Text as Afterthought: Jana Riess’s Treatment of the Jacob-Sherem Episode

Title

Text as Afterthought: Jana Riess’s Treatment of the Jacob-Sherem Episode

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2019

Authors

Boyce, Duane (Primary)

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

123-140

Volume

33

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Bibliographic Citation

Boyce, Duane. "Text as Afterthought: Jana Riess’s Treatment of the Jacob-Sherem Episode" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 33. 2019:123-140.

Abstract

Review of Jana Riess, “‘There Came a Man’: Sherem, Scapegoating, and the Inversion of Prophetic Tradition,” in Christ and Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7, eds. Adam S. Miller and Joseph M. Spencer (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017), 17 pages (chapter), 174 pages (book).
 
The Neal A. Maxwell Institute recently published a book on the encounter between Jacob and Sherem in Jacob 7. Jana Riess’s contribution to this volume demonstrates the kind of question-asking and hypothesis formation that might occur on a quick first pass through the text, but it does not demonstrate what obviously must come next, the testing of those hypotheses against the text. Her article appears to treat the text as a mere afterthought. The result is a sizeable collection of errors in thinking about Jacob and Sherem.

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