What is a family? This question is the focus of the 2014 Neal A. Maxwell Lecture featuring Professor James E. Faulconer. According to Faulconer, for hundreds of years people have tried to understand the concept of family in individualistic terms: singular people joining together to comprise a particular group. Faulconer believes our minds may like [...]Read More
CPART’s mission includes the preservation and dissemination of priceless ancient religious texts using digital technology. This week, 122 Syriac and Christian Arabic manuscripts dating from 1014 A.D. to the nineteenth century were published online for the first time (see the collection here). These manuscripts are from the library of St. Thomas Syrian Catholic church in Mosul, [...]Read More
Does academic study of the Bible undermine its value or diminish the religious messages it contains? In 2012, three scholars—a Jew, a Protestant, and a Catholic—came together at the intersection of their academic work on the Bible and their religious faith to discuss that very question. Their outstanding book The Bible and the Believer seeks to demonstrate [...]
Next week our Eastern Christian Texts series is releasing its third title—a splendid translation of an Armenian Christian work called On This Day, a calendrical compilation of Christian saints and events. This special guest post is from Dr. Adam Carter McCollum of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota. He joins us to celebrate the Maxwell [...]Read More
Studies of American folklore have been going on for more than a century now and few groups have received more attention than Mormons. What are folklore studies? Why has the field focused so often on Mormonism? What can folklore studies contribute to our understanding of Mormons? What does the future hold for such studies? The [...]Read More
Miranda Wilcox and John Young recently published one of the most fascinating books ever compiled on the subject of Mormon studies. It’s called Standing Apart. In the book, a group of Latter-day Saint scholars examine Mormonism’s “Great Apostasy” narrative.
Eastern Christianity is a rich and diverse spiritual home for millions of believers worldwide, but it receives much less academic attention than its Western Christian cousins. Why? There are many reasons, but two seem particularly relevant and remediable: a lack of accessible and reliable texts from the tradition, as well as the remoteness of the texts’ [...]Read More
Book Notes: Shepard and Marquardt, Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of the Twelve
Volume 2 of the Mormon Studies Review is shaping up to be another great issue. Inexpensive digital subscriptions should be available in time for its release—more information to come. In the meantime, we continue to occasionally post “Book Notes” highlighting some of the Mormon studies titles we may not have space to cover in the Review. Like this one. Enjoy!Read More
Although the Maxwell Institute focuses its attention primarily on religious texts of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, this episode examines a religious text from an eastern tradition (the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali) in order get a better understanding of the nature of religious texts in general.
Michael Austin wants to introduce Latter-day Saints to a Job they’ve probably never met, regardless of how many times they’ve read the Old Testament book. Most readers of the Bible think of Job as the ultimate example of faith overcoming suffering. Job loses everything; his possessions, his family, his good health—everything but his patience and [...]Read More