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New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology

New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology by Metcalfe, Brent Lee 1560850175 9781560850175
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When Joseph Smith presented the Book of Mormon for sale in early 1830, questions surfaced immediately regarding its claim to be an ancient history of America. In this ten-essay compilation, scholars outline the broad contours of contemporary research bearing on this question. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, contributors discuss historicity from the standpoint of physical and cultural anthropology, geography, linguistics, demographics, literary forms, liturgical context, theology, and evolution of the original manuscript to published work.<P>The message of the Book of Mormon is one of socio-economic equality and divine intervention. That message can be obscured by people who revere it as an icon and prooftext rather than read it for understanding. Furthermore, attempts to make the book safe for Sunday school audiences can gloss over context. Returning to a nineteenth-century understanding restores the books spiritual rather than symbolic importance.<P>By asking hard questions, contributors modify, even transform, previous theories regarding the nature of LDS scripture. Still, through painstaking research, they share a wealth of fresh perspectives and offer an array of new directions for future investigation.

Author: Metcalfe, Brent Lee

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 460

Publisher: Signature Books

Publication Date: 1993-06-01

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