The result of writing Book of Mormon history from back to front, I think, resembles a cross between The Mission and Last of the Mohicans.
Each anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is a bit embarrassing for me.
If we accept, at least for the moment, that 1 Nephi has a textual history, that it drew on older sources or underwent expansion at various times, then we might wonder what could be considered the oldest layer of the…
My basic problem with Blake Ostler’s expansion theory is that it approaches via intellectual history what is at heart a problem in textual history
In How to Kill a Dragon, the Indo-Europeanist Calvert Watkins defines formulas as “set phrases which are the vehicles of themes.”
If you’re interested in an oral-formulaic theory of Mormon prayer, or if you want to observe a formula in its natural habitat, a good place to start would be Sunday dinner
A brotherly reader writes: I recently had a chance to watch the new French film Banlieue 13: Ultimatum, which as far as these things go is a pretty good action flick
If you want to find a unique Mormon tradition of verbal art, you should listen to Mormons pray
With Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker, we have another Mormon writer of speculative fiction with something to say about marriage. Warbreaker manages to capture some ironies that won’t be lost on readers who have noted the discrepancy between the ideal of eternal…
From the air, the German neighborhood where we lived until last year seems decidedly un-American
One of the things people find odd about Mormons is our claim to be led by a prophet.
The Mormon Church does not want even its own members to know how to pronounce Shimnilom
The Book of Mormon is a reliquary in prose. In some extensive sections and at some critical moments, what drives the narrative is the question: how did a set of golden plates, a steel sword, a ball of curious workmanship,…
What will it be like for a marriage to continue past death into the eternities? What does it mean to have a perfected body, or to love an eternal being? Stephenie Meyer has an answer. Breaking Dawn, the last novel…
One of the subterranean threads running throughout the Book of Mormon is the mystery of whose bones are heaped upon the land northward.