Mormonism and Early Christianity


From the outset of his career, Dr. Hugh Nibley has been centrally concerned with primitive Christianity, especially the shadowy era between the New Testament proper and the emergence and the triumph of the Catholic Church and Holy Roman Empire. That is the era treated in the nine essays collected in this volume.

The essays cover such subjects as early accounts of Jesus’ childhood, the Savior’s forty-day ministry after his resurrection, baptism for the dead in ancient times, the passing of the primitive church, and the early Christian prayer circle.

Each essay examines the close connection between the practices and the doctrines of the early Church and the Church of the latter days. Each essay has been reedited, and all the original sources have been rechecked. Many of the conclusions and arguments in these articles will stand in future scholarship; others will be discarded. But Hugh Nibley’s work has laid the foundation for all further discussion.

About the Author

Hugh Nibley

A new "Nibley Library" page is currently under construction that will feature Nibley treasures untold. In the meantime, here's a list of Nibley's contributions to FARMS and the Maxwell Institute over the years.  Hugh Nibley was one of the most gifted scholars in the LDS Church. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and completed his PhD as a University Fellow at UC Berkeley. He taught at Claremont College in California before serving in military intelligence in World War II. From 1946 until his death in 2005, he was associated with and taught at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Early Accounts of Jesus' Childhood
  • Evangelium Quadraginta Dierum: The Forty-day Mission of Christ - The Forgotten Heritage
  • The Early Christian Prayer Circle
  • Baptism for the Dead in Ancient Times
  • The Passing of the Primitive Church: Forty Variations on an Unpopular Theme
  • The Way of the Church
  • Jerusalem: In Early Christianty
  • What Is a Temple?
  • Christian Envy of the Temple
  • Key to Abbreviations
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Hugh Nibley
  • Publication Year: 1987
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875791272
  • Page Count: 466
  • Price: $ 39.95
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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