Enos, Jarom, Omni

a brief theological introduction

“And I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records.”

Less than a generation after Sariah and Lehi arrive in the promised land, their family fractures in two. The books of Enos, Jarom, and Omni feature seven authors recounting five generations of fallout from this division. Whether the people and their records will be preserved is in constant doubt. Yet, the authors continue writing in order to keep hope alive despite civil wars and precarious political reorganizations.

In this brief theological introduction, literary scholar and theologian Sharon J. Harris investigates this messy middle era between the genesis of the Nephite people and their reorganization under King Benjamin. What keeps things—relatively—together?

Harris uncovers the personalities, concerns, and patterns of righteousness and wickedness that are often overlooked in these short books. She illustrates how Latter-day Saints today might learn to better keep covenants and pass a promising inheritance to those who come after.


"There is something in the way Harris writes that engages you, that makes you want to keep reading. It really was a page turner for me!"

"Provides readers with practicable ways to transform their discipleship."

Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye


“I had pretty low expectations going in, given the scriptural books that Sharon Harris covers here, but wow. Truly incredible work.”

"Eye-opening, perspective-changing; everything a theology book needs to be to expand the reader's mind."

About the Author

Sharon J. Harris

Sharon J. Harris is an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University. She studies early modern literature, focusing on how it intersects with music. In addition to literary studies, Dr. Harris has published on theology, the Book of Mormon, and the history of Latter-day Saint singles wards. She holds degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Chicago, and Fordham University and has worked in public education, nonprofit arts administration, and academic publishing.

Table of Contents

  • Series Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Enos
  • Jarom
  • Omni
  • Backmatter

    Further Reading
  • Endnotes
  • Editions of the Book of Mormon
  • Index
  • Colophon
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Month: July
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-0015-9
  • Page Count: 144
  • Price: $ 9.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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