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What Is the Purpose of Suffering?
Beyond Justice: Reading Alma 42
Alma, Ambiguity, and the Development of Doctrinal Understanding
Justice, Mercy and the Atonement in the Teachings of Alma to Corianton
Alma's Loving Counsel to His Sons about the Law of Justice
Born of God- Partaking of the Fruit
Law of God/God of Law: The Law of Moses in Alma's Teachings to Corianton
Alma and the Sacred Things
Records and Relics: Convenantal Transition in Alma 37
"And Now My Son, I Have Somewhat More to Say": Corianton's Concerns, Alma's Theology, and Nephite Tradition
Women and Nephite Men: Lessons from the Book of Alma
Words from the Wise: Alma 36-39 through the Lens of Proverbs 1-9
Look to the Lord! The Meaning of Liahona and the Doctrine of Christ in Alma 37-38
Alma 36: A Call to Repentance, a Prophetic Call
Parents and Children
Alma as an Intentional Father
Parents Teaching Children to Believe in Christ: "An Echo of a Celestial Pattern"
Literary Structure, Devices, and Techniques
Nurturing Faith: Literary Patterning in the Book of Alma
"Retain All Their Oaths":
Lehitic Covenant and Secret Combinations in Alma 37
Alma's Chiasmus as Transformative Vicarious Experince
Rethinking Alma 36
Mormon the Writer: Turning History into Story
About the Book
The 48th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium
Alma’s deeply personal writings to his sons contain some of the most informative doctrinal discussions in scripture. Originating out of the love and concern of a parent, these chapters present salient teachings on key gospel principles, proper behaviors, and correct theology. Here the pure doctrines of God’s merciful plan of redemption through his Son, Jesus Christ, are laid plain. This volume compiles essays given at a BYU Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Drawing on both academic training and dedicated study of the scriptures, the authors in this volume provide valuable new contexts to understand Alma’s doctrinal expositions. Tad R. Callister, former Sunday School General President, was the keynote speaker. The diversity of scholarship from this book’s contributors provides this book with valuable new contexts to help readers understand Alma’s doctrinal expositions. The range of topics covered, and the contrasting perspectives will appeal to a broad audience and speak to many different people at different levels.
Published in 2019
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