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A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire

Reading 1 Nephi 1

Adam S. Miller

The first chapter of 1 Nephi may be the most read in all of Mormon scripture. But beyond its veneer of familiarity, its substance remains shadowed by a host of contextual and theological questions. The papers collected in this volume offer theological readings that draw on careful examinations of 1 Nephi 1’s structure and literary details to explore questions about Lehi’s world, the nature of revelation, the problem of suffering, and the promised Messiah.

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Always a pleasure to read, [Mormon Theology Seminar] papers require effort and the patience to ponder the insights presented. The reward is always worth the effort expended.

Robert Wheadon LDS Apologist Now

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

  • Introduction
  • Summary Report
  • Huldah’s Long Shadow
  • Burnt Offerings: Favor, Afflictions, and the Mysteries of God
  • Dreams, Visions, and Foolish Imaginations: Alternative History as Sacred History in the Book of Mormon
  • Potent Messianism: Textual, Historical, and Theological Notes on 1 Nephi 1:18–20
  • Tender Mercies in English Scriptural Idiom and in Nephi’s Record
  • Joining the Heavenly Chorus
  • The Missing Medium: Rereading Revelation as Interruption in 1 Nephi 1
  • Contributors
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: December 2017
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-3012-5
  • Page Count: 168
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  • Binding: paperback, epub, html
  • Price: $ 15.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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