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Charles Swift

Associate Professor
Ancient Scripture

316-F JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Background
Dr. Swift has studied at The University of Dallas, Brigham Young University, and Columbia University. He has written a number of articles and book chapters with his primary research interest being the study of the scriptures through a literary lens. He also writes fiction, having published short stories and a novel, The Newman Resident. He teaches largely through class lecture and discussion, trying to help his students learn how to better understand the scriptures by more closely reading and analyzing the text.

Selected Courses Taught
The Book of Mormon (REL A 121, REL A 122)
The New Testament (REL A 211)
Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel (REL A 250)
Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon (REL A 275)
The Book of Mormon as Sacred Literature (REL A 392R)

Selected Publications
“Upon Mount Shelem: The Liminal Experience of the Brother of Jared,” in Illuminating the Jaredite Records, editor Daniel L. Belnap (Provo, UT, and Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2020), 85-128.

“‘The Lord Slayeth the Wicked’: Coming to Terms with Nephi Killing Laban,” in The Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, vol. 28, August 2019, 127-69.

“‘After This Manner Did He Speak’: Mormon’s Discourse on Faith, Hope, and Charity,” in The Religious Educator, vol. 19, no. 2, July 2018, 62-81.

“Boxes,” in The Massachusetts Review, vol 59, no. 2, 2018, 363-73.

Major Areas of Research
Scripture as literature
Creative writing

Selected Awards and Recognition
The Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award, 2019.
For “‘The Lord Slayeth the Wicked’: Coming to Terms with Nephi Killing Laban,” in The Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, vol. 28, August 2019, 127-69.

Nominated for the John Whitmer Historical Association Best Theological Article for 2020.
For “‘The Lord Slayeth the Wicked’: Coming to Terms with Nephi Killing Laban,” in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, vol. 28, August 2019, 137-169.

Robert J. Matthews Teaching Award, 2017-2018.
“This award is granted annually to a faculty member whose instructional contributions and teaching record exhibit excellence” (Religious Education Handbook).

Semi-finals in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (top 1% of entries—best 50 of 5,000 entries).
For The Newman Resident (Provo, UT: Fifth East Publishing), 2014.

Alcuin Fellowship, Brigham Young University, 2013-2016.
“The Alcuin Fellowship recognizes outstanding teacher-scholars whose work at the university transcends the limits of their disciplines,” President Jeffrey R. Holland said, “and who have made significant contributions in the general education and honors curriculum at BYU” (Deseret News).

Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Phi Eta Sigma (BYU Chapter), 2008.
Award for outstanding teaching of Freshmen.

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist for John Whitmer Historical Association Best Theological Article for 2020
  • The Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award
  • Robert J. Matthews Teaching Award
  • Alcuin Fellow
  • Phi Eta Sigma Outstanding Faculty Member

Professional Citizenship

  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, BYU Religious Studies Center, 2020-01-01 - 2020-01-31 - 2020-02-01 - 2020-02-28
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, BYU Studies, 2020-01-01 - 2020-01-31 - 2020-01-01 - 2020-01-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, BYU Religious Studies Center: The Religious Educator, 2019-03-01 - 2019-03-31 - 2019-04-01 - 2019-04-30
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, 2019-03-01 - 2019-03-31 - 2019-04-01 - 2019-04-30
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 2019-02-01 - 2019-02-28 - 2019-02-01 - 2019-02-28
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, - 2018-01-01 - 2018-12-31
  • Board Member, Association for Mormon Letters, 2010-01-01 - 2010-12-31 - 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
  • Editor, Associate Editor, The Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, 2004-01-01 - 2004-12-31 - 2007-01-01 - 2007-12-31

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL A 275 : Section 007
  • REL A 275 : Section 010
  • REL A 275 : Section 020
  • REL A 275 : Section 024
  • REL A 275 : Section 025
  • REL A 275 : Section 006
  • REL A 275 : Section 009
  • REL A 275 : Section 022
  • REL A 275 : Section 023

2019

  • REL A 392R: Section 001
  • REL A 275 : Section 032
  • REL A 275 : Section 035
  • REL A 275 : Section 036
  • REL A 275 : Section 037
  • REL E 621 : Section 001
  • REL A 250 : Section 016
  • REL A 250 : Section 020
  • REL A 275 : Section 008
  • REL A 275 : Section 010

2018

  • REL A 392R: Section 001
  • REL A 392R: Section 002
  • REL A 275 : Section 016
  • REL A 275 : Section 020
  • REL A 211 : Section 003
  • REL A 250 : Section 007
  • REL A 250 : Section 011
  • REL A 211 : Section 009
  • REL A 211 : Section 011

2017

  • REL A 250 : Section 018
  • REL A 250 : Section 019
  • REL A 250 : Section 020
  • REL A 250 : Section 021

2016

  • REL A 211 : Section 017
  • REL A 211 : Section 023
  • REL A 211 : Section 028
  • REL A 211 : Section 029
  • REL A 121 : Section 001

2015

  • REL A 211 : Section 009
  • REL A 211 : Section 018
  • REL A 211 : Section 029
  • REL A 211 : Section 030
  • REL A 211 : Section 008
  • REL A 211 : Section 012

2014

  • REL A 211 : Section 010
  • REL A 211 : Section 026
  • REL A 211 : Section 030
  • REL A 211 : Section 006
  • REL A 211 : Section 011
  • REL A 211 : Section 016

2013

  • REL A 121 : Section 039
  • REL A 121 : Section 044
  • REL A 121 : Section 024
  • REL A 122 : Section 013
  • REL A 122 : Section 052
  • REL A 122 : Section 021

2012

  • REL A 121 : Section 019
  • REL A 121 : Section 025
  • HONRS 303R: Section 006
  • REL A 211 : Section 003
  • REL A 122 : Section 007
  • REL A 122 : Section 013
  • REL A 211 : Section 013
  • REL A 211 : Section 022

2011

  • REL A 121 : Section 037
  • HONRS 303R: Section 003
  • REL A 392R: Section 001
  • REL A 121 : Section 039
  • REL A 121 : Section 052

2010

  • REL A 121 : Section 039
  • REL A 121 : Section 077
  • HONRS 303R: Section 003
  • REL A 121 : Section 038
  • REL A 121 : Section 048
  • REL A 121 : Section 054
  • REL A 122 : Section 001
  • REL A 122 : Section 003
  • REL A 122 : Section 028
  • REL A 122 : Section 032
  • HONRS 303R: Section 009
  • REL A 122 : Section 023
  • REL A 122 : Section 029

2009

  • REL A 121 : Section 038
  • REL A 121 : Section 090
  • HONRS 303R: Section 007
  • REL A 121 : Section 042
  • REL A 121 : Section 052
  • REL A 121 : Section 057
  • HONRS 100 : Section 002
  • REL A 122 : Section 001
  • REL A 122 : Section 003
  • REL A 121 : Section 007
  • REL A 122 : Section 032
  • REL A 122 : Section 036
  • HONRS 303R: Section 008
  • REL A 211 : Section 016
  • REL A 211 : Section 018

2008

  • REL A 121 : Section 089
  • REL A 121 : Section 096
  • ENGL 350 : Section 003
  • REL A 121 : Section 077
  • REL A 211 : Section 038
  • REL A 211 : Section 040
  • REL A 122 : Section 033
  • REL A 122 : Section 056
  • REL A 122 : Section 072
  • REL A 122 : Section 076
  • HONRS 303R: Section 006

2007

  • REL A 121 : Section 067
  • REL A 121 : Section 081
  • REL A 121 : Section 119
  • REL A 121 : Section 090
  • REL A 121 : Section 093
  • HONRS 303R: Section 004
  • REL A 122 : Section 006
  • REL A 122 : Section 005
  • REL A 122 : Section 053
  • REL A 122 : Section 103
  • REL A 211 : Section 026
  • HONRS 303R: Section 003
  • REL A 211 : Section 017

2006

  • REL A 121 : Section 085
  • REL A 121 : Section 108
  • REL A 121 : Section 091
  • REL A 121 : Section 094
  • HONRS 303R: Section 003
  • REL A 122 : Section 006
  • REL A 122 : Section 009
  • REL A 122 : Section 082
  • HONRS 303R: Section 004
  • REL A 122 : Section 019
  • REL A 122 : Section 095

2005

  • REL A 121 : Section 089
  • REL A 121 : Section 100
  • HONRS 303R: Section 003
  • REL A 121 : Section 088
  • REL A 121 : Section 114
  • REL A 122 : Section 008
  • REL A 121 : Section 006
  • REL A 121 : Section 013
  • REL A 121 : Section 027
  • REL A 211 : Section 014
  • REL A 211 : Section 016

2004

  • REL A 122 : Section 014
  • REL A 122 : Section 020
  • REL A 122 : Section 022
  • REL A 122 : Section 032
  • REL A 211 : Section 003
  • REL A 211 : Section 029
  • REL A 121 : Section 400
  • REL A 122 : Section 201
  • REL A 122 : Section 019
  • REL A 122 : Section 408
  • REL A 211 : Section 017
  • REL A 211 : Section 019

Presentations

  • Swift C. Cursed No More: The Lamanites as ‘Remnant of Jacob’. Book of Mormon Studies Association Annual Meeting, 2020. October, 2020.
  • Swift CL. “‘It Filled My Soul with Exceedingly Great Joy’: Lehi’s Vision of Teaching and Learning”. Sydney B Sperry Symposium. October, 2011.
  • Swift CL. Three Stories. Easter Conference. April, 2011.
  • Swift CL. Looking at the Doctrine and Covenants through a Literary Lens. Faculty Summer Training. July, 2010.
  • Swift CL. Literary Qualities of the Book of Mormon. Eighth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. January, 2010.
  • Swift CL. Writing in the Classroom. BYU Religious Education Orientation Meeting. August, 2009.
  • Swift CL. No Robe or Ring for the Prodigal Son. Christian Scholars' Conference. csclipscombedu/pageasp?SID=194&Page=7455. June, 2009.
  • Swift CL. Finding the Book in the Book of Mormon: Literature and Scripture. BYU English Society. 2008.
  • Swift CL. "So Great and Marvelous Things": A Literary Message of Third Nephi. Neal A Maxwell Institute Conference on Third Nephi. 2008.
  • Swift CL. Choices: Crafting Narrative in the Book of Mormon. Association for Mormon Letters. wwwaml-onlineorg/. March, 2008.
  • Swift CL. Multiple Presentations at Brigham Young University, Aspen Grove. Aspen Grove Camp. 2007.
  • Swift CL. The Literary Power of the Book of Mormon. Sydney B Sperry Symposium. October, 2007.
  • Swift CL. The Bread of Life Discourse as Dialogue. Sydney B Sperry Symposium. October, 2006.
  • Swift CL. "I have Dreamed a Dream": Lehi's Archetypal Vision of the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life Symposium. September, 2006.
  • Swift CL. The Tree of Life Vision as Visionary Literature. BYU English Society. 2005.
  • Swift CL. The Power of Symbol. Sydney B Sperry Symposium. October, 2001.
  • Swift CL. The Glory of God: Not What We Know, But Who We Are". BYU Religious Education Student Symposium. February, 2001.
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