SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — On Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., the Center for Documentary Arts and the Book of Mormon Roundtable will present “Rediscovering an American Bible: An Invitation to Explore the Book of Mormon from New Perspectives.”

This event will bring together respected scholars from a variety of religious and academic backgrounds to share their insights on the Book of Mormon in a dialogue of honest inquiry and good will. Audience members are encouraged to participate in this groundbreaking discussion that will explore topics such as:

  • The Book of Mormon as literature
  • The nature and relevance of scripture in our contemporary world
  • A comparison of Latter-day Saints’ reading to Jewish and secular readings
  • Native American perspectives on the Book of Mormon

Featured panelists include:

  • Richard Bushman, Columbia University. Mormon historian and author
    of the acclaimed biography, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling.
  • Robert Price, humanist and New Testament scholar; member of the
    Jesus Seminar
  • Phyllis Tickle, noted Episcopal author, Publisher’s Weekly religion editor, and speaker and religious commentator.
  • Robert Rees, formerly member of UCLA’s English Department faculty, former editor of “Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought,” and editor of a series of essays on the Book of Mormon
  • Mark Thomas, noted Book of Mormon scholar and BYU faculty member; author of Digging in Cumorah: Reclaiming Book of Mormon Narratives.

The event takes place in the auditorium of the downtown library, 210 East 400 South and is free to the public.

Please contact Mark Thomas (801/274-0578) or Doris Mason (801/355-3903) with questions.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Documentary Arts’ “Crossroads Community Dialogue” series, and the Book of Mormon Round Table. The Book of Mormon Round Table is a group of scholars from a variety of religious and academic disciplines that have gathered together annually to read, discuss, and give their professional insights on the Book of Mormon.

Many of the participants have written position papers, which the group is now in the process of gathering for submission to Oxford University Press in hopes of publishing a kind of “Oxford Guide to the Book of Mormon.” The Round Table’s aim is to produce an introductory text that provides an eclectic approach to
the Book of Mormon, utilizing the tools that one would use to interpret any text well-historical criticism, textual criticism, and literary criticism, among others.