Announcing our new ‘Briefer Theological Introductions’ (April Fool’s Day)

04.01.2020 | The Maxwell Institute

NOTE: This was posted as an April Fool’s Day parody.

The book of Omni is perhaps the most unique in the Book of Mormon. After writing a mere three verses, Omni passes the Nephite record to Amaron who, after writing five verses, passes it to Chemish–the man who holds the record for shortest contribution to the Book of Mormon, clocking in at one verse. His son Abinadom writes twice as much (two verses), then hands the records to his son Amaleki. With nineteen verses, he contributes more than half of the book of Omni himself!

As part of the Maxwell Institute’s brief theological introductions to the Book of Mormon series, Sharon J. Harris writes about Omni with great care, alongside Ether and Jarom. (You can hear about her forthcoming book on the Maxwell Institute Podcast here.)

But our series editors recently realized that the record keepers who contributed to the book of Omni deserve much more attention. Little has been written about their stories of war and record transference.

The Maxwell Institute is pleased to announce four volumes of briefer theological introductions—Amaron, by Janiece Johnson; Chemish, by J. Spencer Fluhman; Abinadom, by Catherine Gines Taylor; and Amaleki, by Philip L. Barlow. More information about these briefer theological introductions may be forthcoming. Someday. Maybe.

While you’re waiting, check out our current series, brief theological introductions.


Amaron: a briefer theological introduction, by Janiece Johnson (412 pp.)

Chemish: a briefer theological introduction, by J. Spencer Fluhman. (744 pp.)

Abinadom: a briefer theological introduction, by Catherine Gines Taylor (415 pp.)

Amaleki: a briefer theological introduction, by Philip L. Barlow (467 pp.)