Hugh Nibley Observed
Hugh Nibley Observed
Edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Shirley S. Ricks,
and Stephen T. Whitlock
Foreword by John W. Welch
Published by The Interpreter Foundation, Orem Utah
in cooperation with Eborn Books, Salt Lake City, Utah
and in collaboration with Book of Mormon Central and FAIR
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Extracts from Hugh Nibley Observed in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
- “Nibley’s Early Education” by Zina Nibley Petersen
- “Matthew Black and Mircea Eliade Meet Hugh Nibley” by Gordon C. Thomasson
Reviews of Hugh Nibley Observed
- “Honoring Hugh Nibley — Again” by Louis Midgley in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship.
- “Remembering Hugh Nibley as a Scholar and, More Importantly, as a Man: Observing the Faith of the Observer” by David Roth Seely in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship.
- “Bradshaw, Ricks, & Whitlock, Hugh Nibley Observed (Reviewed by Andrew Hamilton)” by Andrew Hamilton in Dawning of a Brighter Day from the Association for Mormon Letters.
- “Meeting a Doorkeeper in the House of the Lord: A Review of “Hugh Nibley Observed”” by Terry L. Hutchinson in Meridian Magazine, June 1, 2021.
- “Hugh Nibley Observed” From The Desk of Kurt Manwaring.
- “Book Notice — Hugh Nibley Observed” by David Rolph Seely in BYU Studies Quarterly 60:2 (2021): 239-40.
More about Hugh Nibley
- Blog Posts
- Enoch, the Book of Moses, and the Book of Giants: More Light on the 1977 Visit of Professor Matthew Black to BYU
I have always been furiously active in the Church, but I have also been a nonconformist and have never held any office of rank in anything. . . . While I have been commended for some things, they were never the things which I considered most important—that was entirely a little understanding between me and my Heavenly Father which I have thoroughly enjoyed, though no one else knows anything about it.
Hugh W. Nibley (1910–2005) was arguably the most brilliant Latter-day Saint scholar of the 20th century, with wide-ranging interests in scripture, history, and social issues. The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley comprise nineteen weighty volumes. But he was also one of the most enigmatic observers of the Church.
In this volume readers will discover that the personal stories and perspectives behind the scholarship are sometimes even more captivating than his brilliant and witty intellectual breakthroughs. This comprehensive three-part collection of essays sheds fascinating new light on Hugh Nibley as a scholar and a man.
Part 1, entitled “Portraits,” contains the first collection of observations—a “spiritual” portrait of Hugh Nibley by his close friend and colleague John W. “Jack” Welch, a description of the physical portrait by Rebecca Everett hanging in the Hugh Nibley Ancient Studies room at Brigham Young University, and a biographical portrait by Hugh himself.
Part 2, “Nibley, the Scholar,” contains expanded and updated versions of the almost forgotten audio and video recordings of the BYU Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship lecture series celebrating the centennial of Nibley’s birth in 2010. An additional set of chapters on Nibley’s scholarship rounds out this collection.
Part 3, “Nibley, the Man,” includes tributes given by family members and others at Nibley’s funeral service. A series of entertaining personal stories, reminiscences, and folklore accounts concludes the volume.
- Introduction – Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
- Appreciation – Stephen T. Whitlock
Part 1: Portraits
- Foreword: A Doorkeeper in the House of the Lord – John W. Welch
- About the Portrait of Hugh Nibley – Rebecca Fechser Everett
- An Intellectual Autobiography: Some High and Low Points – Hugh W. Nibley
Part 2: Nibley, the Scholar
Nibley Centennial Lecture Series
- Nibley’s Early Education – Zina Nibley Petersen
- Graduate School through BYU – Alex Nibley
- Hugh Nibley and Joseph Smith – Richard Lyman Bushman
- Hugh Nibley and the Church – Robert L. Millet
- Nibley as an Apologist – Daniel C. Peterson
- Nibley and the Environment – Terry B. Ball
- Hugh Nibley and the Bible: “Look! And I Looked” – Ann N. Madsen
- Nibley and Folklore – William A. Wilson
- Beyond Scholarship: Scenes behind the Nibley Written Legacy – John W. Welch
- Hugh Nibley and Classical Scholarship – Eric D. Huntsman
- “Words, Words, Words”: Hugh Nibley on the Book of Mormon – Marilyn Arnold
- Hugh Nibley, Mentor to the Saints – C. Wilfred Griggs
- Nibley, Egyptology, and the Book of Abraham – Michael D. Rhodes
The Scholarship of Hugh Nibley
- Hugh Nibley: A Prodigy, an Enigma, and a Symbol – Truman G. Madsen
- The Influence of Hugh Nibley: His Presence in the University – Robert K. Thomas
- Hugh Nibley: Scholar of the Spirit, Missionary of the Mind – Gary P. Gillum
- Matthew Black and Mircea Eliade Meet Hugh Nibley – Gordon C. Thomasson
- Hugh Nibley and the Book of Mormon – John W. Welch
- Editing Hugh Nibley: The Man and His Legacy – Shirley S. Ricks
- “A Stranger in a Strange Land”: Hugh Nibley as an Egyptologist – John Gee
- Joseph or Jung? – William J. Hamblin
Part 3: Nibley, the Man
Selected Tributes at the Passing of Hugh Nibley
- A Brighter Light – Zina Nibley Petersen
- Memories of a Special Occasion – Rebecca Nibley
- Remarks – Alex Nibley
- In Memoriam HWN – Michael Draper Nibley
- Called in a Council of the Prophets: The Mission of Hugh Nibley – Thomas Hugh Nibley
- Remembering My Father – Christina Nibley Mincek
- A Tribute to My Father – Paul Sloan Nibley
- Hugh Nibley’s Articles of Faith – John W. Welch
- Funeral Service for Hugh W. Nibley – Dallin H. Oaks
- The Woman behind the Man: A Look into the Life of Hugh Nibley’s Widow – David Johnson
- A Mighty Kauri Has Fallen: Hugh Winder Nibley (1910–2005) – Louis Midgley
Personal Stories, Perspectives, and Reminiscences
- The BYU Folklore of Hugh W. Nibley – Jane D. Brady
- Hugh Nibley, World’s Worst Politician – Alex Nibley
- Hugh Nibley and Me – Don Norton
- Reminiscences of Nibley – Stephen D. Ricks
- Hugh Winder Nibley: The Man, the Scholar, the Legacy – Gary P. Gillum