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Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life

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As one of the LDS Church's most widely recognized scholars, Hugh Nibley is both an icon and an enigma. Through complete access to Nibley's correspondence, journals, notes and papers, Petersen has painted a portrait that reveals the man behind the legend.

Starting with a foreword written by Zina Nibley Peterson (the author's wife and Nibley's daughter) and finishing with appendixes that include some of the best of Nibley's personal correspondence, the biography reveals aspects of...

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Overview

As one of the LDS Church's most widely recognized scholars, Hugh Nibley is both an icon and an enigma. Through complete access to Nibley's correspondence, journals, notes and papers, Petersen has painted a portrait that reveals the man behind the legend.

Starting with a foreword written by Zina Nibley Peterson (the author's wife and Nibley's daughter) and finishing with appendixes that include some of the best of Nibley's personal correspondence, the biography reveals aspects of the tapestry of the life of one who has truly consecrated his life to the service of the Lord.

Boyd Petersen is currently a doctoral candidate in comparative literature and Hebrew bible at the University of Utah.|

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Editorial Reviews

Greg Taggart
"Well written and thoroughly researched, Petersen's biography is a must have for anyone struggling to reconcile faith and reason."
Association for Mormon Letters
Publishers Weekly
Hugh Nibley is generally touted as one of Mormonism's greatest minds and perhaps its most prolific scholarly apologist. Just as hefty as some of Nibley's largest tomes, this authorized biography is delightfully accessible and full of the scholar's delicious wordplay and wit, not to mention some astonishing war stories and insights into Nibley's phenomenal acquisition of languages. Introduced by a personable foreword from the author's wife (who is Nibley's daughter), the book is written with enthusiasm, respect and insight. It is organized into chapters alternating between chronological biography (childhood, mission to Germany, military service in WWII, etc.) and topical themes in Nibley's life (social criticism, faith, scholarship, Scripture and so on). A particularly powerful and timely chapter addresses Nibley's rather surprising views on war; he opposed the Vietnam War when it was very unpopular in LDS culture to do so. Although this format often results in repeated information, it also makes it easy to approach the book as a collection of stand-alone essays. Occasionally the author falls into the archival researcher's trap of including unnecessary information simply because he has access to it, but on the whole, Petersen is a careful scholar who provides helpful historical context. Although Petersen married into Nibley's family, and sometimes defends Nibley and his inconsistencies from his many critics, this project is far from hagiography. It fills an important gap in LDS history and will appeal to a wide Mormon audience. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589580206
  • Publisher: Greg Kofford Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/8/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,136,553
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Forward by Zina Petersen
Introduction: The Man and the Legend
1.   A Scottish Heritage, 1810-1930
2.   Early Life in Oregon, 1910-1930
3.   "Speaking in a Prophetic Vein": Hugh Nibley a Social Critic
4.   Growing Up in Los Angeles, 1921-27
5.   A Voice for the Wilderness: Hugh Nibley, Naturalist
6.   A Mission to Germany, 1927-30
7.   Taking Himself Lightly: The Wit of Hugh Nibley
8.   Higher Education, 1930-38
9.   "One Peep at the Other Side": Hugh Nibley's Life of Faith
10.   Teaching at Claremont, 1938-42
11.   "The Clown of the Professions": Hugh Nibley and Scholarship
12.   Army "Intelligence," 1942-43
13.   War in Europe, 1944-45
14.   "The Work of Death": Hugh Nibley and War
15.   Brodie and BYU, Nuptials and Newborns, 1945-50
16.   "Something to Move Mountains": Hugh Nibley and the Book of Mormon
17.   Poor-Man's Plato and Paterfamilias, 1950-59
18.   The Home Dance: Hugh Nibley Among the Hopi
19.   Fighting Academic Battles and Gaining the Brethren's Trust, 1959-69
20.   "The Book That Answers All the Questions": Nibley and the Pearl of Great Price
21.   Politics, Basketball, Patriarchs, and Temples, 1970-79
22.   "The Source of All Good Things": Hugh Nibley and the Temple
23.   Consecration and Recognition, 1980-89
24.   "Joy Lies in Another Direction": Hugh Nibley's Call to Leave Babylon and Build
Zion
25.   One Eternal Round, 1990-Present
26.   Conclusion: Constancy Amid Change
Appendix A A Chronology of the Life of Hugh Winder Nibley
Appendix B Genealogy of Hugh Winder Nibley
Appendix C Letter from the Front, 1945
Appendix D Letter to Sterling M.   McMurrin, 23 August 1967
Appendix E Shalamar
Index
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