Embracing the Law

Embracing the Law

Reading Doctrine and Covenants 42


"These sort of theological ventures are incredibly helpful to me in taking a new and different approach to reading scriptural texts. They open new paths of understanding and challenge familiar assumptions."

—Kevin Folkman, Association for Mormon Letters, June 14, 2017

"All of the papers in this volume are thought-provoking and worth consideration. Each article is unique in its perspective and well-researched. I found it setting the bar for Mormon studies and Mormon theological examination at a lofty level. It is a volume well done."

—Robert Wheadon, Thunker's Weblog, June 14, 2017

"Embracing the Law contains useful and fascinating readings of Doctrine and Covenants 42. Both the Latter-day Saint faithful reading the book to gain a better understanding of their scriptures and non-Mormon scholars wanting to understanding the historical and theological legacy of Joseph Smith as a prominent nineteenth century religious figure would do well to consult this volume."

—Stephen O. Smoot, Ploni Almoni blog, June 1, 2017

"The perspectives shared are exceptional and each of the essays will hugely contribute towards the reader's understanding of D&C 42, yet collectively they do not try present a definitive answer as to how we should understand the law. The book is highly recommended for anyone who is looking to start their own exploration of the revelation, but is not recommended as a shortcut to a set of uncontested conclusions. The essays should definitely be seen as the start of a discussion rather than the end."

—Paul Brooks, reasonablemormon.com, June 23, 2017

Publication Information

Publication Date: 2017

ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-3003-3

Page Count: 140

Size: 6x9

Binding: Paperback, ePub, HTML

Price: $15.95

Series: Proceedings of the Mormon Theology Seminar

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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Jeremiah John

Jeremiah John is associate professor of politics at Southern Virginia University. He has degrees from Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Notre Dame.

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