Serious study of the book of mormon by latter-day saints is flourishing today as never before 1 and, with more study, the book’s sturdiness and richness and the remarkable accomplishment of its translator, the prophet joseph smith, become more apparent for everyone to see 2 of course, scholarship does not replace spiritual witness as a source of testimony. Synopsis some early critics of the book of mormon ridiculed its literary qualities over time, however, it’s become clear that the book of mormon is actually a remarkably complex and sophisticated text. Chiastic literary structures in the book of mormon by richard k miner taken from hclay gorton a new witness for christ-chiastic structures in the book of mormon. Among contributors to new approaches to the book of mormon are david p wright, “the book of mormon must submit to every test, literary criticism with the rest indeed, it must submit to every analysis and examination mormon attempts to expand appreciation of mormon scripture through critical analysis. Delusions an analysis of the book of mormon with an examination of its internal and external evidences, and a refutation of its pretences to divine authority by alexander campbell with prefatory remarks by joshua v himes topics book of mormon -- controversial literature -- criticism, interpretation, etc.
Though the book of mormon can be seen as literature, it stands apart from works of literature because it is holy scripture, the word of god the book is not bound by the constraints of other literary works that are primarily the product of human efforts, even if some of the principles in those works are inspired. Abstract the book of mormon is a religious text which, like the bible, may be subjected to various methods of analysis this thesis discusses whether literary methods of analysis are applicable to a sacred text, and suggests rules which should govern such a method of analysis. The book of mormon is a volume of scripture comparable to the bible it is a record of god's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the americas and contains, as does the bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel the book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and. Structural studies have identified an artistic literary form, chiasmus, that appears in rich diversity in both the bible and the book of mormon (see book of mormon literature) the most significant structural studies of the book of mormon derive from john w welch's analysis (reynolds, pp 33-52.
The book of mormon: the earliest text analysis of textual variants of the book of mormon. Illustrating the book of mormon's extensive use of literary forms and techniques, the author's overarching premise is that the scripture's narrators and editors (nephi, mormon, moroni) as well as it's preachers (alma, king benjamin, etc) crafted their messages artfully, letting literary force amplify spiritual force. Book of mormon problems lds church members are taught that the book of mormon (bom) is scripture, as well as a true record of the inhabitants of the americas from about 2200 bc to 420 ad.
In the book of mormon, the allegory of the olive tree—written by a prophet named zenos and later quoted by the prophet jacob to his people—stands out as a unique literary creation worthy of close analysis and greater appreciation. Fair: wordprint analysis and the book of mormon or wordprint, analysis of the book of mormon fields' study scrutinizes a 2008 paper published in the journal of literary and linguistic. This volume features articles that look at literary aspects of the book of mormon, including a lyric reading of nephi’s psalm, the exodus pattern and moses typology in the book, the literary context that affected its acceptance in england in 1837, a comparison of the book of mormon with the narrative of zosimus, and even an analysis of the. The book of mormon is large and complicated with many plot twists, flashbacks, and literary genre changes specialists have studied it for decades using the tools of various disciplines most diligent students come away with a profound appreciation for its integrity and constancy bordering on predictability. The book of mormon: a book of mistakes, error, and fraud by jon gary williams introduction the mormon church promotes the book of mormon as an inspired writing however, after a fair and candid examination of the evidence, many thousands of honest mormons have discovered that this claim.
Critics of the book of mormon claim there are places where the language is anachronistic and suggestive of a 19th-century origin consistent with smith's upbringing and life experience, as well as the books and other literature published just preceding the time that the book of mormon was published. Mormon missionaries continue to claim that the science of archeology substantiates the book of mormon, but whether we consider the alleged cities, persons, animals, fabrics, metals, wars and war implements, kings, palaces, or crops, all the evidence points to their nonexistence. By orson scott card adapted from a speech given at the byu symposium on life, the universe, and everything february 1993 the book of mormon is the most important book in my life. The book of mormon: another testament of jesus christ presents itself as a translated record of ancient american peoples detailing their dealings with each other and with god the book as a whole. The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american continent from approximately 2200 bc to ad 421 it was first published in march 1830 by joseph smith as the book of mormon: an account written by the hand of mormon upon plates taken from the plates of nephi, who claimed that it had been.
Chiasmus in the book of mormon we now turn to the question of chiasmus in the book of mormon the first chapter of the book claims that it was written in “the language of the egyptians” but according to “the learning of the jews” (1 nephi 1:2) that is, it was written with egyptian characters and elements but in hebraic style. A literary analysis of the book of mormon robert k thomas portland, oregon: division of literature and languages, reed college, 1947 robert k thomas: author. Book of mormon wordprint or word pattern studies parent page: book of mormon if joseph smith wrote the book of mormon, we should be able to see his literary style across the entire book.
The book of mormon is a wholly american scripture it is the sacred text for the 15 million-strong church of jesus christ of latter-day saints it’s the calling card for thousands of missionaries, and part of the inspiration for a tony award-winning broadway musical but rarely has the book, on. About noel b reynolds noel reynolds (phd, harvard university) is an emeritus professor of political science at brigham young university, where he taught a broad range of courses in legal and political philosophy, american heritage, and the book of mormon.