Although I mentioned yesterday in the regular Tuesday post for the Reading Project, let me make it official.
Volume Four of A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon is published, in two books:
This fourth volume explores the imaginative productions inspired by the Book of Mormon, from various sealed portions and books of Lehi, to romantic fiction and Hugh Nibley’s speculations on the Old World origins of Nephite culture. The second book in the volume explores the Imagination as a philosophical and linguistic puzzle, and explains how languages we speak shape the creative imagination, and give substance to guesses about the meaning of words like “Atonement,” “Correlation,” “intelligences,” and “holy spirit.” The more philosophical and analytically minded readers seem to very much enjoy reading Bodies of Word…
What Dreams Have Come
Beginning with Book of Mormon inspired fiction from the early 1900s, this volume explores the landscape of imaginary works generated by that book. Included are analyses of Hugh Nibley’s scholarly imagined creations, various fan fictions, more recent “Sealed Portions” and other “pseudepigrapha” like the Mentinah Archives, various Books of Lehi, among other oddities of scriptures, culminating with the Abyssinian Book of Mormon. The usual insightfulness and humor run through this Part A of Volume Four, a study of what we have dreamed up from the Book of Mormon so far.
Bodies of Word
An extensive and complex argument showing how and why the language we speak shapes how we imagine the things we can’t see. Includes a great deal of philosophy, linguistic anthropology, and original research on how “atonement” has been imagined, and why; the origins of “correlation”; revised work on the history of Mormon theology, including the doctrine of intelligences and the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost distinction; and more. This Volume Four part B shows how imagination and language interlock, and clears the ground for speculative work in the fifth and final volume of this cultural history.