"Our mission is to deepen understanding and nurture discipleship among Latter-day Saints and to promote mutual respect and goodwill among people of all faiths through the scholarly study of religious texts and traditions."
The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship is an academic research unit at Brigham Young University comprised of scholars whose primary interest is the study of religious texts. Their work includes oversight of the following initiatives:
—Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts
Advances the study of Syriac literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other ancient texts through digital humanities projects, publications, and research.
—Christianity and the Bible Research Initiative
Supports research and writing on Christian history, texts, culture, and on the Bible.
—Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies
Fosters research and writing on Restoration scripture, focusing chiefly on the Book of Mormon in ancient and modern settings.
—Middle Eastern Texts Initiative
Studies and produces bilingual editions of important Jewish, Christian, and Islamic texts.
—William (Bill) Gay Research Chair
Supports scholarship in fields of study related to ancient scriptures, such as Egyptology and other relevant languages and disciplines.
The Maxwell Institute Press publishes a variety of scholarly journals and books. Titles focus on the Book of Mormon (including the biannual Journal of Book of Mormon Studies), the Bible and the ancient world (including the annual Studies in the Bible and Antiquity), Mormon studies (including the annual Mormon Studies Review), and on Middle Eastern texts.
In addition to these areas of focus, some of our books more directly explore the relationship between discipleship and scholarship, as in our “Living Faith” series. Whether explicitly or implicitly, this scholarship serves to commend and defend the faith.
Maxwell Institute Press books are sometimes published jointly with other presses, including BYU Press, and many are distributed by the University of Chicago Press.
Interested LDS readers can expect fruitful discussions of scriptures, answers to challenging questions, and assistance in becoming more devoted disciples. They can also benefit from publications about texts from other religious traditions in order to broaden their understanding and promote goodwill in their interactions with friends of other faiths.
The Neal A. Maxwell Institute endeavors to further the goals and objectives of BYU. We bear the name of a man deeply respected among Latter-day Saints and others, not only for his poignant and learned writings and sermons, but more importantly, for his example as a disciple-scholar.
Our work is made possible by generous support from BYU, major donors, and subscribers. In addition, scholars and colleagues around the world donate their time and effort in helping us to “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:118).