The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship has reorganized its scripture study journals.
For many years it has published the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. Originally that was a 6×9 text only scholarly journal. At some point the decision was made to make it an 8-1/2×11 glossy with lots of illustrations, in the vein of Biblical Archaeology Review. At that time the journal was made a part of the subscription, so I think it is received by something like 25,000 people. But the narrow focus on the Book of Mormon meant that there was no outlet for studies on other Mormon scripture.
So the Journal has been expanded and renamed the Journal of Book of Mormon & Restoration Scripture. The long time editor, S. Kent Brown (for whom I was a teaching assistant in the early 80s), has retired, so the new editor is Andrew Hedges. (I don’t know him personally, but he went to my alma mater, the University of Illinois, so he gets a thumbs up from me!) I was thrilled to see that Grant Hardy is an Assistant Editor, as also Steven Harper, Jennifer Lane and Kerry Muhlestein. One improvement I especially appreciate is that they now put the endnotes right after the article instead of at the back in really small type.
The first issue features the following:
Terrence L. Szink, “The Vision of Enoch: Structure of a Masterpiece”
Daniel Belnap, “‘I Will Contend with Them that Contend with Thee': The Divine Warrior in Jacob’s Speech of 2 Nephi 6-10″
James Gee, “The Nahom Maps” [a gorgeous presentation of ten 18th and 19th century maps that mention Nahom]
Warren P. Aston, “Identifying Our Best Candidate for Nephi’s Bountiful”
“The Book of Mormon Onomastic Ending -(i)hah”
“Nephi and Goliath: A Case of Literary Allusion” (I’m sure this one is by my friend Ben McGuire)
There is also a new journal, which is not out yet but should first appear this year: Studies in the Bible and Antiquity. The editor of this one is Brian Hauglid, a friend of mine, to be assisted by Carl Griffin. Between these two journals, there is now a publishing outlet for studies relating to all of the Standard Works.
(If anyone is interested, my Maxwell Institute publications are here.)