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Introduction: A Knowledge of Those Destroyed
Cultural-Historical Lenses: Identity and Praxis in the Jaredite Record
“They Are of Ancient Date”: Jaredite Traditions and the Politics of Gadianton’s Dissent
Daniel L. Belnap
Divination as Translation: The Function of Sacred Stones in Ancient Mesopotamia and the Book of Ether
Upon Mount Shelem: The Liminal Experience of the Brother of Jared
Narratological Lenses: Moroni and the Jaredite Record
Seeing Moroni and the Book of Ether through a Study of Narrative Time
Moroni’s Six Commentaries in the Book of Ether
Frank F. Judd Jr.
Power in the Book of Ether
Jared W. Ludlow
Reception-Historical Lenses: Women and the Jaredite Record in Antiquity and Maternity
Jared’s Two Daughters
Joseph M. Spencer
Whence the Daughter of Jared?
Text and Context
Nicholas J. Frederick
Pedagogical Lenses: Teaching the Jaredite Record
Of Captivity and Kingdoms: Helping Students Find a Place in the Book of Ether
Ryan H. Sharp
The Jaredite Journey: A Symbolic Reflection of Our Own Journey along the Covenant Path
Tyler J. Griffin
About the Book
This is a new volume from the Book of Mormon Academy at Brigham Young University. This volume explores the relationship between the Nephite and the Jaredite records culturally, politically, literarily, and theologically. The first approach is a cultural-historical lens, in which elements of Jaredite culture are discussed, including the impact of a Jaredite subculture on Nephite politics during the reign of the judges, and a Mesopotamia perspective as seership and divination, and the brother of Jared’s experience as a spiritual transition. The second grouping looks at the book of Ether through a narratological lens, all three papers exploring different aspects of Moroni’s construction of the book of Ether. The third grouping explores the book of Ether’s depiction of women, as it contains one of the most descriptive, yet ambivalent females in the Book of Mormon, both historically and in our contemporary era. Finally, the book of Ether is reviewed via a teaching lens. In Alma 37, Alma the Younger explained the teaching value of the Jaredite records. These last two studies examine ways in which the book of Ether in particular can be taught to a modern audience.
Published in 2020
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