When the Lights Went Out

Three Studies on the Ancient Apostasy

When the Lights Went Out contains reprints of three classic Nibley essays on the fate of the primitive Christian church and its institutions and beliefs. In “The Passing of the Primitive Church,” Nibley presents forty striking and often neglected facets of church history. “The Forty-Day Mission of Christ” deals with the historical relevance of Acts 1:3, which claims that after Christ’s resurrection, he was “seen of them forty days, and [spoke] of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” Nibley discusses the implications of the loss of the temple during the fall of Jerusalem in his “Christian Envy of the Temple.” Each of these three articles appeared separately in scholarly journals, 1959–66.


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

  • Abbreviations
  • The Passing of the Primitive Church: Forty Variations on an Unpopular Theme
  • Evangelium quadraginta dierum: The Forty-Day Mission of Christ—The Forgotten Heritage
  • Christian Envy of the Temple
  • Index
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Hugh Nibley
  • Publication Year: 2001
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893602
  • Page Count: 160
  • Price: $ 9.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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