About the Maxwell Institute

Mission Statement

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 and traditions.

Our scholars' contributions to religious scholarship includes oversight of the following initiatives:

  • 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 Institute publishes a variety of scholarly journals and books in subjects related it its work. Our 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.

Some of our titles serve to commend and defend the faith by more directly exploring the relationship between discipleship and scholarship, as in the “Living Faith” series.

Our books sometimes carry the BYU Press imprint or are published jointly with other presses. Many are distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

All of our publications represent faithful contributions to scholarship.


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).