New study edition of the Book of Mormon coming in December

The Maxwell Institute—together with BYU's Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book—is excited to announce the forthcoming publication of the Maxwell Institute Study Edition of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

188 years since the scripture was first published to the world, much remains to be discovered in its pages. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell observed, “The Book of Mormon is like a vast mansion with gardens, towers, courtyards, and wings. There are rooms yet to be entered, with flaming fireplaces waiting to warm us…Yet we as Church members sometimes behave like hurried tourists, scarcely venturing beyond the entry hall.”

This study edition features the current official text authorized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Editor Grant Hardy supplemented the text with research from Royal Skousen's remarkable Critical Text Project, marking textual variants, alternate readings, connections to the King James Bible, and more. It also includes twenty original woodcut illuminations specially produced for this book by artist Brian Kershisnik. We hope it will stimulate greater exploration of the keystone Restoration scripture. 

The Study Edition is scheduled for release in December. More updates coming soon! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for a glimpse this Sunday at Brian Kershisnik's creation of the cover art.

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    Jane and Emma—A special film screening and panel discussion

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    Wednesday Brown Bag
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  • October 4
    MI Scholar Lecture—Janiece Johnson, "Becoming a People of the Books"
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Laurie Maffly-Kipp to join Institute as visiting fellow in 2019

This week we eagerly announced the appointment of Dr. Laurie Maffly-Kipp as a visiting Neal A. Maxwell Fellow. She will join our vibrant research community beginning in January until June of 2019.

Dr. Maffly-Kipp is the current Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis's John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. Among other things, her teaching and research focuses on African American religions, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

During her time at the Institute, Dr. Maffly-Kipp will continue her current research into international Latter-day Saint history while also organizing and mentoring women in related academic fields. Preliminary plans are underway for her to lead a possible seminar, symposium, and other collaboration opportunities with scholars at BYU and from around the region.

Learn more about Dr. Maffly-Kipp here; read her contribution to the Mormon Studies Review here; and enjoy her interview on the Maxwell Institute Podcast here.
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Maxwell Institute Podcast

MIPodcast #82—Christianity and American politics, with Matthew Bowman

Matthew Bowman’s latest book reminds us that there’s no such thing as "American Christianity." There are Christianities, ranging from conservative to liberal, all over the political spectrum. Listen or read the transcript.
Maxwell Institute Conversations—Terryl Givens interviews Thomas Rogers on the risky nature of discipleship

The Maxwell Institute and the Faith Matters Foundation are producing new video podcast episodes featuring Terryl Givens. In this episode,  Givens interviews Thomas F. Rogers.  Listen or read the transcript.
October 12, 2018

This October the Maxwell Institute will be hosting a commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the 1978 revelation on race, temple, and priesthood blessings. Scholars will explore the revelation's 19th- and 20th-century contexts, its international dimensions, and what it means for the LDS Church today. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information! 
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