Despite being the most well-read scripture in the Latter-day Saint canon, many fresh insights and surprises yet lie in store for diligent readers of the Book of Mormon. The new Maxwell Institute Study Edition was created to help deepen the understanding and strengthen the faith of those who have long loved this scripture. Grant Hardy has edited the Study Edition to highlight the text’s narrative complexity and coherence, which offers some of the strongest evidences for its historicity and miraculous translation. With this new presentation of the official text, readers will be better able to see how the original authors crafted their writings into another testament of Jesus Christ. Artist Brian Kershisnik contributed twenty original woodcut pieces to further illuminate the text.
Together Hardy and Kershisnik will present the biennial Laura F. Willes Book of Mormon Lecture:
Illuminating the Book of Mormon:
A New Edition for the 21st Century
Friday, January 25
Brigham Young University
Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni & Visitors Center
About the Scholars
Grant Hardy is a professor of history and religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He is the editor of The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (University of Illinois Press) and author of Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide (Oxford University Press), in addition to several other books and articles on Chinese history, ancient historiography, and studies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Brian Kershisnik is an American painter. He studied art at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and the University of Texas at Austin. He started a studio in Kanosh, Utah, in 1991 and in 2006 he established another studio in Provo, Utah, where he currently lives with his wife, Faith, their dog, and thousands of bees. His notable works include a portrait of Leslie Norris, Nativity, and She Will Find What Was Lost.