Claremont Mormon Studies

Supporting Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. We are excited about the progress of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University.

We hope to develop and expand it at Claremont as well as develop a template for Mormon studies so that similar efforts can be expanded at many other universities.

Operating as usual

09/08/2023

Please join us for our next Virtual Fireside featuring Dr. Jason Combs on October 15, 2023 at 6:30 PM PDT / 7:30 PM MDT. The title of his presentation is "What the New Testament Says about the Early Church." The event will be moderated by Matthew Bowman, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and Rebekah Call, PhD candidate in the Bible at CGU.

https://cgu.zoom.us/j/83825335632

08/03/2023

We're proud to sponsor Blair's work.

Feeling so honored today. Fireside with Blair Hodges has transcended award-worthy status and is now officially an award-winning podcast! The American Academy of Religion (AAR) awarded it 2nd place in the category of "Best In-Depth Multimedia Journalism."

AAR is the world’s largest association of academics who research/teach topics related to religion. Their annual Journalism Awards honor the best in-depth reporting on religion. Past winners include journalists from places like CNN, LA Times, ABC, Christianity Today, Time, & PRI.

From the announcement: "Fireside with Blair Hodges won the second-place award. He submitted two episodes of the podcast series, which explores the breadth and complexity of religion, from Hasidic Jews questioning their community to atheists who pray with the help of Jane Eyre. The jury particularly appreciated Hodges's use of in-depth interviews to make scholarship on religion accessible, engaging, and widely available. Alongside his work as a journalist, Hodges completed a master's degree in Religious Studies at Georgetown University.”

It feels great to see the show recognized like this. I'm really grateful for my listeners. I also reached out to the guests from those two episodes and and thanked them for the invaluable role they played in making those episodes shine.

Thank you AAR for this great honor! Thanks Matthew Bowman for the crucial support of the Hunter Foundation and CGU. Thanks for being in invaluable co-sponsor.

08/03/2023

The date was a success and Khasherdene soon knew he wanted to marry this woman, who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He quickly took the discussions and became a member. Read more about his story and see photos from his life on the Mormonism and Migration Project website at the link below.

https://research.cgu.edu/mormonism-migration-project/people/bold/

"I used to tell [my friend] that I had no intention to marry as women nowadays love to drink and smoke. Then he suggested I should look for someone with similar traits as me. I remember I told him, 'If only that can happen, it would be ideal world.'

Then in 2007, the friend said 'There is someone that doesn’t drink, nor smoke. Go and see her.' And he arranged the first date with my wife. As I grew up in a dysfunctional family, I had a little fear of starting one of my own, but still I decided to go for the date."

07/31/2023

Prakash and his family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was a teenager in India. A software developer and current CEO of a non-profit, he married a Roman Catholic woman who later converted to the church. Read more about Prakash and see photos from his life on the Mormonism and Migration Project website at the link below.

https://research.cgu.edu/mormonism-migration-project/people/prakash/

“[My wife] was not a member of the church…. It was tough. It was tough from the very beginning. She was from the Roman Catholic…. She has her own beliefs and I have my own beliefs. But last—how many years?—nine years of our marriage, I have never forced her to join the church. And she never forced [me] to believe in her own beliefs as well. So that really helped us both to overcome the challenges actually."

07/28/2023

“It was very saddening to think of staying in the United States. In our country we had enjoyed a very comfortable economic position, here we would have to start all over.... We had also heard horrors regarding the jobs that were available for Hispanics. We were told that the jobs were in fast food restaurants and working for minimum wages… That would not be enough…

Soon after I arrived in El Salvador, I called my wife and told her that I would try to sell as many of our possessions as time permitted and return as soon as possible. War and threats on my life were inescapable. The other two brothers who had been stake presidents before me were both in exile for these same reasons, and I was next in line. I returned to Los Angeles with the conviction that our Heavenly Father’s will was that we remain there for some time. The United States government granted us temporary residency, which was later permanent, and our life in this country began.”

Roberto converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in El Salvador in the 1970s. He and his family found refuge in the United States from the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s, ultimately becoming important church leaders in San Bernardino. Read more about Roberto and see photos from his life on the Mormonism and Migration Project website at the link below.

https://research.cgu.edu/mormonism-migration-project/people/melara/

Fatimah Dankyi 05/30/2023

"Being a member of the church made me to know more things about life.... What we learn in the church, like all this self-reliance, I put it up [when times are challenging] and I find something to do to sustain the family."


Fatima grew up in Sierra Leone and migrated to Nigeria as an adult. There she and her husband converted from Catholicism to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Having served as Relief Society president four times, she appreciates the opportunity Enrichment meetings have given her and other women to teach and learn usable skills to start businesses. She is also determined to embrace single mothers in her ward, whom she worries are not welcomed as they should be. Ultimately, Fatima hopes to build a more unified ward, less stratified by tribal loyalties and prejudice. Read more about Fatima’s life and watch a short video about her on the Mormonism and Migration Project website.

Fatimah Dankyi Global Mormon migrant interview with Fatima Dankyi from Sierra Leone

04/08/2023

The Nia Collection is a generous donation to the CGU Mormon studies program. The donor, Mehran Nia, President of CGU Len Jessup, and the leaders of the Howard W. Hunter Foundation will be present at the opening reception on April 14th. Please join us.

04/08/2023

Please join us for our annual Mormon Studies conference on April 29th at CGU. The title of this year's conference is "Indigenous Perspectives on the Meanings of 'Lamanite.'" Lunch will be provided.

04/03/2023

“My brother was getting married…. And as part of Hindu wedding ceremony, we have this holy fire where they offer something, like worshiping God. So me and my brother, we were expected to be there. And I did explain to my mom, ‘Okay, I can be part of it. But you know, you need to remember … this is just [us] doing this for your sake, but we don’t believe in this thing, okay? We don’t believe in worshipping statues or anything that you do.’ … So that was hard to actually deny. But since this is a culture, we looked at it as a culture.... It wasn’t like we changed our belief.... I would say, my mom and my dad, they both understood. They did respect our faith and belief, and we respect their faith and belief."

Chandra joined the church along with his family when he was a young adult in India. Coming from a Hindu background, it was a difficult transition for the family, especially for his parents, who were unable to maintain their activity and went back to practicing Hinduism. Chandra, however, was compelled by the vision of learning and self-improvement that he found in church discussions. He eventually served a mission and became a young branch president.

See photos and read more about Chandra's life on the Mormonism and Migration Project website. You can also check out his full oral history in the Claremont Global Mormon Oral History Collection.

https://research.cgu.edu/mormonism-migration-project/people/chandra-k/

The Promise of an Empty Church 03/27/2023

Matthew Bowman, our Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, recently published an insightful piece in Wayfare Magazine titled "The Promise of an Empty Church", exploring the opportunities offered by recent trends in religious participation.

The increasing number of those identifying as spiritual but not religious, as well as low church attendance, are discussed in the global faith context and applied to the Latter-Day Saint tradition.

The Promise of an Empty Church The Family at the Heart of Faith

03/21/2023

“I have been able to achieve great things, both temporal and spiritual blessings, because of [the Church Educational System's] nurturing and tutoring. I have felt fully armored with confidence to do anything. I have been able to use this confidence … in job interviews, empathy, relating to people, and the fact that I am able to strike up a conversation with a stranger down a street corner, in a bus, or anywhere without any fear.”

Kenewang joined the church in Botswana as a teenager, compelled by the Book of Mormon and plan of Salvation. She became the first woman from Botswana to serve a mission and currently works in the Blood Donation department of a hospital.

One challenge Kenewang has faced is navigating her life as a single childless woman in Botswana, where there is widespread expectation for women to become mothers, whether in or outside of wedlock. While that has been difficult, she feels the church has given her many opportunities to develop. She has taught Institute for several years and was Botswana’s first Relief Society president of a Young Single Adult ward.

Read more about Kenewang's life on the Mormonism and Migration Project website.

https://research.cgu.edu/mormonism-migration-project/people/mbisana/

Anthony Obinna 03/20/2023

Anthony Obinna (1928-1995) was born in Owerri, Nigeria. Anthony worked as a school teacher and was deeply religious. In 1965, Anthony experienced a vision of Jesus Christ, who showed him a large building. Six years later, he saw that building in a Reader’s Digest magazine. It was the Salt Lake Temple. Obinna contacted Church headquarters, but due to the Church’s restrictions on temple worship and priesthood ordination for those of African descent, Nigeria did not allow missionaries to enter the country. Obinna organized an informal congregation of worshipers, and in November 1978, five months after the restrictions were lifted, was the first Nigerian baptized a member.

He was ordained a priest and became the first black man to serve as a branch president in the Church. Watch a 6 minute-video about Anthony Obinna's life and influence linked below. Read about Anthony and see a picture of that Reader's Digest article here on the Mormonism and Migration Project website.

Anthony Obinna Video of Obinna from Nigeria

03/17/2023

Tamanna, a corporate trainer and translator, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with her family as a child in India. She married in the temple and then had to navigate a difficult path when she divorced. See more photos from her life on the Mormonism and Migration Project website. Her full oral history is forthcoming in the Claremont Global Mormon Oral History Collection online archive.
https://research.cgu.edu/mormonism-migration-project/people/bhatti/

03/16/2023

Mark your calendars! Our annual Mormon Studies conference will be on April 29 at CGU. This year's topic is indigenous perspectives on the meaning of "Lamanite."

03/14/2023

"[My husband and I] dated for about a year, and I wanted somebody to be open minded because my family’s Lebanese. We’re still … not the typical American family. I’m like, 'Is he going to like the food? Is he going to let me speak Arabic? Does he care that we are Lebanese? Or is he prejudiced against Arabs?' You just don’t know when you come from another country how people might feel about your culture.

I think on our third date I was like, 'Okay, we’re going to a Lebanese restaurant and there’s gonna be a belly dancer.' Because that’s the other part … is he going to be really narrow minded, or is he somebody with an open spirit? He was having a great time…. So we dated and a year later we did get married in the temple.”

Natali is of Palestinian descent and spent most of her childhood in Libya and Lebanon. When she was twelve, she and her family immigrated to the United States. Thanks to friendly neighbors, she and her family joined the church when she was a teenager. See photos from her life and read more of Natali's story on the Mormonism and Migration Project website. Her full oral history is available in the Claremont Global Mormon Oral History Collection. https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/cms/id/1963/rec/1

03/11/2023

Precious was raised by a single father in Ondo state, Nigeria, and ultimately became a fashion designer.

When she found The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she was impressed by the missionaries and their invitation to pray and discover for herself the truth of the teachings. She also appreciated the warmth and friendliness of the members.

Precious sees the church as helpful to members in Nigeria regarding skill acquisition. She trains people in fashion design, including recipients of Perpetual Education Fund money. Precious hopes for the day when women in Nigeria can have the same opportunities as men.

Read more about Precious on the Mormonism and Migration Project website. Her full oral history is available in the Claremont Global Mormon Oral History Collection.

Photos from Claremont Mormon Studies's post 03/08/2023

Thanks to all those who attended our fascinating discussion on Sustaining Faith in the 21st Century. We especially thank Jana Riess, Jacob Rennaker, Taylor Petrey, and Matthew Bowman for sharing your expertise.

03/04/2023

Today is the day! Looking forward to seeing you at 4pm for this fascinating discussion.

02/26/2023

We are only a week away from our round table discussion with this outstanding panel, co-sponsored with our friends at Dialogue: a journal of Mormon thought.

Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss this!

Saturday March 4th @ 4pm in the Albrecht Auditorium at Claremont Graduate University

02/21/2023

Perenlei grew up in the Dornod province of Mongolia where he and his family were herders. After serving in the army, he became a firefighter and married his wife who was a nurse. He met missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly after fracturing his leg and eventually decided to be baptized. See more photos from his life on the Mormonism and Migration Project website and read more below, and his full oral history interview, translated into English, in the Claremont Global Mormon Oral History Collection.

"My parents passed down their Buddhist belief, and I inherited their worship items that used to be kept in secret during the previous social system. But after joining the church I was taught to obey only one God. I gave the items out to my relatives. In the early years, it used to be my concern as I did not know what to do with the family worship [items] and gradually my faith in God grew stronger and this issue resolved itself—I no longer kept the Buddha items at home."

02/13/2023

Rosa grew up in Mexico, went to college in the United States, and then returned to Mexico and became an executive in a large corporation. She also served tirelessly as a Relief Society president, a calling that stretched and tested her. Read more below, and her full oral history in the Claremont Mormon Women Oral History Collection.

“I just got released from being Relief Society president. I thought I was going to die. That is a really hard job. I pay respects to every president of Relief Society. I dealt with a lot of issues of poverty. I would try to get people to give me the basics like rice, beans, and eggs. A lot of times I would do clothes drives. We had a sister that wanted to go to the temple, but she didn’t have any skirts. So we had to get her skirts so she could go get sealed in the temple. That part was super hard. Being able to empathize with the people who had needs and that you weren’t able to fulfill them. And they have a lot of family issues. As Relief Society president, you come to see a lot of stuff. Domestic violence, abusing moms, husbands that weren’t working and she had to do everything. Things like that made me really angry. I really wanted to hit the husband and say, ‘Wake up!’ But you know it’s hard to not take sides and just do what you have to do. It’s hard.”

02/10/2023

Patience joined the church in South Africa, having suffered under the Apartheid regime. Read more below, and her full oral history in the Claremont Mormon Women Oral History Collection.

"It was a hard time after my husband skipped the country. The [South African apartheid] regime used to kick that front door whenever they felt like it because he left the country and they could trace him back to me. So they came back and harassed me. This happened all the time, for at least two years, until about ’78 or ’79....

When I came to the Mormons I found that they were doing exactly what my father used to teach us to do.... So [conversion] didn’t change my behavior that much. Except that it taught me to read for myself, not to sit and to listen to other people telling me what to do. Yeah, that was the difference."

02/04/2023

Join us for a round table discussion on Sustaining Faith in the 21st Century on March 4th. The event is co-sponsored by our own Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies & Dialogue: a journal of Mormon thought. With an outstanding panel like this, you won’t want to miss it!

01/29/2023

Friends, join us over Zoom tonight! Details and link below 👇

VIRTUAL FIRESIDE (ZOOM)
January 29th, 7:00pm PST / 8:00pm MST:
Eric Huntsman - Reading the New Testament
https://cgu.zoom.us/j/81173227436

This year, Latter-day Saints will be studying the New Testament in Sunday school. Join Matthew Bowman, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University for a wide-ranging conversation about the various writings that make up the New Testament with Eric Huntsman, who holds a PhD in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. Matthew and Eric will talk about how the differences among the four gospels can illuminate the life of Jesus, what the apostle Paul was getting at in his letters, and what on earth is going on in the Book of Revelation, among other topics.

Eric Huntsman was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received B.A. in Classical Greek and Latin from Brigham Young University and a PhD in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. In 1997, he became an assistant professor of Classics and Ancient History at BYU, and transferred to the College of Religious Education in 2003. He is the author of a number of books on the New Testament for Latter-day Saints, including God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior’s Life and Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Coming unto Christ through the Gospel of John, both published by Deseret Book. He currently serves as the academic director of the BYU Jerusalem Center.

Join on Zoom using ID: 811 7322 7436 (no passcode required)
https://cgu.zoom.us/j/81173227436
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The Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Claremont Mormon Studies Council are pleased to offer this commemoration as part of our “By Study and Faith” Virtual Fireside series, featuring some of the most distinguished Latter-day Saint disciple/scholars. Our speakers address the compelling issues of our time - issues affecting the lives of all of us who are trying to navigate a life of faith, hope, and charity in a troubled and often divisive world. Prior firesides have included preeminent scholars Richard Bushman, Thomas Griffith, Neylan McBaine, Chase Kirkham, Lisa Olsen Tait, Jed Woodworth, Melissa Inouye, Anthony Sweat, Carter Charles, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Rosalynde Welch, Tammi Schneider, and Joseph Spencer.

01/24/2023

VIRTUAL FIRESIDE (ZOOM)
January 29th, 7:00pm PST / 8:00pm MST:
Eric Huntsman - Reading the New Testament
https://cgu.zoom.us/j/81173227436

This year, Latter-day Saints will be studying the New Testament in Sunday school. Join Matthew Bowman, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University for a wide-ranging conversation about the various writings that make up the New Testament with Eric Huntsman, who holds a PhD in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. Matthew and Eric will talk about how the differences among the four gospels can illuminate the life of Jesus, what the apostle Paul was getting at in his letters, and what on earth is going on in the Book of Revelation, among other topics.

Eric Huntsman was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received B.A. in Classical Greek and Latin from Brigham Young University and a PhD in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. In 1997, he became an assistant professor of Classics and Ancient History at BYU, and transferred to the College of Religious Education in 2003. He is the author of a number of books on the New Testament for Latter-day Saints, including God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior’s Life and Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Coming unto Christ through the Gospel of John, both published by Deseret Book. He currently serves as the academic director of the BYU Jerusalem Center.

Join on Zoom using ID: 811 7322 7436 (no passcode required)
https://cgu.zoom.us/j/81173227436
Join early... We can accommodate only 500 guests!
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The Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Claremont Mormon Studies Council are pleased to offer this commemoration as part of our “By Study and Faith” Virtual Fireside series, featuring some of the most distinguished Latter-day Saint disciple/scholars. Our speakers address the compelling issues of our time - issues affecting the lives of all of us who are trying to navigate a life of faith, hope, and charity in a troubled and often divisive world. Prior firesides have included preeminent scholars Richard Bushman, Thomas Griffith, Neylan McBaine, Chase Kirkham, Lisa Olsen Tait, Jed Woodworth, Melissa Inouye, Anthony Sweat, Carter Charles, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Rosalynde Welch, Tammi Schneider, and Joseph Spencer.

09/11/2022

VIRTUAL FIRESIDE (ZOOM)
September 18th, 6:30pm PDT / 7:30pm MDT:
Kate Holbrook and the Importance of LDS Women’s History
https://cgu.zoom.us/j/88004586001

Join us for a special evening commemorating the passing of Kate Holbrook, a leading light of modern Church history and a women's history specialist at the Church History Library. We will remember Kate, who passed away in August after a long struggle with cancer, celebrate her career, and talk about the state and future of the study of women's role in Church history.

KATE HOLBROOK, PhD (1972–2022) was a leading voice in the study of Latter-day Saint women and Latter-day Saint foodways. As managing historian of women’s history at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints history department, she wrote, studied, and interpreted history full-time. Her major research interests were religion, gender, and food. Her primary professional activity was to discover, encourage, and celebrate women’s flourishing in the scholarly and spiritual realms. Kate grew up at the feet of the Rocky Mountains and returned there in 2006, to live among the historic sites, cultural currents, and food environments where her scholarship had its roots. She earned a BA in English and Russian literature from Brigham Young University, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Boston University. She was proud wife (to Samuel Brown) and mother (to Amelia, Lucia, and Persephone Holbrook-Brown).

To commemorate her life and lasting impact, we will be joined a distinguished panel of speakers:

MELISSA WEI-TSING INOUYE is a Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland and Historian at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She earned her degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Her book, China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church (Oxford, 2019) uses a Pentecostal church founded in Beijing in 1917 to understand the history of modern China. She is also the author of a memoir, Crossings: a bald Asian American Latter-day Saint woman scholar's ventures through life, death, cancer, and motherhood (not necessarily in that order) (Deseret Book and BYU Maxwell Institute, 2019).

JESSICA NELSON joined the Joseph Smith Papers as a historian and documentary editor in 2018, contributing to volumes 12 and 14 of the Documents series. She completed a BA in American studies at Brigham Young University and an MS in history at Utah State University. Her thesis, titled “‘The Mississippi of the West’: Religion, Conservatism, and Racial Politics in Utah, 1960–1978,” was awarded the Lester E. Bush Best Thesis Award by the Mormon History Association in 2018. She loves cycling Utah's mountains and spending time with her family.

NICHOLAS SHRUM holds a BA in American Studies from BYU and an MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School. He is now a first-year Ph.D. Student in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, focusing on American Religions and Mormon Studies. He also currently works as a research assistant for the Church History Department's upcoming book on the history of the Young Women's organization and as the project manager for The Diaries of Emmeline B. Wells.

ROSALYNDE FRANDSEN WELCH is a senior research fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Her research focuses on Latter-day Saint scripture, theology, and literature. She holds a PhD in early modern English literature from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in English from Brigham Young University. She is the author of Ether: a brief theological introduction, published by the Maxwell Institute, as well as numerous articles, book chapters and reviews on Latter-day Saint thought. Dr. Welch serves as associate director of the Institute, where she coordinates faculty engagement and co-leads a special research initiative.

Join on Zoom using ID: 880 0458 6001 (no passcode required)
https://cgu.zoom.us/j/88004586001
Join early... We can accommodate only 500 guests!

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The Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Claremont Mormon Studies Council are pleased to offer this commemoration as part of our “By Study and Faith” Virtual Fireside series, featuring some of the most distinguished Latter-day Saint disciple/scholars. Our speakers address the compelling issues of our time - issues affecting the lives of all of us who are trying to navigate a life of faith, hope, and charity in a troubled and often divisive world. Prior firesides have included preeminent scholars Richard Bushman, Thomas Griffith, Neylan McBaine, Chase Kirkham, Lisa Olsen Tait, Jed Woodworth, Melissa Inouye, Anthony Sweat, Carter Charles, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Rosalynde Welch, Tammi Schneider, and Joseph Spencer.

02/03/2022

VIRTUAL FIRESIDE (ZOOM)
Sunday February 6th, 6:30pm PST / 7:30pm MST: Tammi Schneider and Joseph Spencer: “Reading the Old Testament”

The Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Claremont Mormon Studies Council are pleased to carry on with our “By Study and Faith” Virtual Fireside series, featuring some of the most distinguished Latter-day Saint disciple/scholars. Our speakers address the compelling issues of our time - issues affecting the lives of all of us who are trying to navigate a life of faith, hope, and charity in a troubled and often divisive world. Prior firesides have included preeminent scholars Richard Bushman, Thomas Griffith, Neylan McBaine, Chase Kirkham, Lisa Olsen, Jed Woodworth, Melissa Inouye, Anthony Sweat, Carter Charles, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and Rosalynde Welch.

This year, Latter-day Saints will be studying the books of the Bible they call the "Old Testament" and scholars call the "Hebrew Bible" in Sunday school. Join Matthew Bowman, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University for a wide-ranging conversation about these books with two guests.
JOSEPH SPENCER is a professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University and an expert in the Book of Mormon, and TAMMI SCHNEIDER is the Danforth Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, an archaeologist, a specialist in the Hebrew Bible, and active in her synagogue. They will discuss how Jewish people read the Hebrew Bible, what scholarship has revealed about it, and what Latter-day Saints might learn as they study it this year.

TAMMI J. SCHNEIDER holds the Danforth Chair of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. She specializes in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. She received her BA in Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. She is presently the field manager at the archaeological excavation of Tel Akko in Israel. At her synagogue, she is the VP for Events for the Women of Temple Beth Israel.

JOSEPH M. SPENCER is a philosopher and an assistant professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He’s the author of five books and dozens of articles on scripture, philosophy, and theology. Most recent is his two-volume collection of essays, The Anatomy of Book of Mormon Theology, published last year by Greg Kofford Books. Spencer serves as the editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, as the associate director of the Latter-day Saint Theology Seminar, and as a vice president for the Book of Mormon Studies Association. He and his wife, Karen, live in Provo with their five children.

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