An Other Testament

An Other Testament

On Typology

February | 2016


"Joseph Spencer’s book signals that we are entering a new era of Latter-day Saint scriptural studies. It takes Book of Mormon interpretation to a new level. His close reading worms its way deeper into the text’s meanings than we’ve ever gone, opening up entirely new ways of understanding how the book works."

Richard L. Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

"An Other Testament . . . builds insightfully upon the works of those who have gone before and takes Book of Mormon analysis to a new apex, setting the standard high for any who follow."

Alan Goff, BYU Studies Quarterly


As Spencer brilliantly demonstrates, the Book of Mormon's complexity and sophistication defies a simple, surface-level reading.

Stephen Smoot, Ploni Almoni Mormon blog, February 18, 2016

"Spencer draws generously on the work of Hugh Nibley, John Welch, Royal Skousen, Noel Reynolds, Kent Jackson, Grant Hardy, Brant Gardner, and other architects of Book of Mormon scholarship. At the same time, he brings a new set of critical ideas to bear on the text, ideas adopted from the contemporary Continental philosophy in which he is trained. These thinkers, principally Giorgio Agamben, Jean-Luc Marion, and Alain Badiou, will be unfamiliar to many of Spencer’s readers, but he weaves their insights skillfully into his argument; the result is challenging yet stimulating for the motivated nonspecialist.

Rosalynde Frandsen Welch, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies (2015)

Publication Information

Publication Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-2869-6

Edition: 2

Page Count: 194

Size: 6x9

Binding: Paperback, ePub, HTML

Price: $15.95

Series: Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture

Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Joseph M. Spencer

Joseph M. Spencer earned a PhD in philosophy at the University of New Mexico and has published extensively on Latter-day Saint scripture and theology in BYU Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Philosophy and Scripture, and the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies where he serves as associate editor. Spencer is co-editor of the book series Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture. His other books include Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah and For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope.

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