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“I, Nephi, Wrote This Record”: The Book of Mormon as Ancient History, Part 2—The Search for a Rational Belief

Terryl L. Givens

in By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138184
eISBN:
9780199834211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513818X.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Mormon Scholar Hugh Nibley ushered in a new era of Book of Mormon studies that emphasized congruencies between the record and the world of the Middle East. Focus shifted to textual, linguistic, and ... More


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


“A Marvelous Work and a Wonder”: The Book of Mormon as Sacred Sign

Terryl L. Givens

in By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138184
eISBN:
9780199834211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513818X.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the context of 19th‐century American millennialism, many early converts to Mormonism heralded the Book of Mormon as a sign of the end times. In an era of many prophets and visionaries, the Book of ... More


By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Terryl L. Givens

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138184
eISBN:
9780199834211
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513818X.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book assesses the tempestuous impact and reception history of the Book of Mormon, produced by Joseph Smith in 1830, and the primary scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints. ... More


“Out of the Dust”: The Book of Mormon Comes Forth

Terryl L. Givens

in By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138184
eISBN:
9780199834211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513818X.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Book of Mormon narrates how Lehi, a Jewish prophet, migrated to the Western Hemisphere with his clan and established a colony there, whose leaders maintained a history of their religious, ... More


The Book of Mormon: A (White) Universal Gospel

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the Book of Mormon's racial theology of “white universalism.” It explores the supposed pre-Columbian history that the Book of Mormon contains, notably the origins of Native ... More


Marketing the Book of Mormon to Noah’s Three Sons

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter traces the different ways the Book of Mormon was marketed to “red,” “white,” and “black” Americans during the first three years after the church was founded in 1830. Because Native ... More


Seeking the Face of the Lord: Joseph Smith and the First Temple Tradition

Margaret Barker and Kevin Christensen

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter comes to Mormonism as something only tangentially related to this chapter's author's own work in radically reformulating our understanding of ancient Jewish religion. The author of this ... More


Tracking the Sincere Believer: “Authentic” Religion and the Enduring Legacy of Joseph Smith Jr.

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter furthers the project of an intellectually richer account of Mormonism by offering a critique of the centrality of sympathy in the polemics that have engulfed Mormon historical studies ... More


The Young Seeker

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

in Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Parley Pratt’s Puritan ancestry prefigured his own life of religious conflict and independence, with Anne Hutchinson and John Lathrop among his forbears. His immediate background was impoverished and ... More


Introduction: Race on the Page, Race on the Body

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter introduces the book’s main argument: that the three original American races, “black,” “red,” and, “white,” were constructed first in the written archive before they were read onto human ... More


Introduction

Terryl L. Givens

in By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138184
eISBN:
9780199834211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513818X.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Scripture is a function of the ways in which texts become sacred through their employment or status in a religious community. To understand a scripture, one must understand the ways in which that ... More


Textual Criticism and the Book of Mormon

Grant Hardy

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The last several decades have seen the emergence of academically rigorous textual criticism of the Book of Mormon. This scholarly development has largely been based on a detailed analysis of the two ... More


Relics, Graves, and the Treasure Quest

Samuel Morris Brown

in In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199793570
eISBN:
9780199932511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793570.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Church History

This chapter discusses Joseph Smith's early participation in treasure seeking but considers it from the perspective of grave robbery and negotiations with the dead over their physical artifacts. This ... More


“Written by the Hand of Mormon”: Publication of the Book of Mormon: June 1829–March 1830

Larry E. Morris

in A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

In June 1829, Joseph Smith and Martin Harris began contacting printers, including Thurlow Weed, who declined a contract, and Egbert B. Grandin, who eventually agreed to publish the Book of Mormon. ... More


From the Birth of the Church to the Death of the Prophet

Philip L. Barlow

in Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199739035
eISBN:
9780199345021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739035.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explains Joseph Smith's revision of the Bible. Smith made six basic types of changes. The first consists of long revealed additions that have little or no biblical parallel. A second ... More


Long Narratives: Toward a New Mormon Understanding of Apostasy

John D. Young

in Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199348138
eISBN:
9780199376735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348138.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter explores the potential in Mormon scripture and theology for a reformulation of the confessional narrative of the Great Apostasy: one that both remains true to the fundamental tenet of ... More


The Gold Plates as Foundational Text

Richard Lyman Bushman

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Richard Bushman’s “The Gold Plates as Foundational Text” focuses on the making of the Book of Mormon. In contrast to the controversies over the recovery and translation of the gold plates, the ... More


“An Angel of God Came Down from Heaven”: The Three Witnesses: Late June 1829

Larry E. Morris

in A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

The documents in this chapter deal with the experience reported by Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris in June 1829. Both first-and secondhand accounts are included. The statement of ... More


Ezra Taft Benson and Modern (Book of) Mormon Conservatism

Patrick Q. Mason

in Out of Obscurity: Mormonism since 1945

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199358212
eISBN:
9780199358250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358212.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Latter-day Saint apostle Ezra Taft Benson became Secretary of Agriculture in 1953 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Especially in the 1960s, Benson both reflected and guided Mormonism’s embrace ... More


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