Mormonism, Jewish studies, Mormon studies


Recently, a significant amount of attention has been directed at the who, what, where, and how of Mormon studies. For example, since 2009, at least six major forums, comprising sixty-two essays and presentations (with dozens of other stand-alone pieces appearing in other venues), were dedicated to discussing the nature and future of Mormon studies as an academic field. Many of these essays discuss the definitions, challenges, opportunities, research gaps, sources, and disciplines of Mormon studies from a variety of angles. Some are highly nuanced treatments of particular aspects of Mormon studies, and others are more general. This article presents the history and state of Jewish studies, which I offer as a framework for examining the current state of Mormon studies.

Original Publication Citation

Hatch, Trevan G. “Wissenschaft des” Mormonism: Jewish Studies as a Framework for Exploring Mormon Studies. Journal of Mormon History, 46, no. 2 (April 2020), 96–112.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Journal of Mormon History




Harold B. Lee Library

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor