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Maxwell Institute's Book of Mormon Publications

Maxwell Institute's Book of Mormon Publications

Those looking to supplement their study of this year’s Come, Follow Me, may be interested in several publications from BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. In addition to their study edition of the Book of Mormon (edited by Grant Hardy and featuring illustrations by Brian Kershisnik), the Maxwell Institute is producing in 2020 twelve volumes, collectively titled The Book of Mormon: Theological Introductions. The books are each written by a different Latter-day Saint scholar, and each (in general) examines one book in the Book of Mormon. The aim of these publications is to “offer fresh insights” and improve readers’ engagement with the scripture.

The Maxwell Institute has also published collections of scholarly essays on Book of Mormon scripture, produced by participants of the annual Latter-day Saint Theology Seminar, which is sponsored by the institute and the Wheatley Institution. The essays are close readings of scriptural excerpts, with analysis from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, history, sociology, literature, and so on. Book of Mormon–related collections include Christ and the Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7 (2018); A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire: Reading 1 Nephi 1 (2017); Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah: 2 Nephi 26–27 (2016); and An Experiment on the Word: Reading Alma 32 (2014).

In addition to study helps offered by BYU Studies, these works from the Maxwell Institute will appeal to those who want to enhance their study of the Book of Mormon by reading a variety of scholarly perspectives on these well-known scriptures.