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Available for preorder—Brief theological intros to ‘Enos, Jarom Omni’ and ‘Mosiah’

We are excited to announce that Sharon J. Harris’s Enos, Jarom, Omni: a brief theological introduction is available for pre-order from the BYU Store here, right now!

Not only that, but James E. Faulconer's Mosiah: a brief theological introduction is ready to preorder from the BYU Store now as well! 

We estimate copies will begin shipping at the end of July. The books will be available to pre-order on Amazon and through Deseret Book soon, but the BYU Store is your best bet for getting a copy as the soonest. 

We've received many questions about the book series. Our original publication timeline proved too ambitious, given the vagaries of writing, editing, printing, proof-reading, and shipping twelve books in under a year's time. So here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If your question isn't answered here, contact our public communications specialist at blairhodges@byu.edu.

When will each volume be available?

Series volumes will appear periodically through the fall of 2020. Rather than announcing exact publication dates for each volume in advance, we plan to release each book as soon as its production is complete. The next several books should be available in late July. 

How can I know when new volumes will be available?

Newsletter subscribers like you will usually be the first to know! You can also be notified by following the Maxwell Institute on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Shipping date info should be available when you submit a pre-order, though dates are subject to change in the event of printing errors, etc.

What is the fastest way to get each volume?

The answer depends on your location. If you live in Utah, places like Deseret Book and the BYU Store often have books available on the shelf shortly before orders are shipped from online retailers. The BYU Store will have copies in stock and shipping before Amazon and Deseret Book. We can’t provide exact estimates because we are shipping as soon as they come off the press! 

How can I obtain a review copy?

Journalists, editors, bloggers, college instructors, and other reviewers can submit requests to blairhodges@byu.edu. Please include your name, publication, affiliation, and preferred mailing address.

What about audiobook?

Audiobook production is underway. Stay tuned! In the meantime, volumes will be made available in both print and digital.

What about a complete boxed set?

We hope to make a full set available—but not until each individual volume has already been published. We’ve purposefully kept the cost as low as possible for each volume ($9.95). A future box set will likely cost at least as much as the total of each individual volume purchased separately.

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 recent lecture series, “Explorations in the Book of Mormon" here. More info to come!

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Christopher Blythe's new book on the apocalypse arrives in August

The relationship between early Latter-day Saints and the United States was marked by anxiety and hostility, heightened over the course of the nineteenth century by the assassination of Mormon leaders, the Saints' exile from Missouri and Illinois, the military occupation of the Utah territory, and the national crusade against those who practiced plural marriage. Nineteenth-century Latter-day Saints looked forward to apocalyptic events that would unseat corrupt governments across the globe, particularly the tyrannical government of the United States. 

In Terrible Revolution, Christopher James Blythe examines apocalypticism across the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, particularly as it took shape in the writings and visions of the laity. Ultimately, Blythe argues that the visionary world of early Mormonism, with its apocalyptic emphases, continued in the church's mainstream culture in modified forms but continued to maintain separatist radical forms at the level of folk-belief.

Blythe is a visiting scholar at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He recently blogged about the new book here.
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FOUR NEW PODCAST EPISODES!

The Book of Mormon has important things to say about how we say important things, according to David Charles Gore. He’s author of The Voice of the People: Political Rhetoric in the Book of Mormon (Maxwell Institute, 2019).
 
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When railroads started making their way across the western frontier of the United States in the 1800s, many Americans thought it would destroy the religion known as “Mormonism.” Dr. David Walker explains why those prophecies never came to pass.
 
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Jane Manning James stood out among early Latter-day Saints as one of few black converts. She was baptized into the Church as a free black woman in Connecticut and migrated to Nauvoo with her family, staying with the church until her death, despite not being allowed full participation. Dr. Quincy Newell joins us to talk about the first full biography of James, Your Sister in the Gospel.
 
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This episode continues our special series of episodes on the Maxwell Institute’s brief theological introductions to the Book of Mormon. In his book on Mosiah, philosopher and theologian James E. Faulconer untangles a complicated narrative—a fragmentary history about a fragmented people, written by a record keeper obsessed with unity. Faulconer unpacks what King Benjamin had in mind in speaking of the “mysteries of God.”
 
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