By Study and Also by Faith

Essays in Honor of Hugh W. Nibley, vol. 1


Almost since his boyhood, Hugh Nibley has been interested in scholarship of the highest order. As a scholar and teacher, he has inspired others to become scholars themselves and has opened doors to passages and rooms that others will be exploring for years to come.

This first of two volumes of essays honoring Hugh Nibley includes scholarly papers based on what the contributors have learned from Dr. Nibley. Nearly every major subject that he has encompassed in his vast learning and scholarly production is represented here by at least one article. Topics include the influence of Nibley, Copts and the Bible, the Seventy in scripture, the great apostasy, the book of Daniel in early Mormon thought, an early Christian initiation ritual, John’s Apocalypse, ancient Jewish seafaring, Native American rites of passage, Sinai as sanctuary and mountain of God, the Qurʾan and creation ex nihilo, and the sacred handclasp and embrace.

The two volumes contain papers on subject areas that include the Bible and the ancient Near East, early and Eastern Christianity and formative Judaism, aspects of kingship and the sacred, the religion and society of Asia, the Classics, the scriptures of the Latter-day Saints, and modern themes dealing with religion, literature, and society. Especially notable are papers by world-renowned scholars, including Drs. Aziz Atiya, James Charlesworth, Cyrus Gordon, Jacob Milgrom, Jacob Neusner, and Raphael Patai, whose work in these volumes attests to the wide respect in which Dr. Nibley’s work, as well as his personal example, is held. Finally, these volumes include papers by authors representing the second or the third generations of Nibley’s influence, an influence that will surely endure through many generations of future scholars.

About the Author

Stephen D. Ricks

Stephen D. Ricks (Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions, University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union) is Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He served as president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and as chairman of the board, as the founding editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and as Associate Dean of General Education and Honors at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Key to Abbreviations
  • Foreword
  • Hugh Winder Nibley: Bibliography and Register
  • The Influence of Hugh Nibley: His Presence in the University
  • A Doorkeeper in the House of the Lord
  • The Copts and the Bible
  • The Seventy in Scripture
  • From the Philopedia of Jesus to the Misopedia of the Acts of Thomas
  • A Hebrew Inscription Authenticated
  • "Watch and Remember": The New Testament and the Great Apostasy
  • Two Letters to the Dead
  • Milk and Meat: Unlikely Bedfellows
  • The Book of Daniel in Early Mormon Thought
  • Aspects of an Early Christian Initiation Ritual
  • Early Christian Millenarianist Interpretation of the Two Witnesses in John's Apocalypse 11:3–13
  • The Case of Leviticus Rabbah
  • Ancient Jewish Seafaring and River-faring Laws
  • Which Came First, the Music or the Words? (A Greek Text and Coptic Melody: Musical Transcription and Analysis of the Setting)
  • What Is Reality?
  • Native American Rites of Passage: Implications for Latter-day Saints
  • "Putting on the Names": A Jewish-Christian Legacy
  • Sinai as Sanctuary and Mountain of God
  • Names in Antiquity: Old, New, and Hidden
  • Togetherness Is Sharing an Umbrella: Divine Kingship, the Gnosis, and Religious Syncretism
  • Heroic Legitimation in Traditional Nomadic Societies
  • Does the Qur'an Teach Creation Ex Nihilo?
  • The Handclasp and Embrace as Tokens of Recognition
  • Mars and Anna Perenna: March Gods and the Etruscan New Year in Archaic Rome
  • The Honey and the Smoke: Achilles and Ate in the Iliad
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Hugh Nibley
  • Publication Year: 1990
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875793399
  • Page Count: 802
  • Price: $ 21.95
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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