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2020
Alford, Kenneth L. Saints at War: The Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

This volume is a compilation of inspirational stories shared by Latter-day Saints who served on the front lines in several recent military conflicts. These stories detail their trials, challenges, setbacks, faith, courage, and numerous victories in overcoming extraordinary circumstances. This book is filled with remarkable first-person accounts from Latter-day Saint soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and civilians who served in the Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War. Their amazing stories—published together for the first time—chronicle the sacrifice, dedication, and humor of day-to-day life in modern combat zones. This book also shares the story of how fully functioning districts of the Church were organized and operated in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq to meet the spiritual needs of the Church members there. Richly illustrated with photographs from the participants, this book will introduce you to a new generation of Latter-day Saint heroes. ISBN 978-1-9443-9487-5

Belnap, Daniel L., ed. Illuminating the Jaredite Records. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

This is a new volume from the Book of Mormon Academy at Brigham Young University. This volume explores the relationship between the Nephite and the Jaredite records culturally, politically, literarily, and theologically. The first approach is a cultural-historical lens, in which elements of Jaredite culture are discussed, including the impact of a Jaredite subculture on Nephite politics during the reign of the judges, and a Mesopotamia perspective as seership and divination, and the brother of Jared’s experience as a spiritual transition. The second grouping looks at the book of Ether through a narratological lens, all three papers exploring different aspects of Moroni’s construction of the book of Ether. The third grouping explores the book of Ether’s depiction of women, as it contains one of the most descriptive, yet ambivalent females in the Book of Mormon, both historically and in our contemporary era. Finally, the book of Ether is reviewed via a teaching lens. In Alma 37, Alma the Younger explained the teaching value of the Jaredite records. These last two studies examine ways in which the book of Ether in particular can be taught to a modern audience. ISBN 978-1-9443-9497-4

Articles

Belnap, Daniel L. “‘They Are of Ancient Date’: Jaredite Traditions and the Politics of Gadianton’s Dissent.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Hull, Kerry. “Divination as Translation: The Function of Sacred Stones in Ancient Mesopotamia and the Book of Ether.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Swift, Charles. “Upon Mount Shelem: The Liminal Experience of the Brother of Jared.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Easton-Flake, Amy. “Seeing Moroni and the Book of Ether through a Study of Narrative Time.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Judd, Frank F., Jr. “Moroni’s Six Commentaries in the Book of Ether.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Ludlow, Jared W. “Power in the Book of Ether.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Spencer, Joseph M. “Jared’s Two Daughters.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Frederick, Nicholas J. “Whence the Daughter of Jared?: Text and Context.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Sharp, Ryan H. “Of Captivity and Kingdoms: Helping Students Find a Place in the Book of Ether.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Griffin, Tyler J. “The Jaredite Journey: A Symbolic Reflection of Our Own Journey along the Covenant Path.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records.
Bennett, Richard E. 1820: Dawning of the Restoration. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

What was the world like in 1820? Written to commemorate the bicentennial of the First Vision, this new book introduces the vision and the Restoration of the gospel within a global setting. Seeking to capture the qualities and essential meanings of the age, Richard E. Bennett explores what he calls the “four dominant constellations in the skies of early nineteenth-century history,” namely revolution and reform, Romanticism, emancipation and independence, and religious revivalism. From Napoléon to Beethoven to Bolívar, Dawning of the Restoration is a biographical examination of “the year of our Lord 1820” as it broke upon a weary world that was cautiously seeking new hopes, new dreams, and bold new visions—including Joseph Smith’s. ISBN 978-1-9443-9494-3

Cope, Rachel, Carter Charles, and Jordan T. Watkins, eds. How and What You Worship: Christology and Praxis in the Revelations of Joseph Smith. Proceedings of The 49th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

The 49th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium Section 93 of the Doctrine and Covenants deals with concepts that scholars term Christology and praxis. Christology has to do with the study of Christ’s nature, while praxis involves religious practice. That this revelation should insist on both the “how” and the “what” of worship indicates that knowledge and practice are inseparable. As this volume demonstrates, Joseph Smith’s revelations and teachings constitute a unique textual setting to analyze this relationship. This volume focuses on both the person of Christ and the practice of worshipping him as outlined in the revelations of Joseph Smith. More specifically, this volume seeks to understand Christ as revealed in the revelations and clarify the practices required of those who worship a being who grew “from grace to grace.” ISBN 978-1-9443-9499-8

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Harper, Steven C. “First Vision–Based Christology and Praxis for Anxious Teens.” In How and What You Worship.
Frederick, Nicholas J. “Incarnation, Exaltation, and Christological Tension in Doctrine and Covenants 93:1–20.” In How and What You Worship.
Lane, Jennifer Clark. “Choosing Divinity, Choosing Christ.” In How and What You Worship.
Haws, JB. “Doctrine and Covenants Theology, Eastern Orthodoxy Terminology: Seeking Clarity about Theosis/Deification.” In How and What You Worship.
Brown, Samuel Morris. “The (True) Light of Christ in Joseph Smith’s Revelations.” In How and What You Worship.
Watkins, Jordan T., and Christopher J. Blythe. “Christology and Theosis in the Revelations and Teachings of Joseph Smith.” In How and What You Worship.
Sleegers, Richard. “Praxis Makes Perfect: Christian Perfection and Imitatio Christi in Joseph Smith’s Temple Pedagogy.” In How and What You Worship.
Charles, Carter. “‘Thou Art an Elect Lady’: How Christ Includes and Empowers Women in Doctrine and Covenants 25.” In How and What You Worship.
Spencer, Joseph M. “‘A Revelation I Give unto You’: The Revelation of Jesus Christ to Emma Hale Smith.” In How and What You Worship.
Mason, Patrick Q. “Zionic Nonviolence as Christian Worship and Praxis.” In How and What You Worship.
Dirkmaat, Gerrit J., and Andrew C. Reed. “‘The Kingdom of God and His Laws’: Joseph Smith’s Revelations and Teachings on Christ’s Kingdom and Church in the Council of Fifty.” In How and What You Worship.
Hilton, John, III. “Joseph Smith, Gethsemane, and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.” In How and What You Worship.
Diamond, Mark S., and Andrew C. Reed, eds. Understanding Covenants and Communities: Jews and Latter-day Saints in Dialogue. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

Interfaith dialogues of understanding are valuable both for challenging individuals to articulate their beliefs and practices in a careful way and for deepening connections between people of different faiths. The Jewish and Latter-day Saint communities have at times been at odds, yet they share a number of significant historical and communal bonds. Understanding Covenants and Communities comes out of the Jewish–Latter-day Saint Academic Dialogue Project, a groundbreaking interfaith encounter between these two religious communities. The fruit of five conferences held semiannually since 2016, the volume addresses such themes as theological foundations, sacred scriptures, lived experience and worship, and culture and politics. Readers will emerge with a deeper understanding of the Jewish and Latter-day Saint traditions and how the two faith communities can engage in a meaningful dialogue. ISBN 978-1-9443-9496-7

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Hopkin, Shon D., Mark S. Diamond, Steven Windmueller, and Andrew C. Reed. “A History of the Jewish–Latter-day Saint Academic Dialogue.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Hopkin, Shon D. “Ancient Foundations of a Modern Religion: Latter-day Saints and the Hebrew Bible.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Wayment, Thomas A. “Latter-day Saint Engagement with Paul: Status Quaestionis.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Garroway, Joshua D. “A Jewish View of Paul.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Ludlow, Jared W., Andrew C. Reed, and Shon D. Hopkin. “Supersessionism and Latter-day Saint Thought: An Appraisal.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Garroway, Joshua D. “Supersessionism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: A Jewish Response.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Frankiel, Tamar. “Exploring the Lived Experience of Jewish Women.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Garroway, Kristine. “Women and Religion in Ancient Israel.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Diamond, Mark S. “Shabbat in Jewish Thought and Practice.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Top, Brent L. “Guardian of Faith: The Sabbath in Latter-day Saint Theology, History, and Practice.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Frankiel, Tamar. “Jewish Liturgy and the Religious Imagination.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Hopkin, Shon D. “Latter-day Saint Liturgical Practice: The Psalms and the Day of Atonement.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Levitsky, Holli G. “A Limited History of Jewish American Literature.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Windmueller, Steven. “Zion and Israel in Jewish Political Thought.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Monson, J. Quin, and Kelly N. Duncan. “Passive Zionism versus Christian Zionism: Latter-day Saint and Evangelical Protestant Attitudes about Israel.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Windmueller, Steven, and Mark S. Diamond. “What Jews Can Learn from Latter-day Saints: Insights from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” In Understanding Covenants and Communities.
Esplin, Scott C., ed. Raising the Standard of Truth: Exploring the History and Teachings of the Early Restoration. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

This volume explores events and teachings of the early years of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Featuring scholars from Brigham Young University, the Church History Department, and the Joseph Smith Papers, the collection of prominent materials previously produced by the BYU Religious Studies Center is designed as a companion to personal and family study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history. Chapters explore Joseph Smith’s accounts of his First Vision, the translation of the Book of Mormon, and the restoration of priesthood power. Doctrinal teachings about consecration, Zion, the kingdoms of glory, and work for the dead are also investigated, as are harrowing experiences in Liberty and Carthage Jails and the exodus to the West. ISBN 978-1-9503-0401-1

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Harper, Steven C. “A Seeker’s Guide to the Historical Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Harper, Steven C. “The Probation of a Teenage Seer: Joseph Smith’s Early Experiences with Moroni.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Haws, JB. “The Lost 116 Pages Story: What We Do Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Might Know.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Dirkmaat, Gerrit J., and Michael Hubbard MacKay. “Firsthand Witness Accounts of the Translation Process.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Easton-Flake, Amy, and Rachel Cope. “A Multiplicity of Witnesses: Women and the Translation Process.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Sweat, Anthony. “Hefted and Handled: Tangible Interactions with Book of Mormon Objects.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Barney, Ronald O. “The Restoration of the Priesthoods.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Esplin, Scott C. “‘Why the Ohio? Lessons from the Command to Gather’” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Harper, Steven C. “‘That They Might Come to Understanding’: Revelation as Process.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Griffiths, Casey Paul. “‘A Covenant and a Deed Which Cannot Be Broken’: The Continuing Saga of Consecration.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Rutherford, Taunalyn F. “‘Her Borders Must Be Enlarged’: Evolving Conceptions of Zion.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Lane, Jennifer Clark. “Redemption’s Grand Design for Both the Living and the Dead.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Harper, Steven C. “Joseph Smith and the Kirtland Temple.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Manscill, Craig K., and Kenneth L. Alford. “Hyrum Smith’s Liberty Jail Letters.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Baugh, Alexander L. “‘For Their Salvation Is Necessary and Essential to Our Salvation’: Joseph Smith and the Practice of Baptism and Confirmation for the Dead.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Cope, Rachel. “Thoughts on Reclaiming the History of Relief Society.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Jensen, R. Devan, Michael A. Goodman, and Barbara Morgan Gardner. “‘Line upon Line’: Joseph Smith’s Growing Understanding of the Eternal Family.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Hedges, Andrew H. “Eternal Marriage and Plural Marriage.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Hedges, Andrew H. “Enemies Within: Robert Foster, the Higbees, and the Martyrdom of Joseph Smtih.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Orton, Chad M. “‘This Shall Be Our Covenant’: Brigham Young and D&C 136.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Perkins, Eric, and Mary Jane Woodger. “Administration in the ‘DO’: John Taylor’s Administration from Hiding in the Underground.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Bennett, Richard E. “‘And I Saw the Hosts of the Dead, Both Small and Great’: Joseph F. Smith, World War I, and His Visions of the Dead’” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Reeve, W. Paul. “Race, the Priesthood, and Temples.” In Raising the Standard of Truth.
Lane, Jennifer Clark. Finding Christ in the Covenant Path: Ancient Insights for Modern Life. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

This volume offers a fresh but faithful focus on the journey of covenants and discipleship through the double lens of ancient words and medieval images. The first part of the book helps us see Christ’s identity as our Redeemer by exploring the ancient words that connect covenants, redemption, worship, the presence of the Lord, and sitting down enthroned in God’s presence as his children and heirs. The second part of the book reveals Christ as our ransom by exploring medieval images, particularly the image of Christ. With personal anecdotes, historical background, and scriptural analysis, this section uses devotional images and late medieval practices of contemplation as a strategy to come unto Christ. By using medieval images as a counterpoint to Restoration practices and ordinances, we can more fully appreciate the gift of God’s Son and see it with fresh eyes. ISBN 978-1-9443-9490-5

Parry, Donald W. Preserved in Translation: Hebrew and Other Ancient Literary Forms in the Book of Mormon. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

It should come as no surprise that the Book of Mormon reads like an ancient Hebrew book. After all, its story begins in the world of the Old Testament and its chroniclers were literate in some form of Hebrew. What is surprising is that there are so many Hebraisms in the book—and that they have survived translation into English! Many of these remnants that persist in the text make for odd English but are perfectly sound Biblical Hebrew. Go to a Book of Mormon Central review of this book HERE. ISBN 978-1-9443-9495-0

Sainsbury, Derek R. Storming the Nation: The Unknown Contributions of Joseph Smith’s Political Missionaries. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

This volume uncovers the significant but previously unknown contributions of the electioneers who advocated for Joseph Smith’s 1844 presidential campaign. The focus is the cadre of more than six hundred political missionaries—who they were before the campaign, their activities and experiences as electioneers, and who they became following the campaign’s untimely collapse. This book recounts their important and even crucial contributions they made in the succession crisis, the exodus from the United States, and the building of Zion in the Great Basin. Importantly, this narrative describes how their campaigning with the Quorum of Twelve Apostles using theodemocratic themes, coupled with the shock of Joseph Smith’s assassination, steeled and subsequently spurred many of them into effective religious, political, social, and economic leaders—leaders who shaped Latter-day Saint history. ISBN 978-1-9443-9492-9

Sweat, Anthony. Repicturing the Restoration: New Art to Expand Our Understanding. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.

While existing artwork that portrays the Restoration is rich and beautiful, until now many key events in Latter-day Saint history have surprisingly never been depicted to accurately represent important events of the historical record. The purpose of this volume is to produce paintings of some of the underrepresented events in order to expand our understanding of the Restoration. Each image includes a richly researched historical background, some artistic insights into the painting’s composition, an application section providing one way this history may inform our present faith, and an analysis section offering potent questions that can be considered for further discussion. Through these new paintings, artist, author, and Professor Anthony Sweat takes readers through a timeline history of pivotal events and revelations of the early Restoration. This book is not just a wonderful art book, it is also a pedagogical book using art as a launching pad to learn, evaluate, apply, and discuss important aspects of Latter-day Saint history and doctrine as readers repicture the Restoration. ISBN 978-1-9443-9498-1

2021
Alford, Kenneth L., Lloyd D. Newell, and Alexander L. Baugh, eds. Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC: History, People, and Places. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

This volume takes a fresh look at the history, people, and places in Washington, DC, that have affected the Church. Beginning with Joseph Smith’s earliest interactions with the federal government in the 1830s, the Church’s progress has been shaped by leaders and members interacting in Washington. This volume is filled with essays on many topics about the Church’s history, people, and places in the nation’s capital. It also chronicles many of the Saints and statesmen who have worked to bring the Church out of obscurity and onto a national and international stage. ISBN 978-1-9503-0403-5

Articles

Korth, Byran B. “Joseph Smith’s 1839–40 Visit to Washington.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Watkins, Jordan T. “The Revelatory Sources of Latter-day Saint Petitioning.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Dirkmaat, Gerrit J. “‘Obliterated from the Face of the Earth’: Latter‐day Saint Flight and Expulsion.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Woods, Fred E. “A Mission to Washington: Orson Pratt’s Publishing of The Seer.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Baugh, Alexander L. “The Smithsonian Sunstone: An Iconic Nauvoo Temple Relic.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Newell, Lloyd D. “‘Make the Air with Music Ring’: A Personal Perspective of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Dyer, W. Justin, and Michael A. Goodman. “The Prophetic Nature of the Family Proclamation.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Haws, JB. “On the Pages of the Post: Latter-day Saints and Washington’s Newspaper of Record.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Griffiths, Casey Paul. “Latter-day Saints in the National Consciousness: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Charles, Carter. “Theodore Roosevelt’s Defense of the Latter-day Saints.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Jensen, R. Devan, and Petra Javadi-Evans. “Senator Elbert D. Thomas: Advocate for the World.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Ogletree, Mark D. “Ezra Taft Benson’s Influence on Washington.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Atta, Dale Van. “Hot Shoppes, Hotels, and Influence: The Marriotts in Washington.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Christensen, Roger G. “At the Crossroads: T. H. Bell’s Role in the Reagan Administration.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Woodger, Mary Jane, and Brooke Anderson. “Beverly Campbell: Church Public and International Affairs Director.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Hardy, Ralph W., Jr. “Eight Latter-day Saints Who Made a Difference in Washington.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Sweat, Anthony. “Joseph Smith in the National Portrait Gallery.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Gaskill, Alonzo L., and Seth G. Soha. “The Washington Chapel: An Elias to the Washington D.C. Temple.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Heward, Maclane E. “The Washington D.C. Temple: Mr. Smith’s Church Goes to Washington.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Alford, Kenneth L. “Latter-day Saints at Arlington National Cemetery.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Esplin, Scott C. “Church and State: The National Park Service and Nauvoo.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Crookston, Richard B., and R. Devan Jensen. “Historic Sites in Washington, DC: A Photo Essay.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Baugh, Alexander L., Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin C. Pykles, eds. Joseph Smith and His First Vision: Context, Place, and Meaning. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

This volume celebrates the bicentennial of Joseph Smith’s 1820 First Vision of the Father and the Son, a founding event in the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Contributors examine the various accounts of the vision, the religious excitement prevalent in the region, the question that prompted Joseph to enter the grove, the powers of darkness that assailed him, and the natural environment and ultimate preservation of the Sacred Grove. This volume brings together some of the finest presentations from a 2020 BYU Church History Symposium honoring the bicentennial of the First Vision. ISBN 978-1-9503-0408-0

Articles

Oaks, Dallin H. “Writing about the Prophet Joseph Smith.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Dew, Sheri L. “Joseph Smith and the Problem of Loneliness.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Bushman, Richard Lyman. “The First Vision in 2020.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Cope, Rachel. “The First Vision within the Context of Revivalism.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Bennett, Richard E. “Quiet Revivalism: New Light on the Burned-Over District.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Staker, Mark Lyman, and Donald L. Enders. “Excitement on the Subject of Religion: Controversy within Palmyra’s 1819 and 1820 Preaching District.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Barney, Quinten Zehn. “A Contextual Background for Joseph Smith’s Last Known Recounting of the First Vision.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Godfrey, Matthew C. “The ‘Nature’ of Revelation: The Influence of the Natural Environment on Joseph Smith’s Revelatory Experiences.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Boatright, Gary L., Jr. “The Sacred Grove: Its History, Preservation, and Regeneration.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Hepworth, Steven. “‘I Was Seized Upon by Some Power’: Joseph Smith, Satan, and the First Vision.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Jackson, Kent P. “‘O Lord, What Church Shall I Join?’: The Question and the Answer.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Olsen, Steven L. “Literary Craftsmanship of the Joseph Smith Story.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Tait, Lisa Olsen. “Susa Young Gates’s ‘Vision Beautiful’” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Griffiths, Casey Paul. “The First Vision Goes to the Movies.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision.
Belnap, Daniel L., and Aaron P. Schade, eds. From Creation to Sinai: The Old Testament through the Lens of the Restoration. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

For some, the Old Testament is a difficult volume to read, much less understand. The language, symbolism, and history depicted within it can be challenging and at times frustrating. Modern biblical research and the methodologies used in that research have opened up this book of scripture to greater understanding. So too have the restoration of the priesthood and continuing revelation, which have revealed that the Old Testament patriarchs are not simply literary examples of righteous behavior in the past but living beings who have engaged with the Saints in this dispensation. This volume incorporates both academic insights and restoration revelation, thus demonstrating the way in which both can be used to gain greater insight into these pivotal narratives. ISBN 978-1-9503-0419-6

Articles

Schade, Aaron P., and Daniel L. Belnap. “Introduction.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Belnap, Daniel L. “In the Beginning: Genesis 1–3 and Its Significance to the Latter-day Saints.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Skinner, Andrew C. “Cain and Abel (Genesis 4 and Moses 5).” In From Creation to Sinai.
Ludlow, Jared W. “Enoch in the Old Testament and Beyond.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Schade, Aaron P. “The Rainbow as a Token in Genesis: Covenants and Promises in the Flood Story.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Pierce, George A. “The Ancestors of Israel and the Environment of Canaan in the Early Second Millennium BC.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Muhlestein, Kerry. “Israel, Egypt, and Canaan.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Hopkin, Shon D. “The Covenant among Covenants: The Abrahamic Covenant and Biblical Covenant Making.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Gee, John. “The Wanderings of Abraham.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Shannon, Avram R. “Abraham: A Man of Relationships.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Benson, RoseAnn. “Lot: Likened to Noah.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Schade, Aaron P. “Isaac and Jacob: Succession Narratives, Birthrights, and Blessings.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Olson, Camille Fronk. “The Matriarchs: Administrators of God’s Covenantal Blessings.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Gee, John. “Clothes and Cups: The Tangible World of Joseph.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Muhlestein, Kerry. “‘What I Will Do to Pharaoh’: The Plagues Viewed as a Divine Confrontation with Pharaoh.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Skinner, Andrew C., and Daniel L. Belnap. “The Promise and the Provocation: The Sinai Narrative.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Bowen, Matthew L. “‘I Will Give Judgment unto Him in Writing’: The Three Law Codes of the Pentateuch.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Pike, Dana M. “Balaam in the Book of Numbers.” In From Creation to Sinai.
Schade, Aaron P., and Matthew L. Bowen. The Book of Moses: From the Ancient of Days to the Latter Days. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

The Book of Moses is canonized scripture spanning the epochs of Creation, Adam and Eve, Enoch, and Noah. Its content was revealed anciently by God to Moses and re-revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith in modern times. This book explores the origins and development of the Book of Moses, its ancient nuances, the linguistic features of its revelations, and how its sweeping visions and rich doctrines inspired and guided Joseph Smith and the early members of what would become The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their pursuit of Zion.

Franklin, Aaron D. The Spiritual Physics of Light: How We See, Feel, and Know Truth. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

Light is everywhere! It gives us vision, keeps us warm, and facilitates life. Light is even responsible for developments in communications technology, the internet, and space travel. However, light is not just a physical concept. It is a central theme used throughout scripture to literally and metaphorically describe spiritual concepts. Throughout history, scientists have studied light physically and theologians have studied light spiritually. But what if these two realms of study were combined? What if the physical light we see is actually related to the spiritual light discussed in scripture? Can we apply what we know about light scientifically to what we know about light doctrinally? In this book, engineer, chemist, and professor Aaron D. Franklin explores these questions and more by connecting principles of physical light to gospel truths about spiritual light. In so doing, Franklin provides an accessible way for us all, no matter our scientific or doctrinal prowess, to learn how we see, feel, and know truth—which is, of course, light. ISBN 978-1-9503-0407-3

Grandy, David A. All the Way to Heaven: Discovering God’s Love in the Here and Now. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

This volume explores the possibility that mortality is framed and informed by God’s love in more ways than we normally suppose. We live within the cosmic embrace of God’s love, even when we encounter difficulties. Hence, as the medieval Catholic thinker Catherine of Siena suggested, “All the way to heaven is heaven” because gospel obedience brings joy and, in a perfectly natural way, fits us for the celestial kingdom. In the process we are stretched out along the long arc of God’s love. Our hearts turn to others, and not just to those about us but also to our ancestors and generations yet unborn. As we discover the depths of Christ’s Atonement, our everyday thinking and conduct begin to hum the miracles of God’s love, chief of which is that there is no bottom to that love. ISBN 978-1-9503-0409-7

Griffiths, Casey Paul. Truth Seeker: The Life of Joseph F. Merrill, Scientist, Educator, and Apostle. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

Joseph F. Merrill became the first native Utahn to earn a PhD. Working at the University of Utah, he labored to reconcile the secular world with the spiritual world of his youth. In 1912 he helped establish the first Latter-day Saint seminary at Granite High School. As Church commissioner of education, he helped establish the institutes of religion, with a mission to allow college students to reconcile the secular truths learned in university settings with the truths of the gospel. He created the Religion Department at Brigham Young University and encouraged young scholars to produce professional studies of the Latter-day Saint religion. In 1933 Merrill was called as an Apostle, where he continued his work to modernize the Church. In the final years of his life, Merrill continued to work to show that science and religion could be reconciled. ISBN 978-1-9503-0412-7

Hinckley, Clark B., ed. Rescued: The Courageous Journey of Mary Goble Pay. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

Thirteen-year-old Mary Goble and her family were part of the pioneer overland journey to Utah Territory in the John A. Hunt wagon company in 1856. They traveled close to the Edward Martin handcart company and suffered with them through the cold of Wyoming. The core of the book is a transcription of Mary’s handwritten memoir with annotations that corroborate, correct, and provide context. This annotated transcription is bookended by an introduction and epilogue that place Mary’s story of her journey in the context of her life before and after her emigration. ISBN 978-1-9503-0405-9

Hyer, Michael Harold. Saints at War in the Philippines: Latter-day Saints in WWII Prison Camps. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were among US soldiers in World War II who endured the atrocities of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines and the brutality of Japanese POW camps. This is the story, largely told through their personal accounts, of a group of twenty-nine Latter-day Saint POWs in the Philippines, the events that brought them together to form an informal branch of the Church in an infamous POW camp, a remarkable event in the history of the Church, and the events that would later pull them apart—twelve to their liberation and seventeen to their death. ISBN 978-1-9503-0413-4

Shannon, Avram R., Gaye Strathearn, George A. Pierce, and Joshua M. Sears, eds. Covenant of Compassion: Caring for the Marginalized and Disadvantaged in the Old Testament. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

In general conference, President Russell M. Nelson spoke about poverty and other humanitarian concerns, declaring, “As members of the Church, we feel a kinship to those who suffer in any way. . . . We heed an Old Testament admonition: ‘Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy’ (Deuteronomy 15:11).” President Nelson’s linking of Old Testament law with modern social concerns highlights the continued relevancy of the Old Testament for confronting modern challenges, including poverty, ethnocentrism, and the world’s growing refugee crisis. ISBN 978-1-9503-0414-1

Articles

McCarlie, V. Wallace, Jr., and Andrew C. Skinner. “Sidney B. Sperry: Seeking to Know the Word.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Eubank, Sharon. “‘A Kingdom of Priests, and an Holy Nation’: The Work of Covenant Women and Men Making Societal Zion.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Seely, David Rolph, and Jo Ann H. Seely. “The Cry of the Widow, the Fatherless, and the Stranger: The Covenant Obligation to Help the Poor and Oppressed.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Muhlestein, Kerry. “Covenantal Command: Love Thy Neighbor.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Sears, Joshua M. “‘Behold These Thy Brethren!’: Deeply Seeing All of Our Brothers and Sisters.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Easton-Flake, Amy. “Recognizing Responsibility and Standing with Victims: Studying Women of the Old Testament.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Shannon, Avram R., and Thora Florence Shannon. “Models of Motherhood: Expansive Mothering in the Old Testament.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Strathearn, Gaye, and Angela Cothran. “Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz: Borders, Relationships, Law, and Ḥesed.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Pike, Dana M. “The Poor and the Needy in the Book of Isaiah.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Bowen, Matthew L. “‘The Lord Hath Founded Zion, and the Poor of His People Shall Trust in it’: Covenant Economics, Atonement, and the Meaning of Zion.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Lane, Jennifer Clark. “Remembering Redemption, Avoiding Idolatry: A Covenant Perspective on Caring for the Poor.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Jevtic-Somlai, Elizabeta, and Robin Peterson. “This Story Is our Story Because We Were Strangers: The Relevance of Exodus 22:21 and Leviticus 19:33–34 in Refugee Awareness Work.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Pierce, George A. “The Experience of Israelite Refugees: Lessons Gleaned from the Archaeology of Eighth-Century-BC Judah.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Calabro, David M. “Disability and Social Justice in Ancient Israelite Culture.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Cowan, Richard O. “‘Open Thou Mine Eyes’: Blindness and the Blind in the Old Testament.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Matson, Joshua M. “Covenants, Kinship, and Caring for the Destitute in the Book of Amos.” In Covenant of Compassion.
LeFevre, David A. “Justice and Righteousness: Jeremiah against King and People.” In Covenant of Compassion.
McClellan, Daniel O. “‘Go Ye and Learn What That Meaneth’: Mercy and Law in the Old Testament’s Prophetic Literature and in the Gospels.” In Covenant of Compassion.
Pierce, Krystal V. L., and David Rolph Seely, eds. Approaching Holiness: Exploring the History and Teachings of the Old Testament. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

This volume aims to assist in the personal and family study of the history and teachings of the Old Testament. The book gathers some of the clearest writings on the Old Testament that have been published by the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University. The Old Testament is not only foundational to our understanding of the birth, life, atonement, crucifixion, and resurrection of the Savior, as found in the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and other scripture, but it also teaches us about God, our faith history, and the spiritual heritage of the house of Israel. ISBN 978-1-9503-0420-2

Articles

Condie, Spencer J. “‘I Will Write My Law in Their Hearts’” In Approaching Holiness.
Seely, Jo Ann H., and David Rolph Seely. “Jesus the Messiah: Prophet, Priest and King.” In Approaching Holiness.
Jackson, Kent P. “The Old Testament and Easter.” In Approaching Holiness.
Belnap, Daniel L. “‘How Excellent Is Thy Lovingkindness’: The Gospel Principle of Hesed.” In Approaching Holiness.
Pike, Dana M. “Biblical Hebrew Words You Already Know and Why They Are Important.” In Approaching Holiness.
Calabro, David M. “Gestures of Praise: Lifting and Spreading the Hands in Biblical Prayer.” In Approaching Holiness.
Muhlestein, Kerry. “Recognizing the Everlasting Covenant in the Scriptures.” In Approaching Holiness.
Benson, RoseAnn. “The Marriage of Adam and Eve: Ritual and Literary Elements.” In Approaching Holiness.
Lane, Jennifer Clark. “The Whole Meaning of the Law: Christ’s Vicarious Sacrifice.” In Approaching Holiness.
Lund, Robert E. “Teaching Old Testament Laws.” In Approaching Holiness.
Pierce, Krystal V. L. “The Gēr in the Pentateuch and the Book of Mormon: Refugee Treatment under the Mosaic Law.” In Approaching Holiness.
Strathearn, Gaye. “‘Holiness to the Lord’ and Personal Temple Worship.” In Approaching Holiness.
Shannon, Avram R. “‘Come Near unto Me’: Guarded Space and Its Mediators in the Jerusalem Temple.” In Approaching Holiness.
Skinner, Andrew C. “Seeing God in His Temple: A Significant Theme in Israel’s Psalms.” In Approaching Holiness.
Hopkin, Shon D., and J. Arden Hopkin. “The Psalms Sung: The Power of Music in Sacred Worship.” In Approaching Holiness.
Ball, Terry B. “Isaiah and the Messiah.” In Approaching Holiness.
Rennaker, Jacob A. “Approaching Holiness: Sacred Space in Ezekiel.” In Approaching Holiness.
Schade, Aaron P. “The Imagery of Hosea’s Family and the Restoration of Israel.” In Approaching Holiness.
Sears, Joshua M. “‘O Lord God, Forgive!’: Prophetic Intercession in Amos.” In Approaching Holiness.
Pierce, George A. “Understanding Micah’s Lament for Judah (Micah 1:10–16) through Text, Archaeology, and Geography.” In Approaching Holiness.
Swift, Charles, ed. Samuel the Lamanite: That Ye Might Believe. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.

This third volume by the Book of Mormon Academy at Brigham Young University is a study of the sermon of Samuel the Lamanite by means of four analytical lenses. The first, a prophetic lens, discusses the roles of prophets, the prophetic promise of “prolonged days,” and Samuel’s prophecies. The second lens is pedagogical, providing readers with a greater understanding of how to teach the sermon. Readers who take advantage of the third lens, which is cultural-theological, will discover a useful framework for comprehending the ethics of wealth in the sermon, witness how Samuel stands up to Nephite discrimination, and benefit from a detailed reading of the sermon that will enable them to grasp how spiritual death divides both Christ and human beings. Lastly, the fourth set of lenses, literary in nature, assists the reader in recognizing a newly identified type-scene, traces possible sources Samuel may have relied on, explores sources Mormon may have turned to as he abridged the work, and studies parallels between the ancient sermon and a form of early American speech known as the “jeremiad.” ISBN 978-1-9503-0410-3

Articles

Shannon, Avram R. “Prophets and Prophecy in the Book of Mormon: The Case of Samuel the Lamanite.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Hull, Kerry. “‘In the Day of My Wisdom’: The Prolongation of Days among Israel.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Judd, Frank F., Jr. “Samuel the Lamanite and Prophecies Fulfilled.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Sharp, Ryan H. “‘Was It Not So?’ Remembering the Contributions of Samuel the Lamanite.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Becerra, Daniel. “Samuel the Lamanite and the Ethics of Wealth in the Book of Mormon.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Martin, Jan J. “Samuel the Lamanite: Confronting the Wall of Nephite Prejudice.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Spencer, Joseph M. “Spiritual Death Divided and Dividing.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Swift, Charles. “Samuel the Lamanite: Key Prophet in the Returning Prophet Type-Scene.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Hilton, John, III, Sunny Hendry Hafen, and Jaron Hansen. “Samuel’s Nephite Sources.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Belnap, Daniel L. “‘There Was One Samuel’: Possible Multiple Sources for the Samuel Narrative.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Frederick, Nicholas J. “Nephite Jeremiad or Lamanite Encomium? Helaman 13–15 and Lamanite Exceptionalism.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
Frederick, Nicholas J., Kerry Hull, and Joseph M. Spencer. “Scholarly Notes on Helaman 13–16: Appendix.” In Samuel the Lamanite.
2022
Becerra, Daniel, Amy Easton-Flake, Nicholas J. Frederick, and Joseph M. Spencer. Book of Mormon Studies: An Introduction and Guide. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

Where does one go to learn more about Book of Mormon studies? For those who do not regularly engage with scholarship, it’s hard to know how to begin. Currently there’s no general guide to Book of Mormon scholarship available to the public. Even with all that’s happened in the last few decades, and especially all that’s happening right now in Book of Mormon studies, this situation needs to be remedied. There has been no general guide to Book of Mormon scholarship available to the public—until now. This introduction breaks down Book of Mormon studies, from its history to the obstacles that will need to be overcome as it moves forward. Additionally, this introduction provides readers with resources that they can turn to for further information on Book of Mormon studies. ISBN 978-1-9503-0426-4

Blumell, Lincoln H., Jason Robert Combs, Mark D. Ellison, Frank F. Judd Jr., and Cecilia M. Peek, eds. The Household of God: Families and Belonging in the Social World of the New Testament. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

The 51st Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium The related themes of households and families figure prominently in the New Testament. On various occasions Jesus taught about marriage, divorce, and more general familial relations. Jesus, Peter, and Paul also taught about the important contributions single members and widows make in the kingdom and such household complexities as mixed-faith marriages or relationships between slaves and masters. Thus, the New Testament contains much counsel on household conduct, familial relationships, and belonging to “the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). The Sperry Symposium, named in honor of pioneering Latter-day Saint scripture scholar Sidney B. Sperry and held on the campus of Brigham Young University, seeks each year to examine and illuminate an aspect of the religious and cultural heritage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ISBN 978-1-9503-0434-9

Articles

Clark, Kim B. “The Power of the New Testament in the Latter Days.” In The Household of God.
Olson, Camille Fronk. “‘No More Strangers or Foreigners, but Fellowcitizens’” In The Household of God.
Ludlow, Jared W. “Families as Discipleship: New Testament Teachings about Family.” In The Household of God.
Strathearn, Gaye. “Communal Settings for Meals in the New Testament.” In The Household of God.
Korth, Byran B., and Andrew C. Reed. “Become as Little Children: Participating in the Household of God.” In The Household of God.
Huntsman, Eric D. “The Family of God in the Gospel of John.” In The Household of God.
Frederick, Nicholas J. “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the New Testament World.” In The Household of God.
Sears, Joshua M., and Avram R. Shannon. “‘Let Me Take Another Wife’: Israelite, Jewish, and Latter-day Saint Polygamy in Historical and Literary Perspective.” In The Household of God.
Ellison, Mark D. “The Inclusion of Sexual Minorities in the Family of God.” In The Household of God.
Mickelson, Andy. “Recognizing and Understanding Slavery in the New Testament.” In The Household of God.
Ellison, Lauren. “The Slave Girls, My Sisters.” In The Household of God.
Bowen, Matthew L. “‘He Is Not Ashamed to Call Them Brethren’: Family Structure in Hebrew 2:10-18 and Jesus Christ’s Fraternal Roles in Atoning for Humanity.” In The Household of God.
Blumell, Lincoln H., and Frank F. Judd Jr. “Additional Resources for Gospel Teachers.” In The Household of God.
Bolton, Andrew, and Casey Paul Griffiths, eds. Restorations: Scholars in Dialogue from Community of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

This book contains reflections from two groups of scholars who trace their beginnings to the early Saints who built the Kirtland Temple. These scholars come from the two largest branches of the Restoration movement, Community of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who have often found themselves on the opposite sides of many issues. This book is filled with honest, frank conversations between people of the two faiths but also collegiality and friendship. Centered on twelve themes, this dialogue is about bringing together informed scholars from the two churches working together, with goodwill, to accurately understand each other. ISBN 978-1-9503-0431-8

Articles

Moore, Richard G. “A Brief History of the Dialogue.” In Restorations.
Bolton, Andrew, and Alonzo L. Gaskill. “Jesus Christ.” In Restorations.
Goheen, Kat, and Joshua M. Sears. “Scripture.” In Restorations.
Millet, Robert L., and John Taylor. “Salvation.” In Restorations.
Erickson, Eva M., and Casey Paul Griffiths. “Ordinances and Sacraments.” In Restorations.
Ford, Taunalyn, and Matthew J. Frizzell. “Prophets and Polity.” In Restorations.
Gardner, Barbara Morgan, and Christie Skoorsmith. “Personhood.” In Restorations.
Mackay, Lachlan, and Keith J. Wilson. “The First Vision and Continuing Revelation.” In Restorations.
Watkins, Jordan T., and Gina Colvin. “Apostasy and Restoration.” In Restorations.
Esplin, Scott C., and Katherine Hill. “Shared Sacred Space.” In Restorations.
Heward, Maclane E., and David J. Howlett. “Zion.” In Restorations.
Chou, Po Nien (Felipe), and Petra Chou. Voice of the Saints in Mongolia. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

This is the first comprehensive history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mongolia. The nation is known for its rugged countryside and is called the “land of the eternal blue sky” because of the country’s many days of sunlight, though the harsh climate in Mongolia is really one of short, hot summers and extreme, cold winters. In such a harsh climate, one might not expect the gospel message to thrive, but it has. Through groundbreaking first-person accounts, the authors have captured and shared the voice of the Saints in this land, highlighting vital aspects of the establishment, growth, and development of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mongolia. From Ulaanbaatar to Darkhan and the other regions of the country, the translation of the scriptures, the creation of stakes, the development of local leadership, building efforts, Deseret International Charities, and administration of the Church, the Mongolian Saints have felt to acknowledge the hand of the Lord in this effort. ISBN 978-1-9503-0428-8

Marks, Loren D., and David C. Dollahite. Home-Centered Gospel Learning and Living: Seeking Greater Personal Revelation. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

In discussing home-centered worship, this volume explores both individual and family worship and draws from reports from a diverse sample of more than five hundred Latter-day Saints who have shared the challenges and barriers they have faced—and successes they have experienced. Individuals and families can establish and maintain a home-centered religious life and strengthen their conversion to the gospel by using these real-life experiences, quotes, and key findings in the social sciences. ISBN 978-1-9503-0432-5

Hilton, John, III, and Nicholas J. Frederick, eds. Learn of Me: History and Teachings of the New Testament. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

This volume of collected essays is intended to assist disciples of Jesus Christ in coming to a deeper understanding of the Savior and his ministry through their personal study of the New Testament. Because the period and culture of the New Testament can be daunting to modern readers, the editors gathered the work of Latter-day Saint scholars who have devoted time and research to gaining a greater understanding of the New Testament. The editors included essays written from a variety of perspectives to highlight the different lenses that can productively be brought to bear on the New Testament. Some of these essays are overtly devotional, while others are more explicitly academic, but all are written with the intent to help each of us accomplish one goal: to learn of him. ISBN 978-1-9503-0433-2

Articles

Webb, Chad H. “‘We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ’” In Learn of Me.
Matson, Joshua M. “Bridging the Biblical Gap: The History of Judea between the Testaments of the Bible.” In Learn of Me.
Becerra, Daniel. “The Canonization of the New Testament.” In Learn of Me.
Strathearn, Gaye. “Teaching the Four Gospels: Five Considerations.” In Learn of Me.
Easton-Flake, Amy. “Marcan Christology: Narrating the Christ.” In Learn of Me.
Wilson, Keith J. “In Times of Discouragement, Remember the Widow of Nain.” In Learn of Me.
Olson, Camille Fronk. “They Ministered unto Him of Their Substance: Women and the Savior.” In Learn of Me.
Gardner, Ryan S. “Jesus Christ and the Feast of Tabernacles.” In Learn of Me.
Lane, Jennifer Clark. “Hostility toward Jesus: Prelude to the Passion.” In Learn of Me.
Judd, Frank F., Jr. “Jesus Christ: The Savior Who Knows.” In Learn of Me.
Hilton, John, III. “The Loving Christ.” In Learn of Me.
Smith, Hank R. “Mourning with Hope.” In Learn of Me.
Strathearn, Gaye, and Joshua M. Sears. “The Church in the First Century.” In Learn of Me.
Wayment, Thomas A. “Peter, Cornelius, and Cultural Boundaries.” In Learn of Me.
Taylor, Catherine Gines. “Women and the World of the New Testament.” In Learn of Me.
Frederick, Nicholas J. “The Life of the Apostle Paul: An Overview.” In Learn of Me.
Strathearn, Gaye. “Peter and Paul in Antioch.” In Learn of Me.
Huntsman, Eric D. “The Occasional Nature, Composition, and Structure of Paul’s Letters.” In Learn of Me.
Olson, Terrance D. “Agency and Self-Deception in the Writings of James and 1 John.” In Learn of Me.
Jackson, Kent P. “New Testament Prophecies of Apostasy.” In Learn of Me.
Draper, Richard D. “‘By His Own Blood He Entered in Once into the Holy Place’: Jesus in Hebrews 9.” In Learn of Me.
Millet, Robert L. “Make Your Calling and Election Sure.” In Learn of Me.
Frederick, Nicholas J. “The Paradoxical Lamb and the Christology of John’s Apocalypse.” In Learn of Me.
Wayment, Thomas A. “‘Seek Ye Out of the Best Books’: Scholarly Books on the New Testament.” In Learn of Me.
Swift, Charles, and Nicholas J. Frederick, eds. They Shall Grow Together: The Bible in the Book of Mormon. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

This fourth volume by the Book of Mormon Academy at Brigham Young University is a careful study of the intersections of two ancient texts: The Book of Mormon and the Bible. The authors approach the two books of scripture from within two fundamental frameworks. First, several of the essays explore the books in terms of the worlds from which they come with their related ideals, interests, and origins. Second, a number of the authors analyze topics based on the texts themselves, closely studying the two texts and helping readers better understand connections. ISBN 978-1-9503-0430-1

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Ludlow, Jared W. “The Influence of the Figure of Moses in the Book of Mormon.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Seely, David Rolph. “The Rhetoric of Self-Reference in Deuteronomy and the Book of Mormon.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Hull, Kerry. “‘O God of Israel, Give a True Decision’: Lot Divination in Biblical Tradition and the Book of Mormon.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Pierce, George A., and Krystal V. L. Pierce. “The Tower of Babel, the Jaredites, and the Nature of God.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Martin, Jan J. “The Prophet Nephi and the Covenantal Nature of ‘Cut Off,’ ‘Cursed,’ ‘Skin of Blackness,’ and ‘Loathsome’” In They Shall Grow Together.
Belnap, Daniel L. “‘They Did Fell the Tree’: The Hanging of Zemnarihah as a Ritual Resolution for Nephite Trauma.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Judd, Frank F., Jr. “The Good Shepherd and His Other Sheep in John 10 and 3 Nephi 15-16.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Frederick, Nicholas J. “The Language of Paul in the Book of Mormon.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Hilton, John, III. “The Book of Mormon on the Bible.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Shannon, Avram R. “The Documentary Hypothesis and the Book of Mormon.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Swift, Charles. “‘I Beheld a Tree’: Lehi’s Dream and Revelation.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Spencer, Joseph M. “The Sticks of Judah and Joseph: Reflections on Defending the Kingdom.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Sharp, Ryan H. “‘Except Some Man Should Guide Me’: Studying Isaiah with Nephi and Jacob.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Sears, Joshua M. “Deutero-Isaiah in the Book of Mormon: Latter-day Saint Approaches.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Pike, Dana M. “Passages from the Book of Micah in the Book of Mormon.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Frederick, Nicholas J. “Appendix: The Bible and the Book of Mormon: A Review of Literature.” In They Shall Grow Together.
Martin, Jan J., and Alonzo L. Gaskill, eds. The Power of Christ’s Deliverance. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

Because mortality is a test, we will all experience some dark days that may include grief, illness, disappointment, disillusionment, temptation, confusion, unanswered questions, and pain. The good news is that Jesus Christ promises deliverance from all our mortal suffering and his promises are sure. While we wait for deliverance to come in his time and in his way, Christ’s intimate understanding of our lives, our trials, our hopes, and our heartaches allows him to perfectly succor, strengthen, and refine us. Speaking from the annual Brigham Young University Easter Conferences in 2021 and 2022, authors Marie C. Hafen, Virginia Hinckley Pearce Cowley, Tyler J. Griffin, John Hilton III, Jan J. Martin, and Jennifer Reeder teach and testify of the power of Christ’s deliverance. ISBN 978-1-9503-0423-3

Articles

Hafen, Marie K. “When Does Easter Morning Come?” In The Power of Christ’s Deliverance.
Cowley, Virginia Hinckley Pearce. “Cause for Celebration.” In The Power of Christ’s Deliverance.
Griffin, Tyler J. “I Know That My Redeemer Lived.” In The Power of Christ’s Deliverance.
Martin, Jan J. “The Resurrection and Recovering from Disillusionment.” In The Power of Christ’s Deliverance.
Reeder, Jennifer. “Honoring Mortality.” In The Power of Christ’s Deliverance.
Jackson, Kent P. Understanding Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

This book examines what the New Translation is (today most Latter-day Saints refer to it as the Joseph Smith Translation), what it contains, what it teaches, and how Joseph Smith arrived at its text. The author has written it with the intent to make the information accessible to scholars and general audiences alike and its chapters not only informative but also readable. Jackson is a believer in the prophetic mission of Joseph Smith and considers the New Translation and its story to be evidence of his divine calling. More importantly, however, is the message that is clear throughout the New Translation’s pages—that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. For the most part we have good enough evidence to reconstruct the mechanical process by which Joseph Smith created his Bible revision, that is, the way he dictated the text and the way his scribes wrote it to create what is written on the existing manuscript pages. But behind the physical artifact, what were the means by which he came to the words that would become the New Translation? Did they come from his own experience, from assumptions he made while reading the Bible, or from other sources? Or did some or all the text come through revelation, as he and his followers believed? What were the instincts that guided his work, and how did he translate those instincts into words? This book cannot answer the theological questions, but it can assess the evidence in the primary documents in an effort to understand how the New Translation came to be. ISBN 978-1-9503-0415-8

Jackson, Kent P., ed. Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible: The Joseph Smith Translation and the King James Translation in Parallel Columns. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

The complete text of the Bible revision made by Joseph Smith, the Latter-day Saint prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presented with modern punctuation and spelling and with the original chapter and verse divisions created by Joseph Smith and his scribes. The Prophet labored on the Bible project from June 1830 until July 1833. In his lifetime, he and his contemporaries referred to this work as the New Translation. Since the late 1970s it has most often been called the Joseph Smith Translation. The New Translation makes significant contributions to Latter-day Saint beliefs, particularly in the early chapters of Genesis. Key topics in which the Old and New Testament revisions are the source of significant Latter-day Saint beliefs include the nature of God, the universal impact of God’s work, the plan of salvation, the character and motives of Satan, the fall of Adam and Eve, the antiquity of Christianity, the creation of an ideal community called Zion, the purpose of the law of Moses, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. This volume is published in parallel columns with the corresponding verses of the King James Bible. ISBN 978-1-9503-0421-9

Rosenberg, Gaylamarie. Our Savior from Self-Doubt. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

Self-doubt limits our perception of our potential and diminishes our joy and hope in who we are and what we can become. When we don’t feel good about ourselves, we have help. Jesus Christ saves us not only from our imperfections but also from our imperfect understanding of ourselves. This book explores sources of self-doubt and the impact of positive psychology in changing our thought patterns. It emphasizes an often-ignored dimension of the Atonement of Jesus Christ: how Christ helps us overcome self-doubt and unproductive thinking. ISBN 978-1-9503-0425-7

Tullis, F. LaMond. Grass Roots in Mexico: Stories of Pioneering Latter-day Saints. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2022.

This book tells the inspiring stories of nineteen pioneering Latter-day Saints in Mexico, exploring how and why they converted to the Church and what happened to them, their families, and their descendants afterward. Despite personal, economic, political, social, and religious struggles that tested their newfound faith, these members, like countless other Mexican Saints whose stories are yet untold, turned their lives to the Savior’s gospel of life and salvation and carried on as exemplars to their people. ISBN 978-1-9503-0427-1

2023
Hilton, John, III, Nicholas J. Frederick, Mark D. Ogletree, and Krystal V. L. Pierce, eds. I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon. Proceedings of the Come, Follow Me Symposium in Honor of Sidney B. Sperry. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2023.

At the beginning of the Book of Mormon, Nephi writes, “The fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved” (1 Nephi 6:4; emphasis added). He later writes, “I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell” (2 Nephi 33:6). The pinnacle of the Book of Mormon occurred in 3 Nephi when Jesus Christ personally ministered to the Nephites and Lamanites. Clearly the central purpose of those writing on the plates was to invite and persuade each of us to come unto Jesus Christ, helping us understand his redeeming role.

Jesus Christ is the central figure in the Book of Mormon. Ancient prophets in the western hemisphere consistently pointed to His life and atoning sacrifice. For example, Nephi wrote, “I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell” (2 Nephi 33:6). After His Resurrection, Jesus Christ personally ministered to the Nephites and taught them. This volume shares important reminders about how to focus on Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon.

Articles

Aburto, Renya I. “The Book of Mormon’s Relevance for Us: Promises for Our Time.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Millet, Robert L. “Jesus Christ and the Gathering of Israel.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Matson, Joshua M. “Coming to Know Christ through the ‘I Am’ Statements in the Book of Mormon.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Ricks, Michael David. “Remember Him: The Christ-Centered Focus of Remember in the Book of Mormon.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Pierce, Krystal V. L. “The Brazen Serpent as a Symbol of Jesus Christ: A Dichotomy of Benevolence and Admonition.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Sorenson, Stephanie Dibb. “‘That They May Bear Testimony of Him’: Jesus Christ’s Communication to and about Prophets in the Book of Mormon.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Taeger, Stephan. “According to Their Faith: Alma and Amulek Typify Jesus in Overcoming Evil.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Shannon, Avram R., and Thora Florence Shannon. “‘I Am the Law’: Jesus Christ and the Law of Moses in the Book of Mormon.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Lane, Jennifer Clark. “The Redeemer: Taking upon Him the Sins of the World.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Smoot, Stephen O., and Kerry M. Hull. “Book of Mormon ‘Trinitarianism’ and the Nature of Jesus Christ: Old and New World Contexts.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Belnap, Daniel L. “‘That Ye Might Feel and See’: Touch in the First Day of Christ’s Ministry.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Andersen, Camey L. “Mentoring in the Savior’s Way: Learning from Jesus Christ’s Example in 3 Nephi.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Calabro, David M. “Jesus Christ as a Revealer of Ordinances in the Book of Mormon.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Halverson, Jared M. “The Way, the Truth, and the Way to Truth: Harmony in Pursuit of Orthodoxy.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Perez, William. “Ascended into Heaven: The Book of Mormon’s Witness of Jesus Christ’s Ascension.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon.
Shannon, Avram R., and Kerry Hull, eds. A Hundredth Part: Exploring the History and Teachings of the Book of Mormon. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2023.

This volume represents some of the more compelling articles on the Book of Mormon that have appeared in Religious Studies Center publications. Each has advanced the field of Book of Mormon studies in unique and innovative ways and has provided insights into the doctrine, history, and message of the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Book of Mormon

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