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Palmer, Spencer J., ed. Deity & Death. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1978.

This book is about two fundamental realities: Death, “the supreme crisis of life,” and Deity, the supreme power in life. These subjects are explored in seven chapters which were originally presented as papers at BYU Religious Studies Center’s first symposium on comparative world religion. The reader will find compelling interest in the book’s wide-ranging perspectives in Asian and Western countries which bear directly upon our understanding of ourselves and of the society in which we live. ISBN 0-88494-342-9


Dredge, C. Paul. “What’s in a Funeral? Korean, American-Mormon and Jewish Rites Compared.” In Deity & Death, 3-32.
Hanna, Sami A. “Death and Dying in the Middle East.” In Deity & Death, 33–60.
Madsen, Truman G. “Distinctions in the Mormon Approach to Death and Dying.” In Deity & Death, 61–76.
Jones, Edward T. “A Comparative Study of Ascension Motifs in World Religions.” In Deity & Death, 79-106.
Jones, Gerald E. “Reverence for Life in Religion.” In Deity & Death, 107-20.
Katanuma, Seiji. “Why Are There So Many Gods in Japan?” In Deity & Death, 121-34.
Thompson, Laurence G. “Objectifying Divine Power.” In Deity & Death, 135-48.
Madsen, Truman G., ed. Reflections on Mormonism: Judaeo-Christian Parallels. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1978.

This book is the result of the symposium of twelve renowned scholars at BYU on Judeo-Christian parallels. The contributors brought to the task a careful scrutiny of Mormon source materials, a patient application of their own special methods, and a sensitivity to modern commentaries and to ancient records discovered in recent decades. The striking comparisons, clarifications, and appraisals that result mark out ground for further scholarly research and provide a fascinating overview of these significant topics. ISBN 0-88494-358-5


Madsen, Truman G. “Introductory Essay.” In Reflections on Mormonism.
Bellah, Robert N. “American Society and the Mormon Community.” In Reflections on Mormonism.
Winston, David. “Preexistence in Hellenic, Judaic, and Mormon Sources.” In Reflections on Mormonism.
Kaplan, Abraham. “The Meanings of Ritual: Comparisons.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 37-56.
Milgrom, Jacob. “The Temple in Biblical Israel.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 57-65.
Freedman, David Noel. “The Ebla Tablets and the Abraham Tradition.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 67-78.
Davies, W. D. “Israel, the Mormons and the Land.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 79-97.
Charlesworth, James H. “Messianism in the Pseudepigrapha and the Book of Mormon.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 99-137.
Stendahl, Krister. “The Sermon on the Mount and Third Nephi.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 139-54.
Cherbonnier, Edmond La Beaume. “In Defense of Anthropomorphism.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 155-74.
Dillenberger, John. “Grace and Works in Martin Luther and Joseph Smith.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 175-86.
Dillenberger, Jane. “Mormonism and American Religious Art.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 187-200.
Benz, Ernst W. “Imago Dei: Man in the Image of God.” In Reflections on Mormonism, 201-22.
Neusner, Jacob. The Glory of God is Intelligence: Four Lectures on the Role of Intellect in Judaism. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1978.

In this book’s four brilliant approaches to the Jewish stress on extending both the vision and the Law of Moses (Torah) to every phase of life, Jacob Neusner points to the kinships of the two traditions: Learning is a form of devotion to God. The Temple and its ritual exercise of purity was the common concern of the ancient Pharisees and was the most systematic Jewish attempt at intense symbolic infusion of intelligence and light. In the absence of the Temple, after AD 70 observant Jews sought to extend the temple purification process to their own homes and then restructured their ritual into “acts of loving-kindness” and patient study not only of the meaning but the structure of Torah. Today the Mishnah is the continual revelation “element” of Jewish study, open-ended and adaptive and bringing into focus the incidents and acts of all-inclusive religious life. ISBN 0-8849-4350-X


Neusner, Jacob. “Preface.” In The Glory of God is Intelligence, i-xvi.
Brown, S. Kent. “Intoduction.” In The Glory of God is Intelligence, xvii–xxi.
Neusner, Jacob. “‘The Glory of God Is Intelligence’ A Theology of Torah Learning in Judaism.” In The Glory of God is Intelligence, 1-12.
Neusner, Jacob. “Cultic Piety and Pharisaism before 70 AD.” In The Glory of God is Intelligence, 13-28.
Neusner, Jacob. “From Cultic Piety to Torah Piety after 70 AD.” In The Glory of God is Intelligence, 29–40.
Neusner, Jacob. “The Mishnah as a Focus of Torah Piety.” In The Glory of God is Intelligence, 41–56.
Neusner, Jacob. “About the Author.” In The Glory of God Is Intelligence, 57-62.



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