I recently had the privilege to interview Gary Bergera. He is managing director of the Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City, and editor of “Confessions of A Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1999.”
I recently had the privilege to interview Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for “10 questions.” She is a noted historian who teaches at Harvard University and has an essay in “To Be Learned is Good: Essays on Faith and Scholarship in Honor of Richard Lyman Bushman.”
I recently had the privilege to interview Matt Godfrey. Godfrey is the managing historian and general editor of the Joseph Smith Papers.
In March 2018, I had the privilege to interview Jonathan Stapley.
Stapley is the author of “The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology” (Oxford University Press).
In February 2018, I had the privilege to interview Daniel C. Peterson for “10 questions.”
Peterson is the president of the Interpreter Foundation, a scholar of Islam, and the founding editor of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.
In January 2018, I had the privilege to interview two historians associated with the Joseph Smith Papers Project: Matthew J. Grow and R. Eric Smith. Both scholars served as editors for the 2017 publication, “The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History.”
“The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal About Mormon History,” is a timely book published by BYU’s Religious Studies Center. While the minutes of the council were published in their totality via the Joseph Smith Papers in 2016, they still remain somewhat inaccessible to general readers. “The Council of Fifty” contains 15 essays by leading scholars about relevant topics of interest.
A companion article to this review will appear shortly in the Deseret News under the title, “Five fascinating facts about the Council of Fifty.”
I am pleased to announce the editors of this compilation, Matthew J. Grow and R. Eric Smith, will be participating in the “10 questions” interview series on Continue reading “Book Review – The Council of Fifty: What the records reveal about Mormon history”