Seeking Christ in scripture by combining intellectual rigor and the disciple’s yearning for holiness.
Meet the Book of Mormon again for the first time in these brief theological introductions. Twelve volumes. Twelve scholars. Fresh and inspiring explorations using the lenses of history, theology, philosophy, literary studies—and above all, faith in Jesus Christ.
Volumes will appear periodically throughout 2020.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “brief theological introduction”?
Faithful scholars have long explored the Book of Mormon’s historicity, literary quality, textual history, reception, and more. This series focuses particularly on theology—the scholarly practice of exploring a scriptural text’s implications and its lens on God’s work in the world. What does scripture say? What does it ask of us? The original meaning of the term “theology” is something like “God talk”—learning and talking about God with a combination of faith and reason. This series doesn’t intend to declare authoritative “doctrine.” Its authors bring their faith and their academic training into conversation with scripture, leading to fresh discoveries and new challenges. Briefly, no single volume pretends to be comprehensive. Each invites readers to think about how their own backgrounds, hopes, questions, and assumptions shape the kind of answers scripture might provide. They are introductory because they are a beginning rather than a definitive conclusion.
How can I obtain a review copy?
Journalists, editors, bloggers, college instructors, and other reviewers can submit requests to email@example.com. Please include your name, publication/website or academic affiliation, and preferred mailing address.
What about a complete boxed set?
It’s in the works!
How can I learn more about the series?
Check out interviews with each author on the Maxwell Institute Podcast. Watch presentations about each volume from the Institute’s recent lecture series, “Explorations in the Book of Mormon,” and the ongoing series “Book of Mormon Conversations,” co-sponsored by the Widtsoe Foundation. Links to these materials are available below.
Book of Mormon Conversations
A series of virtual discussions with volume authors, co-sponsored by the John A. Widstoe Foundation.
Introducing the brief theological introductions series
J. Spencer Fluhman, Philip L. Barlow, Larry Eastland
Joseph M. Spencer and Richard E. Turley
Terryl Givens and Laura Redford
ENOS, JAROM, OMNI
Sharon J. Harris and Jacob Rennaker
James E. Faulconer and Michael Stanley
Kylie Nielson Turley and Larry Eastland
Mark Wrathall and Chris Eastland
Kimberly Matheson Berkey and Jacob Rennaker
3RD, 4TH NEPHI
Daniel Becerra and Laura Redford
Adam S. Miller and George Durham
Rosalynde Frandsen Welch and Michael Stanley
David F. Holland and Christopher Eastland
“Explorations in the Book of Mormon”
Series authors discuss drafts of their books prior to publication.
1 Nephi, 2 Nephi, Alma 30–63
Joseph M. Spencer, Terryl L. Givens, Mark Wrathall
Enos/Jarom/Omni, Mosiah, Alma 1–29
Sharon Harris, James E. Faulconer, Kylie Turley
Jacob, Helaman, 3 and 4 Nephi
Deidre Green, Kimberly Berkey, Daniel Becerra
Mormon, Ether, Moroni
Adam Miller, Rosalynde Frandsen Welch, David F. Holland
Authors & Editors
1st Nephi—Joseph M. Spencer, Brigham Young University
2nd Nephi—Terryl Givens, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
Jacob—Deidre Nicole Green, Maxwell Institute
Enos, Jarom, Omni—Sharon J. Harris, BYU
Mosiah—James E. Faulconer, BYU
Alma 1–29—Kylie Nielson Turley, BYU
Alma 30–63—Mark Wrathall, University of Oxford
Helaman—Kimberly Matheson Berkey, Loyola University Chicago
3rd, 4th Nephi—Daniel Becerra, BYU
Mormon—Adam S. Miller, Collin College
Ether—Rosalynde Frandsen Welch, Maxwell Institute
Moroni—David F. Holland, Harvard Divinity School
Spencer Fluhman, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
Philip Barlow, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
D. Morgan Davis, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
James E. Faulconer, Brigham Young University
Kristine Haglund, Independent scholar
Joseph M. Spencer, Brigham Young University
Rosalynde Welch, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship