The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts
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Part of the UVU Comparative Mormon Studies series.
Among the most distinctive and defining features of Mormonism is the affirmation of continuing revelation through modern day prophets and apostles. An important component of this concept is the acknowledgment of an open canon—that the body of authoritative scriptural texts can expand as new revelations are made available and presented to the membership for ratification.
This volume brings together both Mormon and non-Mormon scholars to examine the place, purpose, and meaning of the LDS Standard Works (Christian Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) in the Mormon tradition, as well as the extra-canonical sources that play a near-scriptural role in the lives of believers. Approaching LDS scripture from a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives, these scholars offer new insights into both the historical and contemporary understandings of Mormon continuing revelation.
Table of Contents:Introduction
- Van Dyke, Birch, and Petersen, volume editors
1. The Triangle and the Sovereign: Logics, Histories, and an Open Canon
- David Frank Holland
2. Beyond the Canon: Authoritative Discourse in Comparative Perspective
- Brian D. Birch
3. On the Literal Interpretation of Scripture
- James E. Faulconer
4. Reading Women Back into the Scriptures
- Claudia L. Bushman
5. The Book of Mormon as Post-Canonical Scripture
- Grant Hardy
6. Reading from the Gold Plates
- Richard Lyman Bushman
7. History and the Claims of Revelation: Joseph Smith and the Materialization of the Golden Plates
- Ann Taves
8. "The Book Which Thou Shalt Write": The Book of Moses as Prophetic Midrash
- David Bokovoy
9. The Ascendancy and Legitimation of the Pearl of Great Price
- Brian M. Hauglid
10. Pivotal Publishing Moments for the Book of Mormon
- Paul C. Gutjahr
11. Relishing the Revisions: The Doctrine & Covenants and the Revelatory Process
- Grant Underwood
12. Spiritualizing Electronic Scripture in Mormonism
- Blair G. Van Dyke
13. The Art of Scripture and Scripture as Art: The Proclamation on the Family and the Expanding Canon
- Boyd J. Petersen and David W. Scott
14. Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism
- Gordon Shepherd And Gary Shepherd
Praise for The Expanded Canon:
“As a Mormon scholar I consider myself primarily a scripturist, so this collection was right up my alley. I just this moment finished it. And I thoroughly enjoyed the collection. I found the contributions to be thoughtful and engaging and in many cases to go down alleys that I had not previously thought to explore. . . . This is not same old same old stuff, but essays viewing LDS scripture through new and imaginative lenses. Go forth, purchase, and read!”
— Kevin Barney, By Common Consent
“You’ll learn to appreciate the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, and other proclamations, as you see how the 'translation' process is followed by efforts to make better the revelations that came from the Spirit, often not as words, but as pure heart felt meaning. . . . I have no doubt that as this series continues, it will become a classic set for families to read and discuss, helping them to better understand the gospel and how it interacts with the world and their daily lives as Latter-day Saints.”
— The Millennial Star
“This volume is the first in a collaboration between Kofford Books and UVU, which will serve an important service for the field by reproducing some of the more provocative and smart proceedings in Mormon studies today. . . . there are some very thoughtful and important chapters in this volume. Mormonism’s 'canon' will long vex outside observers, but hopefully these authors can help supply some answers.”
— Benjamin E. Park, author of American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions, 1783-1833
“The essays in this volume draw on the texts, practices, and history of Mormonism in order to peel back the layers of divine-human interactions. Doing so can be uncomfortable, but also enlightening. For scholars, this book will provide significant details related to Mormon history and textual criticism. For believers, it will provide insights into the meaning and making of scripture as well as the process of revelation. All in all, The Expanded Canon is another solid addition to Greg Kofford Books’ already impressive output.”
— Walker Wright, Times and Seasons
“Every single essay in this collection is top-notch.”
— David Banack, Wheat & Tares
“Examines how the doctrine of an ‘open canon’ in the church affects the belief system of members and leaders of the faith . . . the discussions are ‘food for thought.’”
— Mike Whitmer, Deseret News
About the Editors:
Blair G. Van Dyke is an independent scholar and teaches philosophy and religious studies at Utah Valley University. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Foundation For Religious Diplomacy and is the Custodian of the Mormon Chapter of the Foundation. He holds a Doctorate in the philosophy of education from Brigham Young University. Van Dyke is the co-author of Holy Lands, A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East and co-editor of Perspective on Mormon Theology: Apologetics.
Brian D. Birch received a PhD in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University and is Director of the Religious Studies Program and the Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University. His areas of specialization include philosophy of religion, ethics, and interreligious studies. He is the founding editor of Element: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy & Theology and series co-editor of Perspectives on Mormon Theology.
Boyd Jay Petersen teaches English and religious studies at Utah Valley University. He is the author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life. and Dead Wood and Rushing Water: Essays on Mormon Faith, Culture, and Family. He currently serves as both the editor for Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and the program coordinator for Mormon Studies at UVU.
ISBN: 978-1-58958-637-6 (hardcover); 978-1-58958-638-3 (paperback)