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

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About the Editor

Adam S. Miller

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He earned a BA in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and an MA and PhD in philosophy from Villanova University. He is the author of nine books, including Speculative Grace, The Gospel according to David Foster Wallace, Letters to a Young Mormon, and An Early Resurrection. He also directs the Latter-day Saint 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
  • Format: paperback, epub, html
  • Price: $ 15.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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