Review of “Understanding Covenants and Communities: Jews and Latter-day Saints in Dialogue”

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Organized topically, this book’s sixteen essays provide a wealth of information about Jewish and Latter-day Saint perspectives, scripture, experience, worship, culture, and politics. However, at least for me, the true treasure of these essays is not so much informational as … Continued

Review of Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volumes 7-9

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Almost fifty years ago, my wife, Patricia, and I had the distinct privilege to work for incoming Church Historian Leonard J. Arrington in combing through the archives of the Church History Library in Salt Lake City for source materials long … Continued

Connections between the Jerusalem Center and the Local Israeli Academy

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When we first occupied the Center, construction of some of its facilities was not completed. For example, the dining area, which would come to be called the Oasis, was not finished in time for the summer term of 1987, and … Continued

Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism

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Borrowing its title from Joseph Smith’s far-reaching Nauvoo theology, Make Yourselves Gods is somehow even more provocative than its title. The average Latter-day Saint reader will chafe under its vocabulary, struggle through its detailed contributions to the study of secularism, and be … Continued