Benchmark Books Evening with an Author: Phil Barlow, 5/29/2013

From Benchmark Books. See their website for more information. 

“We are pleased to announce that Philip L. Barlow, author of the recently-published Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion (updated ed.), will be at our store on Wednesday, May 29, to speak about the book and sign copies. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to sign and will begin speaking at 6:00.  He will be available to sign and ask questions after his presentation.

Mormons and the Bible offers an in-depth analysis of the approaches taken to the Bible by major Mormon leaders, from its beginnings to the present. Barlow shows that Mormon attitudes toward the Bible comprise an extraordinary mix of conservative, liberal, and radical ingredients: an almost fundamentalist adherence to the King James Version co-exists with belief in the possibility of new revelation and surprising ideas about the limits of human language. A particularly interesting chapter discusses Mormon responses to “higher criticism” and places figures such as Joseph Fielding Smith, B. H. Roberts and William Chamberlin along a spectrum according to their responses to this scholarship. Barlow’s exploration takes important steps toward unraveling the mystery of this quintessential American religious phenomenon. This updated edition of Mormons and the Bible (the book was originally published in 1991) includes an extended bibliography (the 1991 bibliography and a separate, updated bibliography) and a new 23-page preface, casting Joseph Smith’s mission into a new frame and treating evolutions in Mormonism’s biblical usage in recent decades.”

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