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Christ and Antichrist

Reading Jacob 7

Adam S. Miller Joseph M. Spencer

The Book of Mormon’s Jacob chapter 7 focuses on a dramatic showdown between Sherem, a defender of the Mosaic tradition, and Jacob, a prophet who views the Mosaic law as dead in light of what he calls “the doctrine of Christ.” The papers collected in this volume offer theological readings of this Book of Mormon chapter that draw on Jacob 7’s structure and literary details to illuminate key themes like law, family, prayer, mourning, and messianic time.

Includes contributions from Jana Riess, Kimberly M. Berkey, Adam S. Miller, Jacob Rennaker, Jeremy Walker, Joseph M. Spencer, Jenny Webb, and Sharon J. Harris.

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In these conference proceedings stands the hope of a new kind of Mormon theology, one that brings women and men, academics and independents, philosophers and students of literature into the conversation about the meanings of faith and scripture. These essays are united by their firm commitment to the power of scripture and the possibility that holy writ may be rather more than it first appears

Samuel M. Brown

About the Editor

Adam S. Miller

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children. He is the author of many books, including Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Draper: Greg Kofford Books, 2012) and Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), and two editions of Letters to a Young Mormon (Maxwell Institute & Deseret Book). He also serves as the director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Summary Report
  • “There Came a Man”: Sherem, Scapegoating, and the Inversion of Prophetic Tradition
  • Reading Signs or Repeating Symptoms
  • The Lord’s Prayer(s) in Jacob 7
  • Divine Dream Time: The Hope and Hazard of Revelation
  • Weeping for Zion
  • Covenant Obligation to Scripture as Covenant Obligation to Family
  • Formed by Family: Jacob 7 as a Site for Sealing
  • Contributors
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: January 2018
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-3004-0
  • Page Count: 148
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  • Binding: paperback, epub, html
  • Price: $ 15.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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