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"'To Seek the Law of the Lord': Essays in Honor of John W. Welch"
September 12, 2017
Special Feature
"'To Seek the Law of the Lord': Essays in Honor of John W. Welch"
BYU Studies Staff

We are happy to recognize a publication by the Interpreter Foundation. It is "'To Seek the Law of the Lord': Essays in Honor of John W. Welch," edited by Paul Y. Hoskisson and Daniel C. Peterson. The book is a collection of essays by eminent LDS scholars on diverse topics related to religion and religious life. The authors' topics range from Book of Mormon word studies to Dead Sea Scrolls to the history of religion in America, befitting of the breadth of work by Dr. Welch. We, the staff of BYU Studies, appreciate the opportunity we have to work with Dr. Welch and are happy to see this recognition.

The title of the book comes from Ezra 7:10. From the Introduction by Paul Hoskisson and Daniel Peterson, "In view of [Dr. Welch’s] background in law, his deep commitment to the scriptures and doctrines of the Restoration, and his interests and training in ancient history and languages, it was perhaps natural—but scarcely inevitable—that Jack helped create the "Biblical Law" section of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, in which he has been a major presence. In multiple senses of the phrase, Jack has exemplified the injunction in Ezra 7:10 'to seek the law of the Lord.’ Hence the title of this volume." 

The book was presented to Dr. Welch at the Chiasmus Jubilee on August 16, 2017. The book was supported with funding from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. Many kudos go to Shirley Ricks and Allen Wyatt for editorial and production work. The Neal A. Maxwell Institute also played a role in bringing about this work.

Papers from the chiasmus conference on August 15-16, 2017, are being prepared for forthcoming publication. The chiasmus events were sponsored by Book of Mormon Central, BYU Studies, the Interpreter Foundation, Harold B. Lee Special Collections, BYU Religious Education, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, and the John A. Widtsoe Foundation.

The book is available in paperback from Amazon For more on the book, see "Defending the Faith," by Daniel Peterson.

Table of Contents

1.    Foreword, by James R. Rasband
2.    Introduction
3.    John Woodland Welch: Biographical Highlights
4.    "John W. Welch: A Personal Reminiscence"
       Stephen E. Robinson
5.    "Baptized for the Dead"
       Kevin L. Barney
6.    "Faith, Hope, and Charity: The "Three Principal Rounds" of the Ladder of Heavenly Ascent"
       Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
7.    "The Transcendence of Flesh, Divine and Human"
       James E. Faulconer
8.    "Jesus’s Courtroom in John"
       John Gee
9.     "Janus Parallelism: Speculation on a Possible Poetic Wordplay in the Book of Mormon"
        Paul Y. Hoskisson
10.   "The Visions of Moses and Joseph Smith’s Bible Translation"
        Kent P. Jackson
11.   "Toqueville on New Prophets and the Tyranny of Public Opinion"
        Louis Midgley
12.   "The Theology of C. S. Lewis: A Latter-day Saint Perspective"
        Robert L. Millet
13.   "The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon"
        Steven L. Olsen
14.   "The Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa)—Catalogue of Textual Variants"
        Donald W. Parry
15.   "Notes on Mormonism and the Trinity"
        Daniel C. Peterson
16.   "Formed in and Called from the Womb"
        Dana M. Pike
17.   "Chiastic Structuring of Large Texts: Second Nephi as a Case Study"
        Noel B. Reynolds
18.   "Proper Names from the Small Plates: Some Notes on the Personal Names Zoram, Jarom, Omni, and Mosiah"
        Stephen D. Ricks
19.   "'A Prophet Like Moses" (Deuteronomy 18:15–18) in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the Dead Sea Scrolls"
        David R. Seely
20.   "Medieval Christian Views of Hebrew as the Language of Magic"
        Andrew C. Skinner
21.   "The Pleading Bar of God"
        Royal Skousen
22.   "Poesey and Prosody in the Book of Mormon"
        Robert F. Smith
23.   "Record-Keeping Technology among God’s People in Ancient and Modern Times"
        Richard E. Turley Jr. and Stephen O. Smoot
24.   "Tree of Life, Tree of Healing"
        John Tvedtnes
25.   "Bibliography of Selected Published Works of John W. Welch"
        Stephen O. Smoot, compiler