Hugh W. Nibley; Gary P. Gillum, Don E. Norton, and John W. Welch (Editors). Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1993, The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol. 1, hardbound, 290 pages.
In December 1832, the Lord instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of widsdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” (D&C 88:118.)
Few members of the Church have followed that admonition as faithfully as has Hugh Nibley, emeritus professor of ancient history at Brigham Young University. As a young man he memorized vast portions of Shakespeare and studied Old English, Latin, Greek, and other languages. As a student at Berkeley, he began reading at the southwest corner of the ninth level of the library and worked his way down to the northeast corner of the first level, studying every significant book that caught his eye. And throughout his life, he has related everything he has learned to the greatest knowledge of all–the word of the Lord, as revealed in the scriptures and in the temple.
Not content with that, however, Dr. Nibley has dedicated himself to being a teacher, to sharing with others the knowledge he has gleaned through his vast studies. He has lectured and published widely, producing more than three hundred papers and books on a wide variety of subjects.
Old Testament and Related Studies is the first volume in The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, published by Deseret Book Company and the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. This collection of papers and lectures, many of which have never before been published, includes chapters on the earth before Adam, the historicity of the Bible, archaeology and religion, myths and the scriptures, patriarchy and matriarchy, apocryphal works, the message of Isaiah, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Qumran community, and other subjects, all in Dr. Nibley’s fascinating and inimitable style.
Old Testament and Related Studies, which was compiled and edited by John W. Welch, Gary P. Gillum, and Don E. Norton, will be enjoyed by students of the Old Testament, gospel scholars, and history buffs–indeed, by anyone who desires to “seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
1. Historicity of the Bible
2. Archaeology and Our Religion
3. Myths and the Scriptures
4. Before Adam
5. Patriarchy and Matriarchy
6. Unrolling the Scrolls-Some Forgotten Witnesses
7. Treasures in the Heavens
8. Great Are the Words of Isaiah
9. More Voices from the Dust
10. The Dead Sea Scrolls: Some Questions and Answers
11. Qumran and the Companions of the Cave: The Haunted Wilderness