spencer perspectives

We are happy to announce that Joe Spencer, co-editor of the first volume in the new Perspectives on Mormon TheologyScriptural Theology (published by Greg Kofford Books), will be here for a lunchtime signing on Thursday, Mar 12th. He will be here from 12-1 PM to sign books and chat. Come spend your lunch hour with us! To RSVP, click here. Let us know if you can’t make it and we can hold a signed copy for you here at the store or mail it to you.

The phrase “theology of scripture” can be understood in two distinct ways. First, theology of scripture would be reflection on the nature of scripture, asking questions about what it means for a person or a people to be oriented by a written text (rather than or in addition to an oral tradition or a ritual tradition). In this first sense, theology of scripture would form a relatively minor part of the broader theological project, since the nature of scripture is just one of many things on which theologians reflect. Second, theology of scripture would be theological reflection guided by scripture, asking questions of scriptural texts and allowing those texts to shape the direction the theologian’s thoughts pursue. In this second sense, theology of scripture would be less a part of the larger theological project than a way of doing theology, since whatever the theologian takes up reflectively, she investigates through the lens of scripture.


1. A Mormon Reading of Job 19:23–25a
–     Joseph M. Spencer
2. “Without Money”: Equality and the Transformative Power of God’s Word
–     Robert Couch
3. “Take No Thought”
–     Adam S. Miller
4. Jesus on Jesus: John 5 and 7
–     Eric D. Huntsman
5. I, Nephi
–     Claudia L. Bushman
6. Alma’s Wisdom-Poem to Helaman (Alma 37:35–37)
–     Bruce W. Jorgensen
7. “Seek Ye Earnestly the Best Gifts”
–     Jane Hafen
8. Records, Reading, and Writing in Doctrine and Covenants 128
–     Jenny Webb
9. Faith and the Ethics of Climate Change
–     George B. Handley
10. The Way toward the Garden: Moses 5:1–12
–     James E. Faulconer


Perspectives on Mormon Theology–Scriptural Theology, co-edited by James Faulconer and Joseph Spencer. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 211 pp–paperback, $24.95/hardback, $59.95.


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