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Hugh Nibley Observed
Hugh Nibley and Joseph Smith
Richard Lyman Bushman

“I am honored to inaugurate the Maxwell Institute lecture series on Hugh Nibley, surely the spiritual godfather, along with Elder Neal A. Maxwell, of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Nibley’s mind was capacious enough to encompass nearly all of the institute’s multifarious projects. He may have been the first to grasp the scope of the scholarship required to comprehend the Restoration.”

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