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An Other Testament: On Typology Hardcover – February 1, 2012


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  • Age Range: 1 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Press LLC (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983963622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983963622
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph M. Spencer is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of New Mexico. In addition to authoring books and essays, he is the associate director of the Mormon Theology Seminar and an associate editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. With Adam S. Miller, he edits Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture, a book series published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacob on July 22, 2012
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We can't quite yet determine that this book is the most significant book on the Book of Mormon ever penned; only time will tell, on that score. Hugh Nibley's "An Approach to the Book of Mormon" just might hold that title currently, as it ushered in the first era of "Book of Mormon scholarship," an era largely still with us. Spencer's book, however, might just be its 21st century analogue, and a case can be made for it being the most productive way to read the Book of Mormon yet seen, and might have the same kind of potential Nibley's book did in initiating a new era of Book of Mormon scholarship.. Its wager is that the Book of Mormon itself says a lot about how the Book of Mormon should be read, and this makes all the difference in establishing a hermeneutic methodology that anyone with an interest in the text can adopt in order to unveil untold theological and literary possibilities. As such, Spencer's book is both a manual on how this might be done as well as a case example on the kind of work that can be produced when the manual is followed. It is not too much of a stretch to predict that this book will someday be seen as Exhibit A of the works that rose from the ashes of previous methods of analyzing the Book of Mormon and helped to establish the definitive analyses that followed.

I recommend that you read it in conjunction with Grant Hardy's "Understanding the Book of Mormon" from Oxford University Press, particularly if you are new to considering the Book of Mormon in a rigorous, scholarly, and up to date fashion.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adam S Miller on March 10, 2012
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Spencer's "An Other Testament" is groundbreaking work. It invents a new genre of Mormon studies that is part philosophy, part literary criticism, part exegesis, part speculative theology. When it comes to Book of Mormon scholarship, it does that rarest of things: it READS the book. Not to be missed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Caudle on November 21, 2012
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Joe Spencer has an uncanny ability to read The Book of Mormon and see things that most of us do not see. Spencer reads the book on its own terms and finds the beauty that lies within. Few books contain such sound exegesis and provide such a close reading of the text. It is not a stretch to say that Spencer is one of the greatest minds doing work on The Book of Mormon today and that An Other Testament is among the most important books on The Book of Mormon ever written.
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