a brief theological introduction
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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Read about the series in the CHURCH NEWS here.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will each volume be available?
Series volumes will appear periodically through the summer of 2020. Rather than announcing exact publication dates for each volume in advance, we plan to release each book as soon as its production is complete.
How can I know when new volumes will be available?
Sign up for the Institute’s newsletter here to receive email updates the moment a volume becomes available for pre-sale, whether through Amazon, the BYU Store, Deseret Book, or elsewhere. You can also be notified by following the Maxwell Institute on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Shipping date info should be available when you submit a pre-order, though they are subject to change in the event of printing errors, etc.
What is the fastest way to get each volume?
The answer depends on your location. If you live in Utah, places like Deseret Book and the BYU Store often have books available on the shelf shortly before orders are shipped from online retailers. Otherwise, we can’t provide exact estimates.
What’s taking so long?
We’re excited, too! This series was conceived in early 2019. We worked at breakneck speed, aiming for volumes to appear in tandem with the Sunday school curriculum for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We wanted the series to clearly represent the kind of care and attention we believe the Book of Mormon deserves. We’ve devoted the same special attention to every stage of production—from writing and revising, to design and typesetting, to copy-editing and proofing, to index creation, to stocking, shipping, and delivery. We are thankful to the many people who have worked hard at every step of the process to bring you the very best we can offer. And we are grateful to our readers for their patience!
How can I obtain a review copy?
Journalists, editors, bloggers, college instructors, and other reviewers can submit requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, publication, affiliation, and preferred mailing address.
What about audiobook?
We’re currently in the process of commissioning audiobooks. In the meantime, volumes will be made available in both print and digital.
What about a complete boxed set?
We hope to make a full set available—but not until each individual volume has already been published. We’ve purposefully kept the cost as low as possible for each volume ($9.95). A future box set will likely cost at least as much as the total of each individual volume purchased separately.
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 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.” 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
“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