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A New Book Every Time - A Conversation with Bob Rees
A New Book Every Time - A Conversation with Bob Rees

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This week we’re excited to have Bob Rees on the podcast. Bob is a true “long-haul hero” (to use Pete Davis’s term) — a Latter-day Saint who has been studying and writing on Latter-day Saint topics for more than fifty years. To us, Bob exhibits the best of what we have to offer theologically, and practically, to the world.

Bob believes that the deepest power of the Book of Mormon, even more than its remarkable origin story, is its ultimate message of love. After a lifetime of serious study and contemplation, he says, the goodness of the Book has simply changed his life. In addition to the profound effect it’s had on him, he’s also endlessly fascinated by it. We could feel Bob’s enthusiasm as he shared ideas for making our reading of the Book of Mormon come alive–for example, by doing midrash—imagining elaborations and spin-offs that help us flesh out the stories we find in the text. In many ways, Bob models how to have fun with scriptures, even as we learn from or wrestle with them—and allow that work to transform us.

Bob has taught in humanities and Mormon Studies at UCLA, UC Berkeley, Graduate Theological Union, and other institutions. He’s also the co-founder and Vice President of Bountiful Children, which fights child malnutrition worldwide. If you’d like to hear more from Bob on the topic of The Book of Mormon, we’d really encourage you to check out his book of essays A New Witness to the World, which was published in 2020, or The Reader’s Book of Mormon, which Bob co-edited with Eugene England.

Thanks as always for listening, and we’re excited to share this conversation with Bob Rees.

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