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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H Propp - Published on
Format: Paperback
In the Preface to this 1991 book, the editors wrote, "During the 1980s, LDS scholars did a great deal of research on the Book of Mormon. The result was a bumper crop of serious scholarly studies that shed new light on this sacred scripture... Despite the insights these studies contain, most of them have remained unknown to anyone outside the academic fields of the authors... The officers of (FARMS)... have long felt that the results of these research studies ought to be made available to a larger audience. This book begins to meet that need... This collection of essays focuses on one type of recent research: studies demonstrating that the Book of Mormon contains complex patterns not previously recognized..."

Here are some additional quotations from the book:

"Unlike most of the biblical text, the Book of Mormon text readily acknowledges editing, and we are often told quite a bit about the sources used." (Pg. 19)
"In 1829 Joseph Smith dictated to Oliver Cowdery most of the scripture attributed to Mormon within the period of a few weeks... if Joseph were the original author, then leaving no gaps in the promised materials would have been a remarkable achievement. This makes it much more likely that Joseph was translating rather than creating, and that the editorial consistency is Mormon's work." (Pg. 31)
"Moroni himself indicated that (the Nephites) knew Hebrew (see Mormon 9:32-34). Therefore, the English translation of the Book of Mormon not surprisingly contains characteristics of Hebrew." (Pg. 77)
"Many expressions used in the Book of Mormon are awkward or unexpected in English, even in Joseph Smith's time. Yet they make good sense when viewed as translations, perhaps as too literal translations, from an ancient text written in a Hebrew-like language." (Pg. 91)
"Why do Book of Mormon writers take up so much space on precious gold plates with stories of warfare? They tell us that not a hundredth part of their history is recorded in the Book of Mormon, so this pattern of invasion and reconquest must have been important for them to emphasize so much." (Pg. 203)
"From knowledge available in the Bible or in any other source at that time, no nineteenth-century writer, such as Joseph Smith, could have made up the picture of rites and covenants ... that would so accurately reflect the Israelite tradition." (Pg. 231)
"The Book of Mormon is the only writing coming out of the nineteeth century that faithfully reflects the ancient Israelite covenant tradition. None of the books, articles, or sermons written in Joseph Smith's day presents the eight elements of the ritual pattern that I have shown are found in the Book of Mormon." (Pg. 240)
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Twenty-three articles providing fresh insights into many aspects of the Book of Mormon 16 Dec. 2005
By Craig Matteson - Published on
Format: Paperback
While no reading of commentary should replace direct study of scripture, reading insightful essays such as these can certainly cast fresh light on aspects of the Book of Mormon you may have missed, were unclear about, or you gain a bit more background for things you already are familiar with.

All the articles here accept the Book of Mormon as scripture and the Church's position on everything about the book. The purpose of these articles is to aid the believer in understanding more about what the Book of Mormon says for itself (which can be different than some of the passed-down-stories we sometimes hang onto in to the Church), how the Book of Mormon fits with the societies from which it claims it originated (remarkably well, by the way), and insights into the language used in the book.

There are twenty-three articles of varying length that are grouped four sections:

1) Authors and Editors (including Grand Hardy's article on Mormon as Editor)
2) Language and Literature (including the wonderful article on Alma 36 by John Welch)
3) Ideas and Themes (including Eugene England's article on B of M insight's into Christ's Atonement)
4) Society, Politics, and War (the war articles eventually became its own book)

The subtitle of this book is: "insights you may have missed before". I think there are many fresh insights for you here, but even if you only get one really good idea from this book, reading all of it will have been worth it.

Strongly recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Interesting collection of essays 14 Oct. 2005
By Bobby Boylan - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Rediscovering the Book of Mormon" is a useful volume of essays dealing with the literary texture, variety and richness of the Book of Mormon that shows Joseph Smith could not have possibly authored the text in the 19th century.

As an example, John Tvedtnes, in his essay pertaining to the Hebrew nature of the text, shows, from my educated perspective (I am a theologian) that the text is more Hebraic in nature than the King James Bible and that the language of the volume does not fit the dialect of New York that Smith was accustomed to.

A must read!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Anyone want a drink of water..... out of a fire hydrant? 16 Oct. 2008
By Ryan the Lamanite - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fascinating from beginning to end. Insightful and on point... This book is a must have for the wannabe LDS Scholar. Published by FARMS this book compiles research papers from some of the best academic sources in the LDS camp. Packed with gems from cover to cover. The papers unfold in a progressive format, it delivers on the promise to provide you insights into the text you might have missed in a casual reading of it.... There is a difference between reading the scriptures and studying the scriptures. This book lends a hand in your study of the Ancient record we know and love as The Book of Mormon.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5 stars 9 July 2011
By Cynthia L. Stone - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was just so complete. It gave me information and answered questions I hadn't even thought of asking. Very useful and helpful. It was well-written and readable, but not overly simple. I recommend this book to everybody.
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