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Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

Grant Hardy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199731701
eISBN:
9780199777167
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, World Religions

While the significance of the Book of Mormon in American history and religion is universally acknowledged, its complicated narrative can be bewildering to outsiders. In addition, controversy over its ... More


Mormon's Dilemma: Competing Agendas

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199731701
eISBN:
9780199777167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, World Religions

The majority of the Book of Mormon is narrated by Mormon, who is supposed to have lived at the end of Nephite history, in the fourth century AD. Whether one regards him as a historical figure or a ... More


Other Voices: Embedded Documents

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199731701
eISBN:
9780199777167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, World Religions

One important feature of Mormon's narration is his insertion of purported primary source documents into his history. Bernard Duyfhuizen's theories of “narratives of transmission” are applied to the ... More


Providential Recurrence: Parallel Narratives

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199731701
eISBN:
9780199777167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, World Religions

In the Book of Mormon, many narratives have parallels. These include 1) simple parallels, such as Abinadi's story being like that of Moses, 2) complex parallels in which a single story has multiple ... More


The Day of the Lord's Coming: Prophecy and Fulfillment

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199731701
eISBN:
9780199777167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, World Religions

The story of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance in the New World is the climax of the Book of Mormon, but in some ways it is disappointing. It doesn’t fit well into the larger narrative and Jesus’ ... More


Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Elizabeth Fenton and Jared Hickman (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

As the sacred text of a modern religious movement of global reach, The Book of Mormon has undeniable historical significance. That significance, this volume shows, is inextricable from the intricacy ... More


Kinship, The Book of Mormon, and Modern Revelation

Nancy Bentley

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

What relations do modern Americans have to dead ancestors? In the first half of the nineteenth century, this question preoccupied authors of many stripes, from ethnologist Lewis Henry Morgan, to ... More


Nephites and Israelites: The Book of Mormon and the Hebraic Indian Theory

Elizabeth Fenton

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

This essay reads The Book of Mormon within the context of a popular early American discourse: the Hebraic Indian theory. Theories about the origins of Native peoples emerged as soon as Europeans ... More


“Great Cause to Mourn”: The Complexity of The Book of Mormon’s Presentation of Gender and Race

Kimberly M. Berkey and Joseph M. Spencer

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

As is often noted, The Book of Mormon attaches normative value to whiteness and generally ignores women’s spirituality. This essay insists, however, that the book’s presentation of gender and race ... More


“We’re Going to Take Our Land Back Over”: Indigenous Positionality, the Ethnography of Reading, and The Book of Mormon

Stanley J. Thayne

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

Reading is a cultural activity, meaning that we read from a particular space and cultural positionality. An ethnography of reading, then, takes into account how one’s positionality affects one’s ... More


The Book of Mormon and the Reshaping of Covenant

Terryl Givens

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

The Book of Mormon can be situated within the context of a tradition of covenantal rhetoric. The book is introduced by its editor as assurance to an American remnant of Israel of “the covenants of ... More


“Arise From the Dust, My Sons, and Be Men”: Masculinity in The Book of Mormon

Amy Easton-Flake

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

The Book of Mormon joined a conversation of American manhood in flux. While American literature gave rise to a new model of manhood, the American Adam, self-help literature offered male passions ... More


“I Lead the Way, Like Columbus”: Joseph Smith, Genocide, and Revelatory Ambiguity

Zachary McLeod Hutchins

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

Readers of The Book of Mormon have long identified Christopher Columbus as the “man among the Gentiles” whose divinely prompted journey to the Americas is foretold therein; Columbus thus became a ... More


Book of Mormon Poetry

Edward Whitley

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

For years, scholars have identified elements of Hebraic poetry in the words of Book of Mormon prophets as evidence of the book’s ancient origins. This effort to make poetic forms proof of the book’s ... More


Introduction: Learning to Read With The Book of Mormon

Elizabeth Fenton and Jared Hickman

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

This volume brings together a diverse range of scholars in American literary studies and related fields to definitively establish The Book of Mormon as an indispensable object of Americanist inquiry. ... More


Orson Pratt’s Enduring Influence on The Book of Mormon

Paul Gutjahr

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

First published in 1830, over the next half-century The Book of Mormon appeared in some dozen new editions. Perhaps the most important edition of the nineteenth century appeared in 1879 and was ... More


The Book of Mormon and the Bible

Grant Hardy

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

The Book of Mormon appeared in American history at a time of religious turmoil. As it attempted to answer questions posed by Christians and skeptics alike, it did so through narrative rather than ... More


An American Book of Chronicles: Pseudo-Biblicism and the Cultural Origins of The Book of Mormon

Eran Shalev

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

By the time Joseph Smith published The Book of Mormon, Americans had been producing and consuming faux biblical texts for close to a century. Imitating a practice that originated as a satirical ... More


“The Writing of the Fruit of Thy Loins”: Reading, Writing, and Prophecy in The Book of Mormon

Laura Thiemann Scales

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

Although it has frequently been acknowledged that first-person narration is a crucial component of The Book of Mormon’s structure, no critic has fully analyzed the nature of narrative voice in The ... More


Awful Disclosures of Mormonism: Convents, Polygamy, and the Fear of Female Sexual Deviance

Cassandra L. Yacovazzi

in Escaped Nuns: True Womanhood and the Campaign Against Convents in Antebellum America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190881009
eISBN:
9780190881030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190881009.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Religion and Society

Anti-Catholicism flourished alongside anti-Mormonism. Opposition to Mormonism largely focused on polygamy, something Protestant Americans felt threatened female sexual purity, traditional marriage, ... More


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