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Givens, Terryl

Overview
Works: 36 works in 140 publications in 2 languages and 8,138 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Introductions  Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Biography  Church history  Sources  Records and correspondence  Apologetic works 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: BX8627, 289.322
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Most widely held works by Terryl Givens
By the hand of Mormon : the American scripture that launched a new world religion by Terryl Givens ( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Givens examines the Book of Mormon's role as a divine testament of the Last Days and as a sacred sign of Joseph Smith's status as a modern-day prophet. He assesses its claim to be a history of the pre-Columbian peopling of the Western Hemispheres, first by a small Old World group in the era of Babel, and later by tribes from Jerusalem in the age of Jeremiah. Givens explores how the Book of Mormon has been defined as a cultural product, the imaginative ravings of a rustic religion-maker more inspired by the winds of culture than the breath of God. He also investigates its status as a new American Bible or Fifth Gospel, displacing, supporting, or - in some views - perverting the canonical Word of God. Givens also probes the Book's shifting relationship to Mormon doctrine and its changing reputation among theologians and scholars. Finally, in exploring what Martin Marty refers to as the Book of Mormon's "revelatory appeal," Givens highlights the Book's role as the engine behind what may become the next world religion."--BOOK JACKET
The Book of Mormon by Terryl Givens ( )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With over 140 million copies in print, and serving as the principal proselytizing tool of one of the world's fastest growing faiths, the Book of Mormon is undoubtedly one of the most influential religious texts produced in the western world. Written by Terryl Givens, a leading authority on Mormonism, this compact volume offers the only concise, accessible introduction to this extraordinary work. Givens examines the Book of Mormon first and foremost in terms of the claims that its narrators make for its historical genesis, its purpose as a sacred text, and its meaning for an audience which shifts over the course of the history it unfolds. The author traces five governing themes in particular--revelation, Christ, Zion, scripture, and covenant--and analyzes the Book's central doctrines and teachings. Some of these resonate with familiar nineteenth-century religious preoccupations; others consist of radical and unexpected takes on topics from the fall of Man to Christ's mortal ministries and the meaning of atonement. Givens also provides samples of a cast of characters that number in the hundreds, and analyzes representative passages from a work that encompasses tragedy, poetry, sermons, visions, family histories and military chronicles. Finally, this introduction surveys the contested origins and production of a work held by millions to be scripture, and reviews the scholarly debates that address questions of the record's historicity. Here then is an accessible guide to what is, by any measure, an indispensable key to understanding Mormonism. But it is also an introduction to a compelling and complex text that is too often overshadowed by the controversies that surround it
The viper on the hearth Mormons, myths, and the construction of heresy by Terryl Givens ( )
12 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 1,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Published in 1997, Terryl Givens's The Viper on the Hearth was widely praised as a landmark work--indeed, The Wall Street Journal hailed it as "one of the five best books on Mormonism." Now, in the wake of a tidal wave of Mormon-inspired artistic, literary, and political activity--ranging from the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, to the HBO series Big Love, to the political campaign of Mitt Romney--Givens presents an updated edition that addresses the continuing presence and reception of the Mormon image in contemporary culture. The Viper on the Hearth showed how nineteenth- and twentieth-century American writers frequently cast the Mormon as a stock villain in such fictional genres as mysteries, westerns, and popular romances. If today some authors like Tom Clancy use "Mormon" as shorthand for "clean cut and patriotic," earlier writers more often depicted the Mormons as a violent and perverse people--the "viper on the hearth"--who sought to violate the domestic sphere of the mainstream. Givens is the first to reveal how popular fiction constructed an image of the Mormon as a religious and social Other. The list of authors includes both American and English writers, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes mystery to Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage, from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Dynamiter to Jack London's Star Rover. For this edition, Givens has expanded the final chapter, shedding further light on the Mormon presence in contemporary American culture, with insightful discussions of topics ranging from the musical, The Book of Mormon, to the political campaigns of Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman."--
Dragon scales and willow leaves by Terryl Givens ( Book )
3 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Although they are twins, Jonathan and Rachel neither look the same nor do they see things the same way--especially in the forest
People of paradox : a history of Mormon culture by Terryl Givens ( Book )
17 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In People of Paradox, Terryl Givens traces the rise and development of Mormon culture from the days of Joseph Smith in upstate New York, through Brigham Young's founding of the Territory of Deseret on the shores of Great Salt Lake, to the spread of the Latter-Day Saints around the globe. Throughout the last century and a half, Givens notes, distinctive traditions have emerged among the Latter-Day Saints, shaped by dynamic tensions--or paradoxes--that give Mormon cultural expression much of its vitality. Here is a religion shaped by a rigid authoritarian hierarchy and radical individualism; by prophetic certainty and a celebration of learning and intellectual investigation; by existence in exile and a yearning for integration and acceptance by the larger world. Givens divides Mormon history into two periods, separated by the renunciation of polygamy in 1890. In each, he explores the life of the mind, the emphasis on education, the importance of architecture and urban planning (so apparent in Salt Lake City and Mormon temples around the world), and Mormon accomplishments in music and dance, theater, film, literature, and the visual arts. He situates such cultural practices in the context of the society of the larger nation and, in more recent years, the world. Today, he observes, only fourteen percent of Mormon believers live in the United States. Mormonism has never been more prominent in public life. But there is a rich inner life beneath the public surface, one deftly captured in this sympathetic, nuanced account by a leading authority on Mormon history and thought. -- from publisher description
Joseph Smith, Jr. reappraisals after two centuries ( )
19 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mormon founder Joseph Smith is one of the most controversial figures of 19th century American history, and a virtually inexhaustible subject for analysis. In this volume, 15 scholars offer essays on how to interpret and understand Smith and his legacy
Parley P. Pratt : the Apostle Paul of Mormonism by Terryl Givens ( Book )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biography of Parley P. Pratt, examining the dramatic events of his life and the crucial role he played in the expansion and foundational theology of early Mormonism
When souls had wings : pre-mortal existence in Western thought by Terryl Givens ( Book )
13 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The notion that we spring into existence ex nihilo at birth strikes many people as counter-intuitive. By contrast, the idea that we have an eternal identity appeals to some deep intuition about the self. And indeed, belief in the soul's pre-mortal existence has a long history in Western thought
The Latter-day Saint experience in America by Terryl Givens ( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Scholars have labeled The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - or Mormonism, as it is better known - both "the American Religion," and the next world faith. The Mormon saga includes early persecution, conflict, and pioneer resilience against a backdrop of revolutionary religious, social, and economic practices
The God who weeps : how Mormonism makes sense of life by Terryl Givens ( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Columbia sourcebook of Mormons in the United States ( )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This anthology provides rare access to key original documents illuminating Mormon history, theology, and culture in the United States from the nineteenth century to today. Brief introductions describe the theological significance of each text and its reflection of the practices, issues, and challenges that have defined and continue to define the Mormon community. These documents balance mainstream and peripheral thought and religious experience, institutional and personal perspective, and theoretical and practical interpretation, representing pivotal moments in LDS history and correcting decades of misinformation and stereotype. The authors of these documents, male and female, not only celebrate but speak critically and question mainline LDS teachings on sexuality, politics, gender, race, polygamy, and other issues. Selections largely focus on the Salt Lake-based LDS tradition, with a section on the post-Joseph Smith splintering and its creation of a variety of similar yet different Mormon groups. The documents are arranged chronologically within specific categories to capture both the historical and doctrinal development of Mormonism in the United States"--Provided by publisher
Escamas de dragón y hoj́as de sauce by Terryl Givens ( Book )
2 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in Spanish and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Although they are twins, Juan and Raquel neither look the same nor do they see things the same way--especially in the forest
Parley P. Pratt the St. Paul of Mormonism by Terryl Givens ( )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow offer a revelatory biography of Parley P. Pratt, examining the dramatic events of his life and the crucial role he played in the expansion and foundational theology of early Mormonism
The Prophecy of Enoch as Restoration Blueprint by Terryl Givens ( )
2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The book of Mormon a very short introduction by Terryl Givens ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With more than 140 million copies in print and serving as the principal proselytizing tool of one of the world's fastest-growing faiths, the Book of Mormon is undoubtedly one of the most influential religious texts produced in the Western world. This compact volume offers the only concise, accessible introduction to this extraordinary work
New religious movements and orthodoxy : the challenge to the religious mainstream by Terryl Givens ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lightning out of heaven : Joseph Smith and the forging of community by Terryl Givens ( Book )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wrestling the angel. cosmos, God, humanity by Terryl Givens ( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Wrestling the Angel, Vol. I is the first in a two part study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, situated in the context of an overview of the Christian tradition. The book traces the essential contours of Mormon thought as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Terryl L. Givens, one of the nation's foremost Mormon scholars, offers a sweeping account of the history of Mormon belief, revealing that Mormonism is a tradition still very much in the process of formation."--Provided by the publisher
"Lightning out of heaven" Joseph Smith and the forging of community by Terryl Givens ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mimesis and the limits of semblance by Terryl Givens ( Book )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Givens, Terryl.
Givens, Terryl C.
Givens, Terryl L.
Givens, Terryl L. 1957-
Givens, Terryl L. 1959-
Givens, Terryl L. (Terryl Lynn), 1957-
Givens, Terryl Lynn 1959-
Languages
English (121)
Spanish (2)
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