Volume 59:4 (2020) Print
The BYU Jerusalem Center was dedicated in 1989, and a conference commemorating its thirtieth anniversary was held at BYU in 2019. This issue of BYU Studies Quarterly contains presentations and remarks given at that conference. Speakers discuss history of the creation of the Jerusalem Center and opposition to it in the 1980s, the development of trust and acceptance in the community, connections to other scholars in the Middle East, and the perspectives of faculty and students on the work accomplished at the Jerusalem Center. This issue also contains essays, poetry, and book reviews.
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Volume 60:1 (2021) Print
In this issue, Amy Easton-Flake examines how Latter-day Saints interpreted the Bible in the late nineteenth century through the lens of two publications: the Millennial Star and the Woman’s Exponent. Benjamin E. Park then delves into the Danite Constitution, an attempt by Latter-day Saints to stake their political right to not be forcibly removed from their lands while also justifying their liberty to define the boundaries of their own community. Michael Hubbard MacKay makes the case that the restoration should be seen as a process rather than an event. Nicholas J. Frederick and Joseph M. Spencer take a fresh look at the cause of the “Great Apostasy” as taught in 1 Nephi 11–14, focusing on how Christians understand their relationship to the covenants given to Israel. Hinckley A. Jones-Sanpei explores the ethics of care, which emphasizes the interrelational aspects of human nature. Deidre Nicole Green proposes that through the intentional and creative uses of agency in the forgiveness process, we can facilitate transformation within ourselves and others. Luke Drake unpacks what the Book of Mormon teaches us about disinformation, racism, and tribalism.   In his humorous and poignant essay, Billy Wilson reflects on his experiences with his father, a contract killer, and his stepfather, a bank robber and how his perspective shifted. In another essay, Thea Jo Buell shares how a packet of balloons helped soften hearts in Guatemala.
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Volume 61:4 (2022) Print
The Book of Abraham is considered holy scripture by Latter-day Saints. Scholars have explored the book from various perspectives and have made compelling arguments for its authenticity. This issue of BYU Studies is designed to introduce Latter-day Saints to the Book of Abraham from an academic perspective and provide a reliable guide that can be used to understand it better. The issue is divided into three sections. The first section provides an overview of the coming forth and translation of the Book of Abraham in the nineteenth century. The second section provides an ancient context for the Book of Abraham. The third and final section looks at the facsimiles and focuses on the more noteworthy instances where Joseph Smith’s interpretations converge with modern Egyptological knowledge.
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