In this episode of Dialogue Gospel Study, Maxine Hanks takes on an academic journey through this week’s Book of Mormon study.

Maxine Hanks is a theologian and historian who lectures and writes on gender in Mormon studies and Christian liturgy. She did her bachelor’s in Gender Studies at the U.U. and her masters work in History at ASU with additional graduate work in theology and religious studies at Harvard. Her first book Women and Authority, recovered Mormon feminist history and theology, resulting in her role as one of the “September Six” excommunicated by the LDS Church in 1993. She pursued liturgical studies in gnostic Christianity and interfaith ministry, along with Chaplaincy (CPE) while serving at Holy Cross Chapel and on the Salt Lake Interfaith council. Hanks returned to LDS Church membership in 2012 where she teaches Sunday School classes in her ward.