The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts

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edited by Blair G. Van Dyke, Brian D. Birch, and Boyd J. Petersen


Forthcoming, Fall 2017

in hardcover, and ebook.
Part of the UVU Mormon Studies series.

Book Description:

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 acknowledgement 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 DykeBirch, and Petersen, volume editors
The Triangle And The Sovereign: Logics, Histories, And An Open Canon
-    David Frank Holland
Beyond The Canon: Authoritative Discourse In Comparative Perspective
-    Brian D. Birch
On The Literal Interpretation Of Scripture
-    James E. Faulconer
Reading Women Back Into The Scriptures
-    Claudia L. Bushman
The Book Of Mormon As Post-Canonical Scripture
-    Grant Hardy
Reading From The Gold Plates
-    Richard Lyman Bushman
History And The Claims Of Revelation: Joseph Smith And The Materialization Of The Golden Plates
-    Ann Taves
"The Book Which Thou Shalt Write":The Book Of Moses As Prophetic Midrash
-    David Bokovoy
The Ascendancy And Legitimation Of The Pearl Of Great Price
-    Brian Hauglid
Pivotal Publishing Moments For The Book Of Mormon
-    Paul C. Gutjahr
Restoring The Original Text Of The Book Of Mormon
-    Royal Skousen
Relishing The Revisions: The Doctrine & Covenants And The Revelatory Process
-    Grant Underwood
Spiritualizing Electronic Scripture In Mormonism
-    Blair G. Van Dyke
The Art Of Scripture And Scripture As Art: The Proclamation On The Family And The Expanding Canon
-    Boyd J. Petersen and David W. Scott
Patriarchal Blessings In The Prophetic Development Of Early Mormonism
-    Gordon Shepherd And Gary Shepherd

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.

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. He and his wife Zina are the parents of four children and make their home in Provo, Utah.

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.


More Information:

ISBN: 978-1-58958-637-6 (hardcover)

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