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Hugh Nibley Observed
Beyond Scholarship
Scenes behind the Nibley Written Legacy
John W. Welch

John W. Welch

“I am very pleased to speak at this occasion, on this program, in honor of the centennial of Hugh Nibley’s birth on March 27, 1910, and to mark the completion of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley. We miss Hugh in many ways, he having died five years before his signature series was finally completed. I hope that my comments here will help the next generation of serious readers, genuine disciples, and broad-gauged scholars everywhere to find, appreciate, and make solid use of the valuable written contributions generously left behind for us by our inspiring mentor, dedicated friend, and gleeful gadfly, Hugh Nibley.”

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