Three New Gospel Study Resources

Three things I’ve recently come across that are worthwhile in expanding our understanding of the gospel:

1. Nathan Richardson’s “structured editions” of the scriptures.  The Book of Mormon draft needs work, but it’s a great start.  The Pearl of Great Price format is excellent.  The other resources on his site are worth checking out, too.

2. Steven Reed’s “Through the Veil,” a list of scripture quotes designed to illuminate the temple experience.  Very thoughtfully done, but plenty more citations could be added (where’s Deuteronomy 22:12?)  Like Richardson’s, his site has tons of useful goodies on it, including my 15-verse summary of the Book of Mormon.

3. Interpreter’s “Temple On Mount Zion Conference.”  I can’t believe this is a year old and I’m only now watching these talks.  They’re amazing.  The ones on Job, the ark, and Latter-day houses of the Lord are especially recommended.

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Mormon Interpreter Vs. Maxwell Institute: Year One

It’s been about a year since the ancien régime of BYU’s Maxwell Institute (née FARMS) was unceremoniously given the boot, as the program looked to move from apologetics more towards promoting cultural and historical studies.  There was much of Sturm und Drang about the shakeup and the outcasts’ subsequent reformation as the Mormon Interpreter, but now that the dust has settled, we can look back at the last year of each organization’s work and assess which has made a greater contribution to LDS scholarship.

Let’s see how they each stack up.

PRIMARY CONSIDERATIONS

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Interpreter: 45          Maxwell Institute: 11

I got 45 for Interpreter by counting the articles here (and not counting Peterson’s editorial introductions, excellent as they always are).

The total for MI was harder.  They just don’t publish much, so I had to hunt around to find these eleven.  They include the five articles in the second of two Journal volumes published last year (the only volume published since The Great Unpleasantness), the four articles in last year’s lone volume of Studies in the Bible and Antiquity, and the one sourced article with an author named in each of the two issues of Insights, the Institute’s newsletter, published in the latter half of last year (here and here).

How sad is it that I had to pump up their total by including items from a newsletter?

PUBLISHED ISSUES OF PERIODICALS
Interpreter: 5          Maxwell Institute: 2

The five Interpreter issues are listed here.

The two MI issues are both mentioned above: last year’s only Studies issue and the second of two Journal issues.  I don’t count their newsletter as a serious periodical.

The periodical at the center of the brouhaha last year was the FARMS Review / Mormon Studies Review.  Though an announcement last July explained the change to the public, a new volume has yet to be published.  A newer announcement now says that the first issue from the new management will be out “next winter.”

None of the MI periodicals have published any volumes yet in 2013.  Not even the newsletter.

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