Alma 1–29: a brief theological introduction now available for pre-order!

We are excited to announce Kylie Neilson Turley's Alma 1–29: a brief theological introduction is available for pre-order from the BYU Store right here, right now! Copies should ship from the BYU Store on or shortly before November 10th, with availability at Deseret Book, Amazon, and other retailers coming shortly thereafter. 

What is a “brief theological introduction”?

Faithful scholars have long explored the Book of Mormon’s historicity, literary quality, textual history, reception, and more. This series focuses particularly on theology—the scholarly practice of exploring a scriptural text’s implications and its lens on God’s work in the world. What does scripture say? What does it ask of us? The original meaning of the term “theology” is something like “God talk”—learning and talking about God with a combination of faith and reason. This series doesn’t intend to declare authoritative “doctrine.” Its authors bring their faith and their academic training into conversation with scripture, leading to fresh discoveries and new challenges. Briefly, no single volume pretends to be comprehensive. Each invites readers to think about how their own backgrounds, hopes, questions, and assumptions shape the kind of answers scripture might provide. They are introductory because they are a beginning rather than a definitive conclusion.

How can I learn more about the series?

Check out interviews with each author on the Maxwell Institute Podcast. Watch presentations about each volume from the Institute’s lecture series, “Explorations in the Book of Mormon" here. Or check out the series of "Book of Mormon Conversations," co-sponsored with the John A. Widtsoe Foundation.

Several more volumes will be ready for pre-order very soon as well...
Preorder Alma 1–29

October Events

  • October 7  |  5:30 PM (MST)
    “Apoca-lore: Latter-day Saint Literature & Folklore of the End Times,” an online discussion featuring live Q&A with you
    Christopher James Blythe and Spencer Fluhman
    Details  |  WATCH
  • October 11  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Alma 1-29
    Kylie Nielson Turley, with Larry Eastland
    Details  |  Register
  • October 18  |  3 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Alma 30–63
    Mark Wrathall, with Chris Eastland
    Details  |  Register
  • October 25  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Helaman
    Kimberly Matheson Berkey, with Jacob Rennaker
    Details  |  Register


Christopher Blythe to discuss Latter-day Saint ideas about the End Times with Spencer Fluhman

“Apoca-lore: Latter-day Saint Literature & Folklore of the End Times”

Is it the end of the world as we know it? How have Latter-day Saints thought about the last days over the course of Church history?

The Maxwell Institute presents a special online event celebrating the publication of Christopher James Blythe’s new book Terrible Revolution: Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalypse. Institute executive director Spencer Fluhman will sit down with Dr. Blythe to talk about Latter-day Saint folklore and literature on the last days.

Following their discussion, Dr. Blythe will be available online at the Institute’s YouTube channel to field questions from viewers like you.

(Note: He does not have a prediction for the end of the world, however. Sorry!)

Join us on YouTube this Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 PM (MST for a discussion and Q&A.

Book of Mormon Conversations continue online through December


WATCH: Enos, Jarom, Omni: a Book of Mormon Conversation
featuring Sharon J. Harris and Jacob Rennaker
WATCH: Mosiah: a Book of Mormon Conversation
featuring James E. Faulconer and Michael Stanley
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