Scholars & Saints

A Brief Theological Introduction to the Book of Ether (feat. Rosalynde Welch)

May 23, 2023 Stephen Betts Episode 37
Scholars & Saints
A Brief Theological Introduction to the Book of Ether (feat. Rosalynde Welch)
Show Notes

Dr. Rosalynde Welch, senior research scholar and associate director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU joins me to talk about the "literary turn" in Book of Mormon studies, postsecular critique, scriptural theology, and her recent book on the Book of Ether. Welch argues that the Book of Ether—a kind of microcosm of the Book of Mormon of which it is a part—presents a theology of scripture that focuses on the interaction between written text, reader, and the Holy Spirit. We discuss the nature of scripture, the "weakness" of God, the Book of Ether's close intertextual engagement with and revision of Pauline notions of faith, and the atemporal nature of the Book of Mormon's Christology.