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.
Our scholars work under the auspices of the following initiatives:
Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts
Directs digital humanities projects relating to ancient religious texts.
Christianity and the Bible Research Initiative
Supports research and writing on the Bible and early Christian literature, history, art, and culture.
Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies
Deals principally with the Book of Mormon in ancient and modern settings, as well as with the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and related subjects.
Middle Eastern Texts Initiative
Studies and produces bilingual editions of important Jewish, Christian, and Islamic texts.
William (Bill) Gay Research Chair Focuses on study directly related to ancient LDS scripture, particularly the Book of Abraham and the Book of Mormon.
Through our publishing arm, the Maxwell Institute Press, we publish books and journals for both general and academic readers. Academic publications focus on early Christian studies, Middle Eastern texts, and Mormon studies, including the Mormon Studies Review. Academic book-length titles often carry the BYU Press imprint and are distributed by the University of Chicago Press.
Publications for general readers consist of research and interpretation of the contents and contexts of ancient and modern LDS scripture, as well as scholarship that commends and defends the faith. These publications include two periodicals—the Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture and Studies in the Bible and Antiquity. Book-length titles in this area carry the Maxwell Institute Press imprint and are often jointly published and distributed by Deseret Book.
Our work reflects the relationship between faith and intellect, discipleship and scholarship. Interested LDS readers can rely on such efforts for fruitful discussions of scriptures, answers to questions, and assistance in becoming more devoted disciples. They can also benefit from publications dealing with texts from other religious traditions 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).