are, in Nibley fashion, on ample reference to the scriptures and the best thinking of all ages. Many of the essays have a highly informal flavor, being carefully edited transcriptions of Nibley’s rapid-fire, often extemporaneous remarks from notecards. We see his mind constantly at work, even in the midst of formal discourse, working and reworking ideas and resource materials, ever discovering and making new connections and drawing new inferences.

Because these essays deal with contemporary issues, some readers may find them controversial in places. This only underscores their importance. Nibley fully intended to shake us up, make us think, and call us to repentance. In this volume, he succeeds.

About the Author

Hugh Nibley

A new "Nibley Library" page is currently under construction that will feature Nibley treasures untold. In the meantime, here's a list of Nibley's contributions to FARMS and the Maxwell Institute over the years.  Hugh Nibley was one of the most gifted scholars in the LDS Church. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and completed his PhD as a University Fellow at UC Berkeley. He taught at Claremont College in California before serving in military intelligence in World War II. From 1946 until his death in 2005, he was associated with and taught at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Key to Abbreviations
  • Foreword
  • 1: Our Glory or Our Condemnation
  • 2: What is Zion? A Distant View
  • 3: Zeal Without Knowledge
  • 4: Gifts
  • 5: Deny Not the Gifts of God
  • 6: How Firm a Foundation! What Makes It So
  • 7: How to Get Rich
  • 8: Work We Must, but the Lunch Is Free
  • 9: But What Kind of Work?
  • 10: Funeral Address
  • 11: Three Degrees of Righteousness from the Old Testament
  • 12: We Will Still Weep for Zion
  • 13: Breakthroughs I Would Like to See
  • 14: Change out of Control
  • 15: Law of Consecration
  • 16: The Utopians
  • 17: Goods of First and Second Intent
  • 18: The Meaning of the Atonement
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Hugh Nibley
  • Publication Year: 1989
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875792521
  • Page Count: 656
  • Price: $ 49.99
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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