The Book of Mormon: brief theological introductions

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.

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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 blairhodges@byu.edu. 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.

  • Podcast Interviews

    First Nephi, with Joseph Spencer

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    Second Nephi, with Terryl Givens

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    Jacob, with Deidre Green

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    Enos, Jarom, Omni, with Sharon J. Harris

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    Mosiah, with James E. Faulconer

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    Alma 1–29, with Kylie Nielson Turley

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    Alma 30–63, with Mark Wrathall

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    Helaman, with Kimberly Matheson Berkey

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    3rd, 4th Nephi, with Daniel Becerra

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    Mormon, with Adam Miller & Spencer Fluhman

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    Ether, with Rosalynde Welch & James E. Faulconer

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    Moroni, with David F. Holland & Spencer Fluhman

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  • Videos

    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

    1st NEPHI
    Joseph M. Spencer and Richard E. Turley

    2nd NEPHI
    Terryl Givens and Laura Redford

    ENOS, JAROM, OMNI
    Sharon J. Harris and Jacob Rennaker

    MOSIAH
    James E. Faulconer and Michael Stanley

    ALMA 1–29
    Kylie Nielson Turley and Larry Eastland 

    ALMA 30–63
    Mark Wrathall and Chris Eastland

    HELAMAN
    Kimberly Matheson Berkey and Jacob Rennaker

    3RD, 4TH NEPHI
    Daniel Becerra and Laura Redford

    MORMON
    Adam S. Miller and George Durham

    ETHER
    Rosalynde Frandsen Welch and Michael Stanley

    MORONI
    David F. Holland and Christopher Eastland

     

    “Explorations in the Book of Mormon”

    Series authors discuss drafts of their books prior to publication. 

    PART 1
    1 Nephi, 2 Nephi, Alma 30–63
    Joseph M. Spencer, Terryl L. Givens, Mark Wrathall

    PART 2
    Enos/Jarom/Omni, Mosiah, Alma 1–29
    Sharon Harris, James E. Faulconer, Kylie Turley

    PART 3
    Jacob, Helaman, 3 and 4 Nephi
    Deidre Green, Kimberly Berkey, Daniel Becerra

    PART 4
    Mormon, Ether, Moroni
    Adam Miller, Rosalynde Frandsen Welch, David F. Holland

  • Authors & Editors

    Volume Authors

    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

    General Editors

    Spencer Fluhman, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

    Philip Barlow, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

    Series Editors

    D. Morgan Davis, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

    James E. Faulconer, Brigham Young University

    Kristine Haglund, Independent scholar

    Joseph M. SpencerBrigham Young University

    Rosalynde Welch, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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