Reading the Book of Mormon

Mike and Todd discuss the Book of Mormon. The place of the Book of Mormon as a text that holds its own among the sacred texts of the great world religions. Some classic and recent work in Book of Mormon scholarship and devotional readings. Grant Hardy and his study of the major Book of Mormon narrators – Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni – and their narrative interests and approaches. The inexhaustibility of the Book of Mormon as a source of inspiration and insight, from multiple and even competing perspectives; for example, its availability to both theologically conservative and liberal readings. The Book of Mormon as epic tragedy and a voice of warning of the mistakes of past societies that have led to collapse; in many ways a book about what not to do. Why the Book of Mormon is so important to us personally and why we continue to read it again and again.

Some resources on the Book of Mormon:

Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide
Grant Hardy

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon (6 book series)
Brant A. Gardner

Buried Treasures: Reading the Book of Mormon Again for the First Time
Michael Austin

The Book of Mormon for the Least of These
Fatimah Salleh and Margret Olsen Hemming

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

The Book of Mormon: Brief Theological Introductions (12 book series)
Joseph M. Spencer, Terryl L. Givens, Deidre Nicole Green, Deidre Green, Sharron J. Harris, James E. Faulconer, Kylie Nielson Turley, Mark A. Wrathall, Kimberly Matheson Berkey, Daniel Becerra, Adam S. Miller, Rosalynde Frandsen Welch, David F. Holland

Beholding the Tree of Life: A Rabbinic Approach to the Book of Mormon
Bradley J. Kramer

The Vision of All: Twenty-five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi’s Record
Joseph M. Spencer

Mormon’s Codex: An Ancient American Book
John L. Sorenson

Lengthening Shadow: Is Quality of Thought Deteriorating in LDS Scholarly Discourse Regarding Prophets and Revelation? Part Two
Duane Boyce

Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics
Blair G. Van Dyke, Daniel C. Peterson, Neal Rappleye, Michael R. Ash, Benjamin E. Park, Ralph C. Hancock, Brian D. Birch, Juliann Reynolds, Julie M. Smith, Fiona Givens, David Knowlton, Loyd Isao Ericson, David Bokovoy, Joseph M. Spencer, Seth Payne

Approaching Zion
Hugh Nibley

Nephi and His Asherah
Daniel C. Peterson

Gathered in One: How the Book of Mormon Counters Anti-Semitism in the New Testament
Bradley J. Kramer

Sacred Texts of the World
The Great Courses
Grant Hardy

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