Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Book of Mormon, chapter, review, literary interpretation


Readers awaiting this year’s first number of the FARMS Review (vol. 21, no. 1) will be rewarded with a deep lineup of reviews and other essays on the Book of Mormon. Sure to heighten anticipation is a promised peek at Terryl Givens’s in-press volume from Oxford University Press: The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. Chapter 2, “Themes,” will be featured in its entirety—a substantial excerpt from the 152-page work that will fill an important gap in Oxford’s popular Very Short Introduction series. Review readers will enjoy other Book of Mormon–related fare as well: a literary interpretation of the death of Laban; a debunking of myths about the miraculous printing of the 1830 edition; a look at the record’s literary sophistication in light of a biblical hermeneutic that grants legitimacy to repetition and allusion; and reviews of the seminal works The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon, by John W. Welch, and the six-volume Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, by Brant A. Gardner.