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H., J. M. “New Records.” Church News 45 (4 January 1975): 15.
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“Hallowed Journey” is a dramatic recreation of Lehi’s journey to the promised land.

ID = [79903]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1975-01-04  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
H., M. W. “Some New Books: The Mormons.” The Sun ([month unidentifiable] 7, 1844?).
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Gives a short account of Joseph Smith: his family history, the first vision, and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Claims that the Book of Mormon’s origin lies in the Spaulding manuscript.

ID = [80188]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1844-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Haag, Eldon C. “By the Gift and Power of God.” Instructor 105 (March 1970): 82-83.
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The Lord did not need an educated man to translate the Nephite records, but one like Joseph Smith who would capture the spirit and message of the original document through divine aid.

ID = [79266]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1970-03-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:48
Seely, David Rolph, and Erica L. Holland. “Old Testament Bibliography: Latter-day Saint Publications, 1997–2005.” BYU Studies 45, no. 1 (2006): 143-171.
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This is a continuation of the comprehensive bibliography of LDS writings on the Old Testament published in BYU Studies 37, no. 2 (1997–98), available at byustudies.byu.edu. This bibliography includes publications from 1997 to the end of 2005 as well as a few older publications that were not included in the first bibliography. Since that bibliography, there has been a Sperry Symposium dedicated to the Old Testament; all of those printed proceedings (Covenants, Prophecies, and Hymns of the Old Testament) are included in this bibliography. Published in 2005 is the volume Sperry Symposium Classics, a collection of papers from previous symposia; since many of those articles were revised for the 2005 volume, they are included here. Also relevant to the Old Testament is a volume published by FARMS entitled Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem. Of note but not included in this bibliography because of space considerations are the many Old Testament topics discussed in encyclopedic form in The Book of Mormon Reference Companion, edited by Dennis Largely (Deseret Book, 2003).

ID = [29928]  Status = Type = bibliography  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies,old-test  Size: 63884  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:07
Haddock, Sharon. “Nibley a Passionate Defender of the Book of Mormon.” Mormon Times, 26 March 2010.
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Describes Hugh Nibley’s passion for the Book of Mormon and how he defended it.

Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Book of Mormon
ID = [787]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 2010-03-26  Collections:  bom,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:34
Haderlie, Brooks. “A History and Survey of Ka Buke a Moramona, the Book of Mormon in Hawaiian.” Latter-day Saint Historical Studies 23, no. 2 (2022): 63-93.
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“The Hawaiian translation of the Book of Mormon regularly appears on lists of the rarest LDS-related publications. This claim raises at lease two questions: 1) Why is it so rare? and 2) How many copies are still in existence? A related question is: How did the Hawaiian Book of Mormon come to be the first non-European language translation of that work? This study will address all of these questions.” [Author]

Keywords: Book of Mormon, editions and translations; Book of Mormon; Hawaii
ID = [82068]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2022-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hadfield, M. Gary, and John W. Welch. “The ‘Decapitation’ of Shiz.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 266-268. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Ether; Jaredite; Physiology
ID = [75700]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Hadley, Thomas M. “A Thousand Copies of the Book.” Ensign, September 1989.
ID = [49209]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1989-09-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 2884  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:45
Hafen, Bruce C., and Marie K. Hafen. “Adam, Eve, the Book of Moses, and the Temple: The Story of Receiving Christ’s Atonement.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 46 (2021): 157-200.
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Abstract: The authors begin by highlighting the importance of Book of Moses research that has discovered plausible findings for its historicity, rendering it at least reasonable to give the benefit of the doubt to sacred premises — even if, ultimately, the choice of premises is just that, a choice. Emphasizing the relevance of the Book of Moses to the temple, they note that the Book of Moses is not only an ancient temple text, but also the ideal scriptural context for a modern temple preparation course. Going further, the authors address an important question raised by some who have asked: “Since Christ is at the center of the gospel, why doesn’t the temple endowment teach the story of the life of Christ? What’s all this about Adam and Eve?” The answer given in detail in the paper is as follows: “The story of the life of Christ is the story of giving the Atonement. And the story of Adam and Eve is the story of receiving the Atonement. Their story is our story, too.”
[Editor’s Note: Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article is reprinted here as a service to the Latter-day Saint community. Original pagination and page numbers have necessarily changed, otherwise the reprint has the same content as the original.
See Bruce C. Hafen and Marie K. Hafen, “Adam, Eve, the Book of Moses, and the Temple: The Story of Receiving Christ’s Atonement,” in Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: Inspired Origins, Temple Contexts, and Literary Qualities, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon (Orem, UT: The Interpreter Foundation; Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central; Redding, CA: FAIR; Tooele, UT: Eborn Books, 2021), page numbers forthcoming. Further information at https://interpreterfoundation.org/books/ancient-threads-in-the-book-of-moses/.]Historicity and Plausibility of the Book of Moses.

Topics:    Book of Moses Topics > Chapters of the Book of Moses > Moses 4–6:12 — Grand Council in Heaven, Adam and Eve
Book of Moses Topics > Temple Themes in the Book of Moses and Related Scripture
ID = [3387]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64126  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:56
Hafen, Bruce C. “The Atonement: All for All.” Delivered at the Sunday Afternoon Session of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 2004.
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When the Savior’s all and our all come together, we will find not only forgiveness of sin, … “we shall be like him.”

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [19792]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2004-04-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 10210  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:11
Hafen, Jonathan O. “If You Want to Go Far, Go Together.” Commencement, Brigham Young University, August 16, 2018.
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May your positive memories of BYU stay with you throughout your life. May your BYU connections continue to be a strong influence in all that you do. May you know that you will always be welcome here on campus on this consecrated ground.

Keywords: Friendship; Success
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [70121]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2018-08-16  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:08:04
Hafen, Bruce C., and Marie K. Hafen. “Adam, Eve, the Book of Moses, and the Temple: The Story of Receiving Christ’s Atonement.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 46 (2021): 157-200.
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Abstract: The authors begin by highlighting the importance of Book of Moses research that has discovered plausible findings for its historicity, rendering it at least reasonable to give the benefit of the doubt to sacred premises — even if, ultimately, the choice of premises is just that, a choice. Emphasizing the relevance of the Book of Moses to the temple, they note that the Book of Moses is not only an ancient temple text, but also the ideal scriptural context for a modern temple preparation course. Going further, the authors address an important question raised by some who have asked: “Since Christ is at the center of the gospel, why doesn’t the temple endowment teach the story of the life of Christ? What’s all this about Adam and Eve?” The answer given in detail in the paper is as follows: “The story of the life of Christ is the story of giving the Atonement. And the story of Adam and Eve is the story of receiving the Atonement. Their story is our story, too.”
[Editor’s Note: Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article is reprinted here as a service to the Latter-day Saint community. Original pagination and page numbers have necessarily changed, otherwise the reprint has the same content as the original.
See Bruce C. Hafen and Marie K. Hafen, “Adam, Eve, the Book of Moses, and the Temple: The Story of Receiving Christ’s Atonement,” in Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: Inspired Origins, Temple Contexts, and Literary Qualities, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon (Orem, UT: The Interpreter Foundation; Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central; Redding, CA: FAIR; Tooele, UT: Eborn Books, 2021), page numbers forthcoming. Further information at https://interpreterfoundation.org/books/ancient-threads-in-the-book-of-moses/.]Historicity and Plausibility of the Book of Moses.

Topics:    Book of Moses Topics > Chapters of the Book of Moses > Moses 4–6:12 — Grand Council in Heaven, Adam and Eve
Book of Moses Topics > Temple Themes in the Book of Moses and Related Scripture
ID = [3387]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64126  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:56
Hilton, John, III, Sunny Hendry Hafen, and Jaron Hansen. “Samuel’s Nephite Sources.” In Samuel the Lamanite, ed. Charles Swift. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33912]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:22:24
Hagedorn, Hermann. “My Mormon.” The Outlook 137 (2 July 1924): 358-59.
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A member of the RLDS church discusses Church doctrine, practices, history, and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [79860]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1924-07-02  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
Haglund, Richard F., Jr. “Is There a Cure for Authoritarianism in Science?” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by Ricks, Stephen D., and John M. Lundquist, 438-455. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Authoritarianism; Science
ID = [75777]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Welch, John W., and Daryl R. Hague. “Benjamin’s Sermon as a Traditional Ancient Farewell Address.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 89-117. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; King Benjamin; Speech
ID = [75713]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 47804  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Hague, Daryl R., and John W. Welch. “Benjamin’s Sermon as a Traditional Ancient Farewell Address.” In King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, . Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: King Benjamin
ID = [75727]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 27181  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Haight, David B. “Joseph Smith the Prophet.” Delivered at the Saturday Afternoon Session of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1979.
ID = [14300]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1979-10-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference,smith-joseph-jr  Size: 10569  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:16
Haight, David B. “Joseph Smith the Prophet.” Ensign, November 1979.
ID = [44707]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1979-11-01  Collections:  bom,ensign,smith-joseph-jr  Size: 12007  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:21
Haight, David B. “Remembering the Savior’s Atonement.” Ensign, April 1988.
ID = [48523]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1988-04-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 25102  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:39
Haining, Samuel. Mormonism Weighed In the Balances of the Sanctuary and Found Wanting. Douglass, England: For the Author by Robert Fargher, 1840.
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Claims that the Bible is sufficient, inerrant, and infallible. The Book of Mormon adds to God’s word, when this is strictly forbidden by scripture. For the author, it is “the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible” The Book of Mormon also contradicts many statements found in the Bible and is full of many ridiculous anachronisms.

ID = [78070]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1840-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Puening, Ronald L., Barbara A. Hainsworth, Karen Galley, Philip Jackson, Matt Paulson, Marilyn Stewart, Scott J. Klemm, Thomas L. Faulkner, Louis Wilkins, Peter Vokac, Richard G. Belliss, W. D. Sanders, and John W. Miller. “Queries and Comments: More on the Nephites and the Book of Mormon.” Biblical Archaeology Review 14 (November—December 1988): 12, 14-18, 20.
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Letters responding to C. L. Sainsbury’s letter (July/August issue) seeking inclusion of Nephite history on an international timeline. Contributors contend that no archaeological evidence exists for the Book of Mormon, point out the book’s similarity to the Bible, and enclose the Smithsonian Institution’s statement concerning the Book of Mormon.

ID = [80034]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1988-11-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:03
Hainsworth, Jerome Child. “The Book of Mormon as an Instrument in Teaching the Historicity of Old Testament Events and Characters.” M.R.E. thesis, Brigham Young University, 1964.
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Analysis of Book of Mormon passages dealing with Old Testament characters and events is made to establish the historical validity of the Bible. Several historical characters and events are mentioned such as Adam, Eve, Moses, and the parting of the Red Sea.

ID = [80344]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 1964-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:05
Hale, Adrian. “Mormon Reactions to The Book of Mormon.” Comedy Studies 12, no. 2 (March, 2021): 186-202.
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The sustained success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon posed a major dilemma for the Mormon Church1 and for many individual Mormons who revere the scripture from which the musical comedy takes its name. As a minority religion in the USA, the Mormon Church has endured over 190 years of persecution, public ridicule and marginalisation, much of which has been prompted by media and religious opposition to the Church’s distinctive doctrines and scripture. Naturally, Mormon sensitivity to criticism – including humour which targets its core doctrines – remains high, given this historical legacy of wider community hostility. Nevertheless, the Mormon Church responded with what commentators saw as a unique and good-natured official public relations/proselyting campaign, capitalising on the musical’s success. It signalled what can be referred to as a mature and creative policy/culture of tolerance, and this policy probably encouraged some members to attend the musical. This paper investigates the Church’s official response to the musical, looks briefly at Mormon humour, and presents the results of a survey amongst Mormons who watched the show, to see if Mormons can laugh at The Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Anti-Mormonism, responses to; Public image, 21st century; Humor; The Book of Mormon (musical)
ID = [82024]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2021-03-23  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hale, Isaac. “Statements of Mr. Hale.” New York Baptist Register XI (June 13, 1834): 68.
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Mr. Hale handled the box that contained the gold plates but was not allowed to look. Tells how Martin Harris came to assist in the translation, how the 116 pages were lost, and concerning Oliver Cowdery as scribe. Finds that the whole affair was a “silly fabrication of falsehood and wickedness”

ID = [80202]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1834-06-13  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Hale, Lynette Burke. “Real Testimony.” Friend 23 (August 1993): 43-45.
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A story for children about gaining a real testimony of the Book of Mormon by reading it.

ID = [80048]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1993-08-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:03
Hale, Van. “Delusions: The First Critical Analysis of the Book of Mormon.” Mormon Issues 1 (1991): 1-2.
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(Comment on Alexander Campbell’s analysis of the Book of Mormon.)

Keywords: Campbell, Alexander; Book of Mormon
ID = [82075]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hales, Brian C. “Automatic Writing and the Book of Mormon: An Update.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 52, no. 2 (Summer, 2019): 1-35.
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Attributing the Book of Mormon’s origin to supernatural forces has worked well for Joseph Smith’s believers, then as well as now, but not so well for critics who seem certain natural abilities were responsible. For over 180 years, several secular theories have been advanced as explanations. The more popular hypotheses include plagiarism (of the Solomon Spaulding manuscript), collaboration (with Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, etc.), mental illness (bipolar, dissociative, or narcissistic personality disorders),6 and Joseph’s intellect (with help from the Bible, View of the Hebrews, parallelism, or his environment). Even today the topic remains controversial without general consensus.

Keywords: Seer stones; Book of Mormon, authorship; Smith, Joseph, Jr., education; Book of Mormon, literary context; Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith’s translation of
ID = [82011]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2019-06-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Hales, Brian C. “Changing Critics’ Criticisms of Book of Mormon Changes.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 28 (2018): 49-64.
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Abstract: In early 1830 Joseph Smith published the Book of Mormon, a 269,938-word volume that discusses religious themes intermingled with a history of ancient American peoples.
Claiming it was scripture like the Bible,
in 1841 he declared it to be “the most correct of any book on earth and the keystone of our religion.”
Yet, many changes in the text of the Book of Mormon can be detected when comparing the original manuscript to the version available today. These changes have served as a lightning rod for some critics who imply that a divinely inspired book should not require any alterations. This article examines the types of changes that have occurred while trying to assign levels of significance and identify Joseph’s motives in making those alterations in the 1837 and 1840 reprintings of the book.

ID = [3643]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 34317  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:58
Hales, Brian C. “Curiously Unique: Joseph Smith as Author of the Book of Mormon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 31 (2019): 151-190.
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Abstract: The advent of the computer and the internet allows Joseph Smith as the “author” of the Book of Mormon to be compared to other authors and their books in ways essentially impossible even a couple of decades ago. Six criteria can demonstrate the presence of similarity or distinctiveness among writers and their literary creations: author education and experience, the book’s size and complexity, and the composition process and timeline. By comparing these characteristics, this essay investigates potentially unique characteristics of Joseph Smith and the creation of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [3594]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64738  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:57
Hales, Brian C. “Dating Joseph Smith’s First Nauvoo Sealings.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 20 (2016): 1-16.
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Abstract: In the October 2015 issue of The Journal of Mormon History, Gary Bergera presents a richly illustrated article, “Memory as Evidence: Dating Joseph Smith’s Plural Marriages to Louisa Beaman, Zina Jacobs, and Presendia Buell” (95–131). It focuses on a page from the “Historian’s Private Journal,” which Bergera dates to “specifically September or thereabouts” of 1866 (99). Wilford Woodruff’s handwriting on that page describes Joseph Smith’s plural marriage sealings and dates his marriage to Louisa Beaman to “May 1840,” to Zina Huntington on “October 27, 1840,” to Presendia Huntington on “December 11, 1840,” and also to Rhoda Richards on “June 12, 1843.” The first three dates on the historian’s document are important, as Bergera explains: “If accurate, Woodruff’s record not only pushes back the beginnings of Joseph Smith earliest Nauvoo plural marriage by a year but it also requires that we reevaluate what we think we know — and how we know it — about the beginnings of LDS polygamy” (95–96). The key question is whether the information on that page can be considered “accurate” in light of other available documents dealing with these plural sealings. During the remaining thirty-four pages of the article, Bergera presents an argument that 1840, not 1841, is the most reliable year for the Prophet’s earliest Nauvoo plural unions. This essay examines why his analysis of the records appears to be incomplete and his conclusions problematic.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3743]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 28818  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:59
Hales, Brian C. “Dissenters: Portraying the Church as Wrong So They can be Right Without It.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 10 (2014): 77-121.
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Abstract: This essay addresses the reasons many persons have left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In particular, there are those who publicly assert the Church is not led by inspired leaders so they can feel at peace about their decision to leave it. One common argument used to justify their estrangement is the “Samuel Principle,” which ostensibly would require God to allow his followers on earth to go astray if they chose any level of unrighteousness. Problems with this interpretation are presented including examples from religious history that show that God’s primary pattern has been to call his errant followers to repentance by raising up righteous leaders to guide them. Also explored are the common historical events that dissenters often allege have caused the Church to apostatize. The notion that the Church and the “Priesthood” could be separate entities is examined as well. The observation that Church leaders continue to receive divine communication in order to fulfill numerous prophecies and that a significant number of completely devout Latter-day Saints have always existed within the Church, obviating the need for any dissenting movement, is discussed. In addition, several common scriptural proof-texts employed by some dissenters and their ultimate condition of apostasy are analyzed.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
ID = [4295]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64770  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:00
Hales, Brian C. “Joseph Smith as a Book of Mormon Storyteller.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 46 (2021): 253-290.
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Abstract: For nearly 200 years, skeptics have promoted different naturalistic explanations to describe how Joseph Smith generated all the words of the Book of Mormon. The more popular theories include plagiarism (e.g. of the Solomon Spaulding manuscript), collaboration (with Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, etc.), mental illness (bipolar, dissociative, or narcissistic personality disorders) and automatic writing, also called “spirit writing, “trance writing,” or “channeling.” A fifth and currently the most popular theory posits that Joseph Smith possessed all the intellectual abilities needed to complete the task. A variation on this last explanation proposes that he used the methods of professional storytellers. For millennia, bards and minstrels have entertained their audiences with tales that extended over many hours and over several days. This article explores their techniques to assess whether Joseph Smith might have adopted such methodologies during the three-month dictation of the Book of Mormon. Through extensive fieldwork and research, the secrets of the Serbo-Croatian storytellers’ abilities to dictate polished stories in real time have been identified. Their technique, also found with modification among bards throughout the world, involves the memorization of formulaic language organized into formula systems in order to minimize the number of mental choices the tale-teller must make while wordsmithing each phrase. These formulas are evident in the meter, syntax, or lexical combinations employed in the storyteller’s sentences. Professional bards train for many years to learn the patterns and commit them to memory. When compared to Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, the historical record fails to support that he had trained in the use of formula systems prior to 1829 or that his dictation employed a rhythmic delivery of the phrases. Neither are formula patterns detected in the printed 1830 Book of Mormon. Apparently, Smith did not adopt this traditional storyteller’s methodology to dictate the Book of Mormon.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3392]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64768  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:56
Hales, Brian C. “Joseph Smith: Monogamist or Polygamist?” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 25 (2017): 117-156.
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Abstract: In the past decades much of the debate regarding Joseph Smith and plural marriage has focused on his motivation — whether libido or divine inspiration drove the process. Throughout these debates, a small group of observers and participants have maintained that Joseph did not practice polygamy at any time or that his polygamous sealings were nonsexual spiritual marriages. Rather than simply provide supportive evidence for Joseph Smith’s active involvement with plural marriage, this article examines the primary arguments advanced by monogamist proponents to show that important weaknesses exist in each line of reasoning.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3691]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64593  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:58
Hales, Brian C. “Naturalistic Explanations of the Origin of the Book of Mormon: A Longitudinal Study.” BYU Studies Quarterly 58, no. 3 (2019): 105-148.
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Joseph Smith and his followers declared the Book of Mormon’s supernatural origin—that it was a divinely inspired translation of an ancient-American record, acquired by Joseph through visions and the help of an angel. This explanation, however, was widely rejected by outsiders from the outset. Within weeks after the Book of Mormon’s first pages came off the press, critics promoted “naturalistic explanations”—so called because they are based on scientific observation or natural phenomena—that rejected the possibility of a divine, supernatural origin of the Book of Mormon. To varying degrees, these naturalistic theories continue to be perpetuated today. This article examines the most popular naturalistic explanations for the Book of Mormon longitudinally, which will enable readers to better understand them and why they have waxed and waned in popularity over time.

Keywords: Early Church History; Joseph; Jr.; Naturalistic Explanations for the Book of Mormon; Smith; Translation
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Hales, Brian C. “A Priesthood Restoration Narrative for Latter-day Saints Believers.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 41 (2020): 49-54.
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Review of Michael Hubbard MacKay, Prophetic Authority: Democratic Hierarchy and the Mormon Priesthood (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2020). 184 pages. $22.95 (paperback). Abstract: With ready access to all the documents acquired by the Joseph Smith Papers project, Michael Hubbard MacKay, co-editor of the Joseph Smith Papers’ Documents, Volume 1: July 1828–June 1831, presents a new historical reconstruction of the priesthood restoration in Prophetic Authority: Democratic Hierarchy and the Mormon Priesthood. MacKay summarizes how Joseph Smith’s initial authority was based primarily on charisma drawn from the Book of Mormon translation and his revelations. The transition next to apostolic authority — derived from priesthood keys restored by Peter, James and John — is also detailed. MacKay contextualizes the priesthood as part of Smith’s efforts to offer “salvation to humankind and [bind] individuals to Christ” (37‒38). Historical controversies are handled with frankness and depth. This study constitutes an important upgrade in the historiography of this controversial topic.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Topics > Criticisms and Apologetics > Book Reviews
ID = [3448]  Status = Checked by JA Type = journal article  Date = 2020-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 12362  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:56
Hales, Brian C. “Supernatural or Supernormal? Scrutinizing Secular Sources for the Book of Mormon.” Paper presented at the 2019 FairMormon Conference. August, 2019.
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Keywords: Automatic Writing; Book of Mormon Authorship; Book of Mormon Translation; Cowdery; Joseph; Naturalistic Explanations for the Book of Mormon; Oliver; Rigdon; Sidney; Smith; Solomon; Spaulding; Sr.
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Hales, Brian C. “Theories and Assumptions: A Review of William L. Davis’s Visions in a Seer Stone.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 39 (2020): 151-190.
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A review of William L. Davis, Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 2020, 264 pp. paperback $29.95, hardcover $90, e-book $22.99, ISBN: 1469655675, 9781469655673.
Abstract: Within the genre of Book of Mormon studies, William L. Davis’s Visions in a Seer Stone presents readers with an innovative message that reports how Joseph Smith was able to produce the words of the Book of Mormon without supernatural assistance. Using oral performance skills that Smith ostensibly gained prior to 1829, his three-month “prodigious flow of verbal art and narrative creation” (7) became the Book of Mormon. Davis’s theory describes a two-part literary pattern in the Book of Mormon where summary outlines (called “heads) in the text are consistently expanded in subsequent sections of the narrative. Termed “laying down heads,” Davis insists that such literary devices are anachronistic to Book of Mormon era and constitute strong evidence that Joseph Smith contributed heavily, if not solely, to the publication. The primary weaknesses of the theory involve the type and quantity of assumptions routinely accepted throughout the book. The assumptions include beliefs that the historical record does not support or even contradicts (e.g. Smith’s 1829 superior intelligence, advanced composition abilities, and exceptional memorization proficiency) and those that describe Smith using oral performance skills beyond those previously demonstrated as humanly possible (e.g. the ability to dictate thousands of first-draft phrases that are also refined final-draft sentences). Visions in a Seer Stone will be most useful to individuals who, like the author, are willing to accept these assumptions. To more skeptical readers, the theory presented regarding the origin of the Book of Mormon will be classified as incomplete or inadequate. .

Topics:    Book of Mormon Topics > Criticisms and Apologetics > Book Reviews
ID = [3484]  Status = Checked by JA Type = journal article  Date = 2020-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64439  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:57
Hales, Brian C. “Unavailable Genetic Evidence, Multiple Simultaneous Promised Lands, and Lamanites by Location? Possible Ramifications of the Book of Mormon Limited Geography Theory.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 56 (2023): Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 56 (2023): 73-124.
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Abstract: This paper is composed of three parts connected consecutively because their conclusions build upon each other. The first part investigates the transportation methods used in the Book of Mormon, concluding that horse and river travel contributed little and that foot travel dominated all journeying. The second part uses that conclusion to estimate the overall dimensions of the Promised Land by examining Alma the Elder’s journey from Nephi to Zarahemla. This exercise reaffirms the 200-by-500-mile size promoted by John L. Sorenson decades ago. The third part looks at four ramifications of this 100,000 square-mile Promised Land footprint when stamped upon a map of the Western Hemisphere. (1) It allows for more than one Promised Land (occupied by other God-led immigrants) to exist simultaneously in the Americas. (2) It predicts that no matter where the Book of Mormon Promised Land was originally located, most Native Americans today would have few or no direct ties to the Jaredites-Lehites-Mulekites. (3) It demonstrates that research efforts to identify evidence of the Book of Mormon peoples could be exploring locations thousands of miles away from their original settlements. And (4) If any of the post-400 ce localized population losses in the Americas due to disease, war, or unknown causes involved the original Promised Land location, then the primary locus of organic evidence of the existence of the Jaredite-Lehite-Mulekite populations might have been largely destroyed.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; DNA; limited geography model
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [81221]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 105488  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:12
Hales, Laura Harris, ed. A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine & Church History. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
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A Reason for Faith was written to do just as the title implies: provide reasons for faith by offering faithful answers to sincere questions. Before the Internet, historical and doctrinal questions not addressed in LDS Church curriculum were mostly found in the scholarly articles of academic journals. This is no longer the case. These topics are now widely debated and discussed online and in other forums. And when members of the LDS Church come across information that is unfamiliar, they may feel surprise, fear, betrayal, or even anger. Respected LDS scholars have teamed with Laura Harris Hales to offer help in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History. Together these authors have spent an average of 25 years researching these topics. Their depth of knowledge and faith enables them to share reliable details, perspective, and context to both LDS doctrine and Church history. The information in these essays can begin an exciting process of discovery for readers as they learn from a source they can trust. Each chapter is engaging and thought-provoking, providing an invaluable resource for both the merely curious and the seriously concerned. ISBN 978-1-9443-9401-1

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
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Articles

Hales, Laura Harris. “Prologue.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34618]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Bushman, Richard Lyman. “Joseph Smith and Money Digging.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34619]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:18
Harper, Steven C. “Remembering the First Vision.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34620]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Gardner, Brant A. “Translating the Book of Mormon.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34621]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Gardner, Brant A. “Anachronisms in the Book of Mormon.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34622]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Baugh, Alexander L. “The Testimonies of the Book of Mormon Witnesses.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34623]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Barney, Ronald O. “The Restoration of the Priesthoods.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34624]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Jackson, Kent P. “Isaiah in the Book of Mormon.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
ID = [34625]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,old-test,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Muhlestein, Kerry. “The Explanation-Defying Book of Abraham.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34626]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  abraham,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Bradley, Don, and Mark Ashurst-McGee. “The Kinderhook Plates.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34627]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Hales, Brian C., and Laura Harris Hales. “The Practice of Polygamy.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34628]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Hales, Brian C. “Joseph Smith’s Practice of Plural Marriage.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34629]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:18
Harper, Steven C. “Freemasonry and the Latter-day Saint Temple Endowment Ceremony.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34630]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Reeve, W. Paul. “Race, the Priesthood, and Temples.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34631]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Perego, Ugo A. “Finding Lehi in America through DNA Analysis.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34632]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
McBaine, Neylan. “Latter-Day Saint Women in the Twenty-First Century.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34633]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Mansfield, Ty. “Homosexuality and the Gospel.” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34634]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Bailey, David H. “Science and Religion: Friends or Foes?” In A Reason for Faith, ed. Laura H. Hales. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2016.
ID = [34635]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:47:27
Hales, Robert D. “Celestial Marriage—A Little Heaven on Earth.” Devotional, Brigham Young University, November 9, 1976.
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Keywords: Love; Marriage; Collection: Marriage and Love; Podcast: Marriage & Love; Inspiring Short: We' ll Ascend Together
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [68476]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1976-11-09  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:20
Hales, Robert D. “In Remembrance of Jesus.” Delivered at the Saturday Afternoon Session of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1997.
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Jesus is the great Mediator. Through omnipotent and omniscient, all-powerful and all-knowing, He is our friend.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Omni
ID = [18229]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1997-10-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 4060  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:06
Hales, Robert D. “‘This Is the Way; and There Is None Other Way’” Devotional, Brigham Young University, January 10, 1982.
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I add my testimony to that of Nephi. I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ and that this is the way.

Keywords: Gospel; Responsibility; Podcast: Classic Speeches
ID = [68657]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1982-01-10  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:21
Hales, Robert E., and Sandra L. Hales. A Standard unto My People: How to Hiss Forth with the Book of Mormon. 2 vols. Orange, CA: Seven Up Publishing, 1990-91.
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A guide for parents on how to teach their children about the doctrinal concepts in the Book of Mormon. Book of Mormon concepts are supported with scriptural references from the standard works of the LDS church. This work is reviewed in P.068.

ID = [77455]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Hales, Robert Lee. “A Book of Mormon Course of Study for Indian Students in Released-Time Seminaries.” M.R.E. thesis, Brigham Young University, 1963.
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Presents Book of Mormon lesson outlines and commentary to American Indian students with a limited vocabulary or insufficient reading skills.

ID = [78849]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 1963-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:45
Hales, Robert E., and Sandra L. Hales. A Standard unto My People: How to Hiss Forth with the Book of Mormon. 2 vols. Orange, CA: Seven Up Publishing, 1990-91.
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A guide for parents on how to teach their children about the doctrinal concepts in the Book of Mormon. Book of Mormon concepts are supported with scriptural references from the standard works of the LDS church. This work is reviewed in P.068.

ID = [77455]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Hall, Brent. “Chris Meimerdinger, Gadiantons and the Silver Sword: A Novel.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 49.
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Review of Gadiantons and the Silver Sword: A Novel (1991), by Chris Heimerdinger.

ID = [124]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 3124  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Hall, Enos T. The Mormon Bible: A Fabrication and a Stupendous Fraud, Its Condemnation of Polygamy. Columbus: Heer, 1899.
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Among the anachronistic elements discussed are Book of Mormon statements regarding animals, the Lamanite curse, condemnation of polygamy, large numbers of war casualties, and the great destructions at the time of Christ’s visit to the American continent. The author advocates a Spaulding origin for the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78570]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1899-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:43
Ponczoch, Joseph, John F. Hall, and John W. Welch. “Overview.” In Apostles and Bishops in Early Christianity, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, vol. 15. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2005.
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Keywords: Sermon; Sermon at the Temple; Sermon on the Mount
Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Christian History, Apostasy, Early Christianity
ID = [2207]  Status = Type = book chapter  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,nibley,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:47
Hall, John Franklin. “The Olive in Greco-Roman Religion.” In The Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, the Bible, and Jacob 5, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and John W. Welch, 248-261. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1994.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Olive; Religion; Symbolism
ID = [75489]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:20
Hall, Manly Palmer. “Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon—A Survey and an Appraisal.” Long Beach, CA: n.p., 1953.
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Compares Joseph Smith to Mohammed. Notes that the anthropological data in the Book of Mormon does not likely reflect Jacksonian America. Discusses the characters from the plates and Joseph Smith’s supposed authorship. “I think the fact remains that the Book of Mormon is more or less difficult to explain because it has remarkable internal homogeneity”

ID = [77930]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 1953-01-01  Collections:  bom,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:25
Hall, Randall L. “Laman Struggles Towards Morning.” BYU Studies 30, no. 3 (1990): 110.
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Poetry. No abstract available

Keywords: Laman (Son of Lehi); Poetry
ID = [10105]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1990-01-03  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,byu-studies  Size: 1008  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:54:07
Hall-Kenyon, Kendra M. “Finding Strength in the Lord.” Devotional, Brigham Young University, September 27, 2022.
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Whether it is a no-problem day or we are in the midst of an intensive period of testing and trial in our lives, we can find strength in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Keywords: Adversity; Covenants; Jesus Christ; Patience; Strength; Trust; Collection: Jesus Christ; Our Savior and Redeemer; Collection: Overcoming Adversity; Podcast: Recent Speeches
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [70297]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2022-09-27  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:08:05
Hallen, Cynthia L. “Beauty on the Mountains: Inspiration from the Book of Mormon for LDS Writers.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 104-107.
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The Book of Mormon provides many good examples to Latter-day Saint writers of how to magnify their work. By following the patterns of the Book of Mormon, writers can understand what to emphasize and how to include the Spirit in their writing.

Keywords: Beauty; Example; Holy Ghost; Holy Spirit; Inspiration
ID = [3162]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 14996  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Hallen, Cynthia L. “Feasting upon the Works: A Tribute to John L. Sorenson.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 2 (2000): 181-184.
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Review of Mormons, Scriptures, and the Ancient World: Studies in Honor of John L. Sorenson (1998), edited by Davis Bitton

Keywords: Ancient America; Asherah; Early Church History; Education; Festschrift; Kingship; Mesoamerica; Missionary Work; Native Americans; Tree of Life
ID = [366]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 9709  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Hallen, Cynthia L. “The Lord’s Covenant of Kindness: Isaiah 54 and 3 Nephi 22.” In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 313—49. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
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A linguistic analysis of the symbol of a barren woman associated with Zion, the earth, and the Lord’s servants

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
ID = [67052]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Hallen, Cynthia L. “Redeeming the Desolate Woman: The Message of Isaiah 54 and 3 Nephi 22.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 40-47, 70-71.
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Third Nephi 22 (quoting Isaiah 54) addresses a desolate woman who will be redeemed in the latter days. The desolate woman represents Zion, which itself signifies the city of Enoch in ancient times, the hill where the temple was built in Jerusalem, the celestial city of God, the kingdom of God on earth, and a covenant community of temple-worthy Saints. The Lord promises to relieve the desolation of Zion felt through barrenness, lack of a permanent home, and being forsaken and persecuted. The destiny of Zion parallels the pattern of Noah—both remain faithful to their covenants and witness a cleansing of the earth. The Savior serves as Zion’s husband. The servants of the Lord are equated with Zion—the Lord will not allow oppressors to be successful against Zion. The Lord promises to redeem Zion as he sings a song of redeeming love.

Keywords: City of Enoch; Symbolism; Temple; Womenhood; Zion
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
Old Testament Topics > Women in the Old Testament
ID = [2979]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms,old-test  Size: 23836  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Hallen, Cynthia L. “What’s in a Word?” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10 no. 1 (2001).
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This article explains the benefits of studying specific words in the context of the Book of Mormon. Focusing on the origin of a word provides additional meaning and insight to a particular verse of scripture and helps the reader better understand the intended meaning of the author.

ID = [3061]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 19766  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Hallen, Cynthia L. “What’s in a Word? Tender and Chaste and Delicate Feelings Are Pleasing to the Lord.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 1 (2002).
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The word tender is used repeatedly throughout the Book of Mormon, but the modern connotations of the term may skew readers’ understanding of what Book of Mormon authors intended to convey when employing it in their writing. By examining the etymology of tender and the etymologies of similar words, readers can better comprehend the intended meaning of the ancient Book of Mormon authors.

ID = [3092]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 16565  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Hallen, Cynthia L., and Josh Sorenson. “What’s in a Word?: Pairs and Merisms in 3 Nephi.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 13 no. 1 (2004).
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Cynthia Hallen invited students in her History of the English Language course to search for conjoined word pairs in the scriptures as a term project. They searched for pairs of words linked with conjunctions in order to better understand the meaning of selected set expressions in the King James Bible and the Book of Mormon. Hallen summarizes and comments on their research.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
ID = [3149]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 31770  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Hallen, Cynthia L. “What’s in a Word?: The Language of Scriptures.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12 no. 2 (2003).
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A two-pronged approach to studying the scriptures emphasizes language as well as doctrine. Some typical syntactic structures that appear in 19th-century Book of Mormon English include word-order variation, interruption, parenthesis, ellipsis, fragment, conjunctions, and parallel structure.

ID = [3130]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 18562  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Halter, Doris M. “Mormon Literature of the Nineteenth Century.” M.A. thesis, New York University, September 1946.
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A perfunctory discussion on the unique LDS scriptures. Devotes a chapter to the Spaulding manuscript, concluding that proper names and writing style in that romance have affinities with the Book of Mormon.

ID = [79802]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 1946-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Halverson, Jared M. “‘Extravagant Fictions’: The Book of Mormon in the Antebellum Popular Imagination.” Master’s thesis, Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University, 2012.
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Ever since rumors of a Golden Bible began circulating in the late 1820s, the Book of Mormon has occupied a singular place in the American popular imagination. It has been revered as scripture by Latter-day Saints and condemned as imposture by anti-Mormons for nearly two centuries, but what of Americas more moderate majority? Especially in the earliest days of its presence in print, how was the Book of Mormon seen by ordinary Americans, and what do their perceptions reveal about their day? This study analyzes the place of the Book of Mormon in the antebellum popular imagination as revealed through the lens of humor. A surprising number of the books early observers found something unmistakably humorous about its content and story of origin, and assumed that it was a piece of imaginative fiction. In expressing their views of the Mormon scripture, often in comic ways, they revealed much about the social and religious values they espoused, the cultural incongruities with which they were grappling, and the underlying assumptions that were being shaped in part by a uniquely American humor. Sounding a natural resonance with many of Americas comic chords, the Book of Mormon quickly achieved a certain cultural currency that was recognized by both humorists and polemicists, who often exploited humors rhetorical power. In the process, the Book of Mormon became and has remained a mythic presence in the national imagination.

Keywords: Humor; Book of Mormon, miscellaneous; Book of Mormon; Literary arts, fiction; Book of Mormon, American setting
ID = [81554]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Halverson, Jared M. “Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision as Apocalyptic Literature.” In The Things Which My Father Saw, eds. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2011.
Topics:    RSC Topics > Q — S > Revelation
ID = [35261]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry  Size: 41712  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:47
Halverson, Jared M. “The Way, the Truth, and the Way to Truth: Harmony in Pursuit of Orthodoxy.” In I Glory in My Jesus: Understanding Christ in the Book of Mormon, eds. Hilton, John, III, Nicholas J. Frederick, Mark D. Ogletree, and Krystal V. L. Pierce. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2023.
ID = [81593]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Halverson, Sandy. Book of Mormon Activity Book. Bountiful, UT: Horizon, 1982.
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Book of Mormon oriented exercises designed for children. Includes mazes, scrambled words, and fill in the blanks.

ID = [77585]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1982-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:35
Halverson, Taylor. “1 Nephi 12-14. Nephi’s Grand Vision.” The Interpreter Foundation website. January 9, 2016.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [4977]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-01-09  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 18764  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Halverson, Taylor. “2 Nephi 1. Resurrecting Deep Sleepers.” The Interpreter Foundation website. February 6, 2016.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
ID = [4979]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-02-06  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 7681  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Halverson, Taylor. “2 Nephi 6-10. Jacob’s Masterful Discourse.” The Interpreter Foundation website. February 6, 2016.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
ID = [4980]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-02-06  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 20751  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Halverson, Taylor. “3 Nephi 17-19. Christ’s Visit to the Americas.” The Interpreter Foundation website. October 9, 2016.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
ID = [4984]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-10-09  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 12929  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Halverson, Taylor. “3 Nephi 7. A Reflection Upon Human Unrighteousness.” The Interpreter Foundation website. October 9, 2016.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
ID = [4985]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-10-09  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 3654  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Halverson, Taylor. “The Covenant Path in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.” Paper presented at the 2020 FairMormon Conference. August, 2020.
ID = [32684]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2020-08-01  Collections:  bom,fair-conference  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:48
Halverson, Taylor. “Covenant Patterns in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon.” In BMAF-BMC Book of Mormon Conference. Provo, UT: Book of Mormon Central , 2017.
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Taylor Halverson presents Covenant Patterns in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon

Keywords: Ancient Near East, Covenant, King David, Kingship, Old Testament
ID = [76673]  Status = Type = conference paper  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:28
Halverson, Taylor. “Deuteronomy 17:14–20 as Criteria for Book of Mormon Kingship.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 24 (2017): 1-10.
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Abstract: Deuteronomy 17:14–20 represents the most succinct summation in the Bible of criteria for kingship. Remarkably, the Book of Mormon narrative depicts examples of kingship that demonstrate close fidelity to the pattern set forth in Deuteronomy 17 (e.g., Nephi, Benjamin, or Mosiah II) or the inversion of the expected pattern of kingship (e.g., king Noah). Future research on Book of Mormon kingship through the lens of Deuteronomy 17:14–20 should prove fruitful.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Old Testament Scriptures > Deuteronomy
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Words of Mormon
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [3701]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal,old-test  Size: 18378  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:58
Halverson, Taylor. “Jacob 1-4. Seek the Kingdom of God.” The Interpreter Foundation website. March 5, 2016.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
ID = [4981]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-03-05  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 16952  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Welch, John W., David J. Larsen, Neal Rappleye, Stephen O. Smoot, and Taylor Halverson. Knowing Why: 137 Evidences that the Book of Mormon is True. American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2017.
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“A KnoWhy is a short essay… about some brief historical, archaeological, cultural, linguistic, literary, legal, devotional, or prophetic insight in the Book of Mormon. Individually, these pieces are about very specific topics: knowing why Nephi wrote in Egyptian (chapter 5), knowing why Jacob talked about polygamy (chapter 64), knowing why Abinadi was ’scourged’ with faggots (chapter 93), or knowing why Alma would talk about Melchizedek (chapter 117). In many cases, we profess less-than-definitive answers, but rather offer some reasons for why these things might be as they are in the Book of Mormon. As a collective body, these KnoWhys provide more than possible answers to specific questions. Combined, they are about knowing why the Book of Mormon is amazing, knowing why it is beautiful, knowing why it speaks to our hearts and minds so powerfully, knowing why it is so uniquely inspiring, and ultimately knowing why the Book of Mormon is true in so many ways.” [Editors]

Keywords: Book of Mormon, commentaries; Book of Mormon, importance of; Book of Mormon, miscellaneous; Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon, evidence
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [81537]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Halverson, Taylor. “Mosiah 12-16. Martyr in Disguise.” The Interpreter Foundation website. May 11, 2016.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [4983]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-05-11  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 8927  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Halverson, Taylor. “Mosiah 4-6: Children of Christ.” The Interpreter Foundation website. April 12, 2016.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [4982]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-04-12  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 16696  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Halverson, Taylor. “Nephi Wanted to Be a Prophet Like Moses, Not a King Like David.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 59 (2023): Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 59 (2023): 281-292.
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Abstract: While David is frequently held up as the standard for great kings in the Old Testament, examination of Nephi’s writings shows that he sought to imitate Moses the prophet rather than David the king. In fact, he never even mentions David. Relative to two major theological movements in Jerusalem in his day, “Zion theology,” in which David was the great hero, and “Deuteronomistic theology,” in which Moses was the hero, we see that Nephi was more aligned with Deuteronomistic theology, which was also more consistent with views in the Northern Kingdom, where Nephi’s ancestry originated.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; David; kingship; Moses; Nephi; prophet
ID = [81883]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 23212  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Halverson, Taylor. “Nephi’s Gethsemane: Seventeen Comparisons from the Literary Record.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 46 (2021): 1-14.
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Abstract: This note explores a literary comparison between Nephi’s confronting of Laban and shrinking from the act of shedding blood, to Jesus’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane of shrinking from the act of shedding blood. Comparing these two stories suggests that we can profitably read Nephi’s experience with Laban as Nephi’s personal Gethsemane.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [3380]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 26198  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:56
Halverson, Taylor. “‘O How Great the Goodness of Our God’ 2 Nephi 6-10.” The Interpreter Foundation website. July 5, 2013.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
ID = [4976]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2013-07-05  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 20712  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:05
Halverson, Taylor. “The Origin and Purpose of the Book of Mormon Phrase ‘If Ye Keep My Commandments Ye Shall Prosper in the Land’” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 46 (2021): 201-208.
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Abstract: We are told in the Title Page of the Book of Mormon that the Book of Mormon was revealed in our day “to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever.” Hence, the covenantal context, structure, and logic of the Book of Mormon demand further consideration, exploration, and elucidation. A prosperous starting point is the phrase “If ye keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land.” This covenantal phrase is used throughout the Book of Mormon as a summary of the theological logic of the suzerain-vassal treaty covenant type in which God sought to secure the fidelity of his people, who would receive in exchange continued prosperity in His appointed promised lands.

ID = [3388]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 17018  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:56
Halverson, Taylor. “Reading 1 Nephi With Wisdom.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 22 (2016): 279-293.
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Abstract: Nephi is the prototypical wise son of the Wisdom tradition. As Proverbs advocates that a wise man cherishes the word of God, so Nephi cherishes the words of the wise. Nephi’s record begins with a declaration of his upbringing in the Wisdom tradition and his authenticity and reliability as a wise son and scribe (1 Nephi 1:1–3). His is a record of the learning of the Jews — a record of wisdom. If the Wisdom tradition is a foundation for Nephi’s scribal capabilities and outlook, perhaps the principles and literary skills represented by the scribal Wisdom tradition constitute the “learning of the Jews” that Nephi references so early in his account. Thus, if Nephi’s is a record of the learning of the Jews — a record of wisdom — we would be wise to read it with Wisdom — that is, through the lens of ancient Israelite and Middle Eastern Wisdom traditions.
Wisdom cries out [from the dust]”
(Proverbs 1:20).

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [3729]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 37200  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:59
Halverson, Taylor. “‘Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon’ D&C 16-23.” The Interpreter Foundation website. November 29, 2013.
ID = [5157]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2013-11-29  Collections:  bom,d-c,interpreter-website  Size: 13518  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:37
Halverson, Taylor. “Why Did Northern Israel Fall to the Assyrians? A Weberian Proposal.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 30 (2018): 163-178.
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Abstract: This article is centered on possible causes for the fall of Israel and, secondarily, Judah. The topic is not new. The very destruction of these ancient kingdoms may be the cause for the production of much of the Biblical literature that drives our interpretive enterprise. My proposal is that Max Weber’s socio-political theories of power and domination, sometimes called the tripartite classification of authority, may provide a fruitful lens by which to understand some of the reasons Judah persisted for more than a century after the fall of Israel. Specifically, I wish to investigate whether the lack of routinization of charismatic authority was a contributing factor in Israel’s fall.
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Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Deuteronomy
Old Testament Scriptures > 1 & 2 Samuel
Old Testament Scriptures > 1 & 2 Kings/1 & 2 Chronicles
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3612]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal,old-test  Size: 36288  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:58
Ham, Wayne. “Problems in Interpreting the Book of Mormon as History.” Courage: A Journal of History, Thought and Action 1 (September 1970): 15-22.
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In this environmentalist approach to the Book of Mormon the author believes that it is difficult to treat the Book of Mormon as an ancient historical document. Alleged problems extant in the Book of Mormon listed by the author include: the explicit mention of the name of Jesus Christ before Jesus’ ministry in Palestine, similarities with the Bible, the Deutero-Isaiah problem, anachronistic mention of synagogues, Greek names, pre-Christian baptism, domesticated animals, Old World crops in America, and textual changes. The writer therefore espouses a “nonliteral view of the Book of Mormon”

ID = [80005]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1970-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:02
Ham, Wayne. “A Textual Comparison of the Isaiah Passages in the Book of Mormon with the Same Passages in the St. Mark’s Isaiah Scroll of the Dead Sea Community.” M.A. thesis, Brigham Young University, 1961.
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A textual comparison between the Isaiah texts in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78940]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 1961-01-01  Collections:  bom,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Ham, Wayne A. “Problems in Interpreting the Book of Mormon as History.” Courage 1 (1970): 15-22.
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Keywords: Book of Mormon
ID = [82069]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1970-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “An Apologist for the Critics: Brent Lee Metcalfe’s Assumptions and Methodologies.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): 434-523.
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Review of “Apologetic and Critical Assumptions about Book of Mormon Historicity” (1993), by Brent Lee Metcalfe.

Keywords: Apologetics; Criticism; Historicity
ID = [176]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 178546  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Hamblin, William J. “Armor in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 400-424. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Warfare; armor
ID = [82145]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2, no. 1 (1993): 161-197.
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Anti-Mormon criticisms of the Book of Mormon are frequently based on a questionable set of assumptions concerning the nature of historical and archaeological evidence, the role of governing presuppositions, and the nature of historical proof. Using arguments found in a recent anti-Mormon critique by Luke Wilson as a foundation, this article analyzes difficulties of reconstructing ancient geographies, problems with the discontinuity of Mesoamerican toponyms, the historical development of the idea of a limited geography model, and challenges of textual and artifactual interpretation when trying to relate the Book of Mormon to archaeological remains.

Keywords: Ancient America; Archaeology; Assumptions; Book of Mormon Geography; Book of Mormon Geography - Limited Geography; Evidence; Interpretation; Mesoamerica; Proof
ID = [2835]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 90302  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Hamblin, William J. “Book of Mormon, History of Warfare in.” In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, vol. 1. New York: Macmillan, 1992.
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Keywords: History, Warfare, Weaponry
ID = [74266]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,eom  Size: 14990  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:08:33
Hamblin, William J. “The Bow and Arrow in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 365-399. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Warfare; Weaponry - Arrow; Weaponry - Bow
ID = [82144]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “Directions in Hebrew, Egyptian, and Nephite Language.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
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Keywords: Ancient America–Mesoamerica; Book of Mormon Geography–Limited Geography Theory; Cardinal Directions; Language–Reformed Egyptisn
ID = [66495]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Hamblin, William J. “Eugene R. Fingerhut, Explorers of Pre-Columbian America?: The Diffusionist-Inventionist Controversy; Ronald H. Fritze, Legend and Lore of the Americas before 1492: An Encyclopedia of Visitors, Explorers, and Immigrants.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 1 (1995): 120-122.
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Review of Explorers of Pre-Columbian America? The Diffusionist-Inventionist Controversy (1994), by Eugene R. Fingerhut; and Legend and Lore of the Americas before 1492: An Encyclopedia of Visitors, Explorers, and Immigrants (1993), by Ronald H. Fritze.

Keywords: Ancient America; Pre-Columbian History
ID = [201]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 6493  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Hamblin, William J. “Handheld Weapons in the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1985.
ID = [8392]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1985-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:56
Hamblin, William J. “The Importance of Warfare in Book of Mormon Studies.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 481-499. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica; Ancient Near East; Economics; Warfare
ID = [82148]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “The Importance of Warfare in Book of Mormon Studies.” In Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins, edited by Noel B. Reynolds, 523-543. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1997.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Scholarship; Warfare
ID = [75481]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:20
Hamblin, William J. “Jacob’s Sermon (2 Nephi 6-10) and the Day of Atonement.” Paper presented at the 2012 Temple on Mount Zion Conference. September 22, 2012.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
ID = [6855]  Status = Type = video  Date = 2012-09-22  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Hamblin, William J. “Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Archaeology and the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 5 (1993): Article 41.
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Review of Archaeology and the Book of Mormon (1972), by Jerald Tanner and Sandra Tanner

ID = [158]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 38266  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Hamblin, William J. “John L. Sorenson and Martin H. Raish, Pre-Columbian Contact with the Americas across the Oceans: An Annotated Bibliography.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3, no. 1 (1991): 154-57.
ID = [80858]  Status = Type = bibliography  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review,sorenson  Size: 9785  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:09
Hamblin, William J. “The Latest Straw Man.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 2 (1995): 82-92.
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The failure of those who reject the historicity of the Book of Mormon to respond cogently to the increasing body of evidence and argument supporting historicity is becoming painfully apparent. Stephen E. Thompson’s recent review of Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6/1 (1994) is one of the most recent examples of this "straw man" approach.

Keywords: 19th Century Literature; Apologetics; Argument; Evidence; Historicity; Straw Man
ID = [2913]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 25405  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Hamblin, William J. “Metal Plates and the Book of Mormon.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 20-22. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Brass Plates; Metallurgy; Subscriptio
ID = [75645]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 5057  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Hamblin, William J. “Nephi’s Bows and Arrows.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
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Keywords: Bow; Nephi’s Broken Bow; Steel; Symbolism; Weaponry
ID = [66454]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Hamblin, William J., and Brent Merrill. “Notes on the Cimeter (Scimitar) in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 360-364. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Metallurgy; Warfare; Weaponry - Cimeter; Weaponry - Scimitar
ID = [82143]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Peterson, Daniel C., Matthew P. Roper, and William J. Hamblin. “On Alma 7:10 and the Birthplace of Jesus Christ.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1995.
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This paper is part of a series of F.A.R.M.S. papers intended to give clear, concise answers to criticisms that have been raised against the Book of Mormon. As can be seen in the footnotes, much is owed to previous researchers who have addressed these criticisms. The foundation wishes to thank Matthew Roper for his help in gathering and summarizing large portions of the raw material for this series of papers. The authors wish to thank Robert Durocher for his help with this paper.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [8562]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports,peterson  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Hamblin, William J. “Reformed Egyptian.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1995.
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In this article William Hamblin responds to critics of the Book of Mormon who claim that there is no language known as reformed Egyptian, a term found in Mormon 9:32. Hamblin reminds readers that reformed Egyptian is a modern term for an ancient language and lists examples of other ancient records written in languages that could also be considered reformed Egyptian.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Answers to Criticisms
ID = [8393]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:56
Hamblin, William J. “Reformed Egyptian.” The FARMS Review 19, no. 1 (2007): Article 7.
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This article discusses the term reformed Egyptian as used in the Book of Mormon. Many critics claim that reformed Egyptian does not exist; however, languages and writing systems inevitably change over time, making the Nephites’ language a reformed version of Egyptian.

ID = [554]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 11137  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Hamblin, William J. “Sacred Writing on Metal Plates in the Ancient Mediterranean.” The FARMS Review 19, no. 1 (2007): 37-54.
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Significant evidence reveals that bronze and other metals were historically used for writing sacred texts. This article uses that information to demonstrate the plausibility that the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi would have followed the same practice.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Metal Plates; Metallurgy; Recordkeeping
ID = [555]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 45166  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Hamblin, William J. “Sharper Than a Two-Edged Sword.” Sunstone 15 (December 1991): 54-55.
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A response to Mark Thomas’s book review of Warfare in the Book of Mormon. It is impossible to prove whether the Book of Mormon is an ancient document or not. The book Warfare was written with the premise that the Book of Mormon is an ancient record, and comparisons of Book of Mormon warfare and Near Eastern military practices are sound. No comparison with warfare in Napoleon’s day or Spaulding’s manuscript is necessary.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [80166]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1991-12-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Hamblin, William J. “The Sôd of YHWH and the Endowment.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 4 (2013): 147-154.
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Abstract: In the Hebrew Bible, the Sôd of God was a council of celestial beings who consulted with God, learned His sôd/secret plan, and then fulfilled that plan. This paper argues that the LDS endowment is, in part, a ritual reenactment of the sôd, where the participants observe the sôd/council of God, learn the sôd/secret plan of God, and covenant to fulfill that plan.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Old Testament Scriptures > 1 & 2 Kings/1 & 2 Chronicles
Old Testament Scriptures > Job
Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Scriptures > Jeremiah/Lamentations
Old Testament Scriptures > Twelve Minor Prophets
ID = [4362]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  abraham,bom,interpreter-journal,old-test  Size: 11454  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:00
Hamblin, William J. “The Sôd of Yhwh and the Endowment.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 38 (2020): 39-46.
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Abstract: Most scholars agree that sôd, when used in relationship to God, refers to the heavenly council, which humans may sometimes visit to learn divine mysteries or obtain a prophetic message to deliver to humankind. Biblical texts on this subject can be compared to passages in Latter-day Saint scripture (e.g., 1 Nephi 1:8-18; Abraham 3:22-23). In this article, William Hamblin succinctly summarizes this concept and argues that the Latter-day Saint temple endowment serves as a ritual and dramatic participation in the divine council of God, through which God reveals to the covenanter details of the plan of salvation — the hidden meaning and purpose of creation and the cosmos.
[Editor’s Note: Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article is reprinted here as a service to the LDS community. Original pagination and page numbers have necessarily changed, otherwise the reprint has the same content as the original.See William J. Hamblin, “The Sôd of Yhwh and the Endowment,” in Ancient Temple Worship: Proceedings of The Expound Symposium 14 May 2011, ed. Matthew B. Brown, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Stephen D. Ricks, and John S. Thompson (Orem, UT: The Interpreter Foundation; Salt Lake City: Eborn Books, 2014), 189–94. Further information at https://interpreterfoundation.org/books/ancient-temple-worship/.].

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Book of Mormon Topics > Doctrines and Teachings > Divine Council
Book of Mormon Topics > General Topics > Temples
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Hamblin, William J. “A Stumble Forward?” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 1, no. 1 (1989): 71-77.
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Review of Deciphering the Geography of the Book of Mormon (1988), by F. Richard Hauck

Keywords: Ancient America; Book of Mormon Geography; Mesoamerica; Methodology
ID = [47]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1989-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 16933  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Hamblin, William J., and Brent Merrill. “Swords in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 329-351. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica; Metallurgy; Warfare; Weaponry; Weaponry – Sword
ID = [82141]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “Time Vindicates Hugh Nibley.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2, no. 1 (1990): 119-127.
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Since 1989, the Review of Books on the Book of Mormon has published review essays to help serious readers make informed choices and judgments about books and other publications on topics related to the Latter-day Saint religious tradition. It has also published substantial freestanding essays that made further contributions to the field of Mormon studies. In 1996, the journal changed its name to the FARMS Review with Volume 8, No 1. In 2011, the journal was renamed Mormon Studies Review.
Review of An Approach to the Book of Mormon (1988), by Hugh Nibley.

Keywords: Ancient America; Ancient Near East; Culture; Methodology; Scholarship
Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Book of Mormon
Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Christian History, Apostasy, Early Christianity
ID = [74]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review,nibley  Size: 20878  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Hamblin, William J. “Vikings, Iron, and the Book of Mormon.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 259-261. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Ancient America; Mesoamerica; Metallurgy; Viking
ID = [75698]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 4327  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Hamblin, William J. “Vindicating Josiah.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 4 (2013): 165-176.
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For an introduction, see Benjamin L. McGuire, “Josiah’s Reform: An Introduction.”
For a counterpoint, see Kevin Christensen, “Prophets and Kings in Lehi’s Jerusalem and Margaret Barker’s Temple Theology”
Abstract: Margaret Barker has written a number of fascinating books on ancient Israelite and Christian temple theology. One of her main arguments is that the temple reforms of Josiah corrupted the pristine original Israelite temple theology. Josiah’s reforms were therefore, in some sense, an apostasy. According to Barker, early Christianity is based on the pristine, original pre-Josiah form of temple theology. This paper argues that Josiah’s reforms were a necessary correction to contemporary corruption of the Israelite temple rituals and theologies, and that the type of temple apostasy Barker describes is more likely associated with the Hasmoneans.

Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Deuteronomy
ID = [4365]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal,old-test  Size: 24462  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:00
Ricks, Stephen D., and William J. Hamblin, eds. Warfare in the Book of Mormon. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book Company, 1990.
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“People may well ask: Why study warfare in the Book of Mormon? There are so many answers, among which are these: to understand better the events in the Book of Mormon, to develop a perspective against which to understand its teachings and messages, to enjoy the interesting lives of a remarkable people, and to aid in assaying the historicity of the book, ” writes John W. Welch at the beginning of Warfare in the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Scholarship; Warfare
ID = [6979]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 895383  Children: 22  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52

Articles

Welch, John W. “Why Study Warfare in the Book of Mormon?” In Warfare In the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 3-24. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
ID = [81060]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:11
Phillips, R. Douglas. “Why Is So Much of the Book of Mormon Given Over to Military Accounts?” In Warfare In the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 25-28. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Book of Mormon wars fulfill Lehi’s prophecies about the terms and conditions for people to remain in the promised land.

ID = [81059]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:11
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “Purpose of the War Chapters in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 29-32. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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This chapter considers the inconsistent amount of detail given to wars in the Book of Mormon, with some important conflicts receiving a mere sentence while several pages are dedicated to less important battles. The author concludes that the wars in the Book of Mormon are intended to prepare us for the spiritual conflict we face in our day.

Keywords: Book of Mormon, use and influence; Book of Mormon; Mormon (Book of Mormon figure)
ID = [82130]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Szink, Terry L. “An Oath of Allegiance in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 35-45. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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“An important element in any military endeavor is the loyalty of the soldiers. Obviously, even the most brilliant military tactics will fail if the troops are unfaithful in fulfilling their duty. Often, to instill this loyalty, an oath of allegiance is administered to recruits. The well-known title-of-liberty episode in Alma 46 of the Book of Mormon includes an interesting example of just such an oath. This paper will examine that oath, drawing upon parallels from the ancient Near East for comparison.” [Author]

Keywords: Book of Mormon, parallels with ancient Near East; Book of Mormon; Moroni (Book of Mormon figure)
ID = [82131]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Welch, John W. “Law and War in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 46-102. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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“The present study explores internally and comparatively several points of interaction between law and war in the Book of Mormon. Within the Book of Mormon, one can observe the effects of war on the normal affairs of Nephite government, the nature of their laws and norms pertaining to the conduct of war itself, and the use of armed forces in maintaining domestic order. One may also compare and contrast the Nephite experience with that of their Israelite relatives.” [Author]

Keywords: Book of Mormon, parallels with ancient Near East; Law and order; Book of Mormon
ID = [82132]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Ricks, Stephen D. “‘Holy War’: The Sacral Ideology of War in the Book of Mormon and in the Ancient Near East.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 103-117. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ammonihah (Polity); Ancient Near East; Law of Moses; Warfare
ID = [82133]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Tvedtnes, John A. “The Sons of Mosiah: Emissaries of Peace.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 118-123. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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This chapter examines missionary work in the Book of Mormon as a means to stop warfare with unbelieving groups. The author cites examples from the missions of the sons of Mosiah, as well as the mission to the Zoramites and the preaching of Nephi and Lehi. In each case, war ceased and prosperity was regained after the gospel was preached to the instigators of war.

Keywords: Missiology; Doctrinal history, peace; Book of Mormon
ID = [82134]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Nibley, Hugh W. “Warfare and the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 127—45. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1990.
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Originally presented at the FARMS Symposium on Warfare, 24 March 1989.
Compares the descriptions of warfare in the Book of Mormon with the writings and axioms of Karl von Clausewitz’s military treatise, Vom Kriege, that served the military as a bible for 150 years and was published in 1833. Descriptions of Book of Mormon warfare match von Clausewitz’s principles very well. Again the internal evidence of the Book of Mormon establishes its accuracy in describing technical subjects unknown to Joseph Smith.

Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > War, Peace
ID = [822]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,nibley  Size: 34609  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:35
Peterson, Daniel C. “The Gadianton Robbers as Guerrilla Warriors.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 146-173. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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This chapter compares the war tactics of the Gadianton robbers in the Book of Mormon to Guerrilla warfare utilized by various groups throughout military history.

Keywords: Doctrinal history, Gadianton robbers; Book of Mormon; Politics, Book of Mormon
ID = [82135]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Peterson, Daniel C. “Notes on ‘Gadianton Masonry’” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 174-224. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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This chapter examines the claims of authors such as Fawn Brodie and David Persuitte that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon as a piece of anti-Masonry literature. It concludes that, while there are similarities between the Gadianton robbers and Freemasons, it cannot be determined that the similarities were intentional. Additionally, the early Saints did not take an anti-Masonry stance or use the Book of Mormon to promote anti-Masonry sentiment.

Keywords: Book of Mormon, anti-Masonry; Book of Mormon, use and influence; Book of Mormon; Freemasonry
ID = [82136]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Warren, Bruce W. “Secret Combinations, Warfare, and Captive Sacrifice in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 225-236. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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This chapter examines similarities between the warfare and war-related rituals of ancient Mesoamericans and of the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon. It draws comparisons between secret combinations and treatment of captive kings in both societies.

Keywords: Mesoamerica; Book of Mormon; Cultural anthropology
ID = [82137]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hilton, Matthew M. F., and Neil J. Flinders. “The Impact of Shifting Cultural Assumptions on the Military Policies Directing Armed Conflict Reported in the Book of Alma.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 237-265. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Lamanite Culture; Nephite Government; Politics; Warfare
ID = [82138]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Merrill, Brent. “Nephite Captains and Armies.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 266-295. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Captain Moroni; Chief Captain; Warfare
ID = [82139]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Tvedtnes, John A. “Book of Mormon Tribal Affiliation and Military Castes.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 296-326. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica; King-Men; Lamanite; Lamanite Culture; Mulekite; Nephite; Nephite Culture; Order of Nehor; People of Ammon; Warfare
ID = [82140]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J., and Brent Merrill. “Swords in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 329-351. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica; Metallurgy; Warfare; Weaponry; Weaponry – Sword
ID = [82141]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hoskisson, Paul Y. “Scimitars, Cimeters! We Have Scimitars! Do We Need Another Cimeter?” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 352-359. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Metallurgy; Warfare; Weaponry - Cimeter; Weaponry - Scimitar
ID = [82142]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J., and Brent Merrill. “Notes on the Cimeter (Scimitar) in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 360-364. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Metallurgy; Warfare; Weaponry - Cimeter; Weaponry - Scimitar
ID = [82143]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “The Bow and Arrow in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 365-399. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Warfare; Weaponry - Arrow; Weaponry - Bow
ID = [82144]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “Armor in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 400-424. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Warfare; armor
ID = [82145]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Sorenson, John L. “Fortifications in the Book of Mormon Account Compared with Mesoamerican Fortifications.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 425-444. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica; Fortifications; Warfare
ID = [82146]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Sorenson, John L. “Seasonality of Warfare in the Book of Mormon and Mesoamerica.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 445-477. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Warfare; Weather
ID = [82147]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “The Importance of Warfare in Book of Mormon Studies.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 481-499. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica; Ancient Near East; Economics; Warfare
ID = [82148]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hamblin, William J. “Warfare in the Book of Mormon.” In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne, 241-248. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.
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The wars and battles described in the Book of Mormon include some of the most detailed narratives of the book. Those accounts provide us with an excellent chance to examine how consistent and complex the text is. Joseph Smith lived in an age of warfare with guns, yet the Book of Mormon displays patterns of warfare that made sense only before gunpowder was used. This can be seen in both the general patterns and in the tiny details of the text. Descriptions of weapons and tactics in the Book of Mormon are definitely ancient. Furthermore, the warfare in the Book of Mormon differs from what we read about in the Bible. It differs in the same way that war in ancient Mesoamerica differed from biblical warfare.

Keywords: Ancient America; Mesoamerica; Strategy; Warfare
ID = [75638]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 15173  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Hamby, Michelle, and Wayne D. Crosby. Donny Osmond Listens to Voices from the Dust, Part 1. Orem, UT: Osmond, 1977.
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A presentation of archaeological finds from North, Central, and South America. Artifacts presented include many from the Padre Carlo Cresa collection, the Metcalf Stone, the Bat Creek Stone, and the Tree of Life Stone.

ID = [77763]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1977-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:36
Hamilton, Kevin S. “The Converting Power of the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, January 2016.
ID = [61327]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 8151  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:01:40
Hammer, G. Stephen. “The Mormons’ Mammoth Pageant.” Ford Times 60 (July 1967): 58-62.
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The Hill Cumorah Pageant, a dramatic reenactment of the events in the Book of Mormon, is reviewed. Details are given concerning the size, location, and quality of the pageant.

ID = [80563]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1967-07-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Hammond, F. Melvin. “The Power of the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, October 1996.
ID = [52620]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1996-10-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 15766  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:05:11
Hammond, Fletcher B. Geography of the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1959, [R]1964.
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Presents information to support the idea that the Book of Mormon lands are located in Central America or Mexico. Suggests that a Hill Cumorah was located both in Palmyra New York and in Central America. A number of maps and diagrams are presented.

ID = [77817]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1964-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:37
Hampton, Brad. “A Traveler in Mesoamerica.” The Witness: Newsletter of the Foundation for Research on Ancient America 77 (Summer 1992): 5-6.
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Many believe Guatemala to be the Land of Nephi. This author felt the spirit of this holy ground. His testimony of Jesus Christ was strengthened as his testimony of the Book of Mormon increased when seeing the ruins of Mesoamerica and the idolatrous worship of the people. The Book of Mormon will bring them to Christ.

ID = [78944]  Status = Type = newsletter article  Date = 1992-07-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Hamson, Robert L. The Signature of God: A Positive Identification of Christ and His Prophets by Computer Wordprints. Solana Beach, CA: Sandpiper Press, 1982.
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Computer analysis of the personal words of Jesus Christ as found in the New Testament and in the revelations of Joseph Smith shows them to be similar, suggesting that Jesus Christ is the author of both of the works mentioned. Hamson also points out that the wordstyles of Christ are different than the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Joseph Smith (who have their own unique writing styles), allowing a positive identification of authorship in a given text. The Book of Mormon is examined and the results showed multiple authorship and that the Book of Mormon wordprints were nowhere near that of Joseph Smith or his contemporaries.

ID = [78645]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1982-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:43
Hancock, G. B. Mormonism Exposed; Joseph Smith an Imposter and the Book of Mormon a Fraud. Marionville, MO: Doggett, 1902.
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A polemical work against Mormonism and the Book of Mormon. Author believes that the Book of Mormon contradicts the Bible, both doctrinally and scripturally; there is no archaeological evidence for the Book of Mormon, the Anthon account is discredited, and no proper names in the Book of Mormon can be found in Central America.

ID = [78061]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1902-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Hancock, Pauline. The Book of Mormon: What Is It? Do We Need It?. Independence, MO: Hancock, n.d.
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A polemical defense of the Book of Mormon by a member of the Church of Christ.

ID = [78434]  Status = Type = book  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:41
Hancock, Pauline. Do You Know What the Book of Mormon Teaches?. Independence, MO: Hancock,n.d.
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An informative tract that presents doctrines taught in the Book of Mormon, written by a member of the Church of Christ.

ID = [77754]  Status = Type = book  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:36
Hancock, Pauline. Whence Came the Book of Mormon. Independence, MO: 1958.
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The Book of Mormon is from God and its teachings are harmonious with the Bible. The grammatical and editorial changes in the Book of Mormon deny the power of God and corrupt the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78770]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1958-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Hancock, Ralph C. “H. Verlan Anderson. The Book of Mormon and the Constitution and Brad E. Hainsworth. If Men Were Angels: The Book of Mormon, Christ and the Constitution.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 2 (1997): Article 3.
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Review of The Book of Mormon and the Constitution (1995), by H. Verlan Andersen; and If Men Were Angels: The Book of Mormon, Christ and the Constitution (1995), by Brad E. Hainsworth.

ID = [274]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 23187  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Hancock, Ralph C. “Nephi’s Obsession, Or, How to Talk with Nephi about God.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 41 (2020): 131-144.
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Review of Joseph M. Spencer, 1 Nephi: A Brief Theological Introduction (Provo, UT: The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2020). 146 pages. $9.99 (paperback).
Abstract: Joseph Spencer’s intimate familiarity with the Book of Mormon text, based upon years of close textual study and informed by a well- developed theological sensibility, is in full evidence in this lead-off volume in Neal A. Maxwell Institute’s new series of books on the various books of the Book of Mormon. Leaving to prophets and apostles the responsibility for “declaring official doctrine,” this new series approaches the book with the tools of the “scholarly practice” of theology. In Spencer’s case at least, his practice is understood to be (1) informed by an emphasis on grace that is skeptical of claims of personal righteousness and (2) very much engaged with contemporary moral and social issues grounded in a fundamental concern for “equality.” Accordingly, Spencer’s reading is much more interested in “what God is doing in history with what we call the Abrahamic covenant” than with the more popular (non-scholarly) concerns of “everyday faithful living;” it is also more interested in Nephi’s “realistic” and “mature” regret over his youthful over-boldness than in his confident statements of righteous faith. In the end, Spencer’s extremely careful but theologically tendentious reading alerts us very skillfully to certain features of Nephi’s imperfect humanity but reveals a consistent preoccupation with any possible faults in the prophet that might be extracted from an ingenious reading of the text. Finally, concerning women in the Book of Mormon, Spencer again expertly raises provocative questions about barely heard female voices but is too eager to frame these questions from the standpoint of the “modern sensibility” of “sexual egalitarianism.”.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Book of Mormon Topics > Criticisms and Apologetics > Book Reviews
ID = [3452]  Status = Checked by JA Type = journal article  Date = 2020-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 30921  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:56
Hancock, Ralph C. “The Summary of ’42, or Alma’s Reply to Ivan.” Tangents 4 (Spring 1976): 87-90.
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In Alma 42, Alma is explaining God’s just treatment of sinners. His explanation can be applied to modern questions regarding God’s justice, as in Alber Camus’s book The Rebel, wherein Dostoievski’s Ivan Karamazov thinks God is unjust not to save everyone and he (Ivan) refuses to be saved without the damned.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [80660]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1976-04-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Hancock, Ralph C. “To Really Read the Book of Mormon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 1 (2012): 191-195.
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Review of Grant Hardy. Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. xix + 346 pp., with index. $29.95.

ID = [4397]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 7445  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:52:01
Hand, Wayland Debs. “The Three Nephites in Popular Tradition.” Southern Folklore Quarterly 2 (September 1938): 123-29.
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Recounts legendary stories concerning the three Book of Mormon Nephite apostles who were given power over death until the return of Jesus Christ in the last days.

ID = [80673]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1938-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Handley, George B. “On the Moral Risks of Reading Scripture.” In Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah: 2 Nephi 26-27, edited by Spencer, Joseph M., and Webb, Jenny. Sheffield, UK: Salt Press, 2016.
ID = [81838]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Handley, George B. “Reading and the Menardian Paradox in 3 Nephi.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 26 (2017).
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In the Old World Jesus taught, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6), yet in the New World he says, “Blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost” (3 Nephi 12:6). Attention, understandably, has been given to the differences, large and small, between the Sermon on the Mount as recounted in the New Testament and the similar sermon given in the New World. At times, we note slight shifts in emphasis (here in the New World, for example, Jesus makes this promise to “all”), more complete understandings (we are filled specifically with the influence of the Holy Ghost), and so on. And these differences raise compelling questions about the possibility that plain and precious truths were lost in translation in the Bible but are restored again in the Book of Mormon. The differences might also suggest the importance of a shifting context that moves Jesus to vary his speech. One wonders if one version is more authoritative than the other. But there is an additional question the two accounts of Christ’s sermon raise. What do readers make of the fact that in most cases the wording is exactly coincident? What might that signify?

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
ID = [81895]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Hanks, Marion D. “Alone in the Moonlight.” Improvement Era 64, no. 4 (1961): 238-239, 262.
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This article states that experiencing soul satisfying circumstances is better when one is not alone. Sharing such experiences with loved ones increases the satisfaction, as is exemplified in the Book of Mormon. Examples of such phenomena include Lehi, who tastes of the fruit of the Tree of Life and desires to share; Enos, who prays for his brethren; and the sons of Mosiah and Alma, who shared their experiences as missionaries following their conversion.

Keywords: Alma the Younger, Enos (Son of Jacob), Lehi (Prophet), Lehi',s Dream, Missionary Work, Relationships, Sons of Mosiah, Tree of Life
ID = [76970]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1961-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Hanks, Marion D. Book of Mormon Lessons, First Half. Private, 197?.
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Provides an outline for studying the Book of Mormon from 1 Nephi through the Book of Alma. Gives a summary of each section and a list of “vital lessons” that may be learned, i.e., the mysteries of God, purpose of the Book of Mormon, tree of life, etc.

ID = [77626]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1970-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:35
Hanks, Marion D., and Elaine Cannon. “Era of Youth.” Improvement Era 68, no. 11 (1965): 1041-1052.
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This article tells youth that they can find answers in the scriptures and uses stories and quotes from the Book of Mormon and the Bible to show this.

Keywords: Scripture Study
ID = [76858]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1965-11-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Hanks, Marion D. “Hard to Be Understood.” Improvement Era 64, no. 8 (1961): 586-587.
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This article affirms that the only way to clearly understand the great teachings and doctrines of the Book of Mormon is through the Holy Spirit. Science, study, and pure human intellectual pursuits, without God’s spirit, will not adequately relay the full message of the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Gift of the Holy Ghost, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Testimony
ID = [76994]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1961-08-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Hanks, Marion D. “‘I, Johnny, Parent-to-be.’” Improvement Era 64, no. 2 (1961): 97, 113.
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This article discusses how, although being born of “goodly parents” (1 Nephi 1:1) is an ideal situation, not all children have this opportunity and privilege. However, everyone may become “goodly parents” to their own children in ways that the Book of Mormon teaches.

Keywords: Children, Family, Love, Parent, Parenthood
ID = [76843]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1961-02-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Hanks, Marion D. “Lessons for Living.” Improvement Era 64, no. 1 (1961): 26-27.
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This article discusses some of the many rewarding approaches to the Book of Mormon. One can approach the Book of Mormon historically, through the external evidence, through its marvelous theological teachings, and through its application to life.

Keywords: Book of Mormon, Book of Mormon Historicity, External Evidence, Scripture Study
ID = [77162]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1961-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Hanks, Marion D. “Mormon: Compiler of the Book of Mormon, Author, Soldier, Man of God.” Improvement Era 71, no. 4 (1968): 13-14.
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This article is a biographical sketch of Mormon, who served as prophet, editor, soldier, and author.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Authorship, Book of Mormon Historicity, Mormon (Prophet)
ID = [77045]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1968-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Hanks, Marion D. “Steps to Learning.” In BYU Speeches of the Year (4 May 1960). Provo, UT: BYU Press.
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Quoting an Episcopalian prayer book, the author gives “five steps to wisdom”—read, hear, mark, learn, and digest. Application of the five steps should be made to the Book of Mormon, so that one’s love of the book will grow.

ID = [81082]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1960-05-04  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:11
Hanks, Marion D. “Travels between Nephi and Zarahemla.” Instructor 102 (September 1967): 372-73, 376.
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In this response to the criticism that Joseph Smith authored the Book of Mormon, Hanks claims that the Book is so intricate, with numerous migrations, expeditions, flashbacks, interpolations, and other plot complexities, that it would have been amazing for an untutored boy to have written it. He includes a chart of travels between Zarahemla and the land of Nephi.

ID = [80743]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1967-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Hanks, Marion D. “Understanding and Explaining the Book of Mormon.” N.p.: n.p., 197?.
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A one-page handout that discusses different approaches to studying the Book of Mormon—relate the Book of Mormon to the Bible, study external evidences, consider the theology, and find the “life lessons” in the book.

ID = [78743]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 1970-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Hanks, Marion D. “Why Are They Not Chosen?” Improvement Era 65, no. 4 (1962): 260-261.
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This article discusses how Alma 31:16-18 contains the prayer offered by the apostate Zoramites. They declare themselves the chosen and elect of God. 1 Nephi 1:20 tells us that the chosen are such because of their faith. Alma adds repentance and good works to faith (Alma 13:1, 3-4, 10). “The Lord chooses those who in faith choose him!”

Keywords: Discipleship, Faith, Good Works, Repentance, Zoramites (Nephite Apostate Group)
ID = [76938]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1962-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Hansen, Eric. “I Asked, He Answered.” New Era 22, no. 9 (1992): 23.
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A story of a young man who took Moroni’s challenge (Moroni 10:3-5). After he prayed, the Spirit manifested the truth of the Book of Mormon to him.

Keywords: Moroni',s Promise, Prayer, Scripture Study
ID = [76615]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1992-09-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:28
Hansen, Eric. “I Asked, He Answered.” New Era 22 (September 1992): 23.
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A story of a young man who took Moroni’s challenge (Moroni 10:3-5). After he prayed, the Spirit manifested the truth of the Book of Mormon to him.

ID = [79558]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1992-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Hansen, Gerald, Jr. “The Book of Alma as a Prototype for Teaching the Word of God.” In The Book of Mormon: Alma, the Testimony of the Word, eds. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
RSC Topics > A — C > Conversion
RSC Topics > L — P > Missionary Work
RSC Topics > T — Z > Teaching the Gospel
ID = [36792]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 34470  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Hansen, Gerald, Jr. “Gathering to the Temple: Teachings of the Second Day.” In The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9–30, This Is My Gospel, eds. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1993.
Topics:    RSC Topics > T — Z > Temples
ID = [36746]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 24726  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:59
Hansen, Gerald, Jr. “Preparing for the Judgment.” In The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, ed. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr., 95–104. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1995.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Book of Mormon
RSC Topics > G — K > Judgment
RSC Topics > L — P > Prophets
ID = [36715]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 22346  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:58
Hansen, Gerald, Jr. “The Terrifying Book of Helaman.” In The Book of Mormon: Helaman Through 3 Nephi 8, According To Thy Word, ed. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 163–176. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Helaman
ID = [36805]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 27448  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Hansen, Gorge H., and Alvah Fitzgerald. “A History of American Indian Origin Theories.” N.p: n.p.,n.d.
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Reprint from Utah Academy of Science 8 (July 1, 1931): 1-32. Discusses theories of the origin of the American Indian: the Atlantis Theory and the Israelitish or Lost Ten Tribe and Hebrew Theory. The most challenging is the Book of Mormon theory.

ID = [77420]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Hansen, Hans H. What the Book of Mormon Means to Me. Hammond, IN: Church of Christ, 1970.
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A tract in which the author bears testimony about the value of the Book of Mormon and provides comments about secret oaths and priesthood.

ID = [78768]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1970-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Hansen, Harold I. “America’s Witness for Christ: Based on the Book of Mormon.” N.p., 1958.
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Contains the script to the Hill Cumorah pageant.

ID = [77494]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 1958-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:35
Hilton, John, III, Ryan H. Sharp, Bradley R. Wilcox, and Jaron Hansen. “Gentiles in the Book of Mormon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 33 (2019): 267-288.
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Abstract: The word Gentiles appears 141 times in the Book of Mormon (the singular Gentile appears only five times.) It appears more frequently than key words such as baptize, resurrection, Zion, and truth. The word Gentiles does not appear with equal frequency throughout the Book of Mormon; in fact, it appears in only five of its fifteen books: 1 Nephi, 2 Nephi, 3 Nephi, Mormon, and Ether. Additionally, Book of Mormon speakers did not say Gentiles evenly. Some speakers said the word much less often than we might expect while others used it much more. Nephi1 used Gentiles the most (43 times), and Christ Himself used it 38 times. In addition to analyzing which speakers used the word, this study shows distinctive ways in which Book of Mormon speakers used this word.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3568]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 46455  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:57
Hilton, John, III, Sunny Hendry Hafen, and Jaron Hansen. “Samuel’s Nephite Sources.” In Samuel the Lamanite, ed. Charles Swift. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33912]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:22:24
Hansen, Jim. “Degrees of Glory: A Brief History of Heaven and Graded Salvation.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 59 (2023): Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 59 (2023): 81-108.
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Abstract: While references to heaven in the Old Testament are sparse, non-explicit, and predominantly cosmological, the New Testament reveals a more complex concept of the afterlife that reflects a rapidly evolving understanding of Heaven. The Jewish apocalyptic literature of the late Second Temple period describes a heaven of multiple degrees that is populated with angels and the righteous dead of varying glories. Those glories also tangibly reflect astral qualities of light and glory comparable to the sun, moon, and stars. Within this worldview of Heaven, several of the Apostle Paul’s writings to Corinth can be read with added insight, including his ascent to the “third heaven.” Paul’s teachings of resurrected bodies assuming astral qualities may reflect the native Corinthians’ metaphysical views of the body and soul, which Paul may have shared himself. While Western Christianity would embrace degrees of glory through the Middle Ages, Reform Theology of the Protestant Reformation would affirm a concept of Heaven that supported only a single habitation. It would take a Restoration-era vision to Joseph Smith to restore the doctrine of degrees of glory original to the Jews and early Christians but lost to those of the modern era.

Keywords: degrees of glory; heaven; New Testament; Paul; resurrection
ID = [81878]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal,new-test  Size: 64663  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Hansen, Kristine, and Keith Lawrence. “A Reader’s Library.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12, no. 2 (2003): 100-106.
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Both Hansen and Lawrence review Grant Hardy’s The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition. Not meant to replace the 1981 edition published by the church, this edition appears in a reader-friendly format and provides additional notes and appendices.

Keywords: Literary; Literature; Structure
ID = [3132]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 27340  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Hansen, L. Taylor. He Walked the Americas. Amherst: Amherst Press, 1963.
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This is a collection of more than fifty Indian legends concerning the Healer, the Mighty, and the Prophet. The sequence of these legends, particularly vivid among the wild tribes, form a curious pattern matching the stories told in the Book of Mormon. They tell of a saintly white teacher who performed miracles of healing. His symbols are woven into blankets, carved on canyon walls, and burned in pottery.

ID = [77843]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1963-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:37
Hansen, Lorin K. “Chiasmus Caution.” New Era 1 (January 1973): 3.
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A letter to the editor points out that chiasmus was indeed known by English and German scholars before Joseph Smith’s time, but it is probable that Joseph Smith did not know of the form during his day.

ID = [79285]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1973-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:48
Hansen, Lorin K. “Feedback: Chiasmus Caution.” New Era 3, no. 1 (1973): 3.
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A letter to the editor points out that chiasmus was indeed known by English and German scholars before Joseph Smith’s time, but it is probable that Joseph Smith did not know of the form during his day.

Keywords: Chiasmus
ID = [76618]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1973-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:28
Hanson, Alma B. “From What Plates was the Book of Mormon Translated?” Saints’ Herald 47 (18 July 1900): 468-69.
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Argues that Nephi made two sets of plates and that Mormon made references to both sets while compiling the Book of Mormon.

ID = [79470]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1900-07-18  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Hanson, Paul M. “Among Ancient American Cities No. 1-11.” Saints’ Herald 76 (13 February—29 May 1929): 184-87, 213-15, 244, 269-70, 301-302, 328-30, 517-20, 553-55, 561, 588-91, 619-21, 640, 645-48.
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Reprints of letters that describe the ruins of Central America: Teotihuac‡n, Tula, Copan, Quirigua, Palenque, Uxmal, and others. Includes photographs. He relates Central American Culture and religion with Near Eastern Culture and religion, quoting such authors as Bancroft, Humboldt, and Lord Kingsborough, among others, to back his claims. Equates Quetzalcoatl with Jesus Christ whose visit to America is recorded in 3 Nephi 11 in the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78986]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1929-02-13  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Hanson, Paul M. “Ancient Christian Influence among the Mayas.” Saints’ Herald 85 (15 January 1938): 71-74.
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Friar Diego de Landa’s book, Yucatan Before and After the Conquest, recently published, reveals that most of the writings of the Mayas were destroyed by de Landa because he considered them workings of the devil that stood in the way of the native’s conversion to Christianity. The information that was preserved tells of communal living, reckoning of time, festivals, sacraments, worship of one supreme God, baptism, immortality of the soul, and creation of the world. This new publication verifies the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [79030]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1938-01-15  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Hanson, Paul M. “Book of Mormon Geography.” Saints’ Herald 98 (8 January 1951): 29-31.
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Uses scriptures, archaeological evidence, and geography to explain that the Book of Mormon lands do not encompass as large an area as previously supposed. Suggests that the RLDS church maps placing Lehi’s landing on the coast of Chile should be revised. Finds the Isthmus of Tehuantepec much more probable contender for “narrow neck of land” than the Isthmus of Panama.

ID = [79173]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1951-01-08  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:47
Hanson, Paul M. “The Feathered Serpent in Mexico and Central America.” Saints’ Herald 97 (4 December 1950): 1165-67.
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The origin of the “feathered serpent” in the American native culture can best be explained by the Book of Mormon scripture that tells of Moses’ placing the fiery serpent upon the stick. This author sees the feathered serpent as a symbol of Christ, whose visit is recorded in Third Nephi.

ID = [80460]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1950-12-04  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:06
Hanson, Paul M. In the Land of the Feathered Serpent. Independence, MO: Herald House, 1949.
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Argues that Quetzalcoatl, a major deity of pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America, may have been Christ. Presents a pictorial tour of archaeological sites—including the Toltec ruins at Tlaxcala, the ruins at Mitla, and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Tula, in which this deity, also known as the Feathered Serpent, is represented.

ID = [77894]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1949-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:37
Hanson, Paul M. Jesus Christ among the Ancient Americans. Independence, MO: Herald House, 1945, [R]1947 & 1959.
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Submits archaeological, anthropological, and historical evidence to validate the Book of Mormon. Topics include Israelite origin of Native Americans, native American myths, Quetzalcoatl—the tall white god who may have been Jesus Christ—and linguistic similarities between Hebrew words and words from Mayan, Incan, and Mexican languages.

ID = [77920]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1959-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:38
Hanson, Paul M. “Quetzalcoatl.” Saints’ Herald 72 (13 May 1925): 531-32.
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Considers the idea that the white god of America, Quetzalcoatl, was Jesus Christ of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [80038]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1925-05-13  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:03
Hanson, Paul M. “The Transcript from the Plates of the Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald 103 (12 November 1956): 1097-99.
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Says that the Book of Mormon fulfills prophecies of Isaiah and was witnessed by eleven honorable men. Egyptologists find little or no resemblance between the facsimile of characters that Martin Harris took to Charles Anthon and Egyptian writing. Hanson explains that this is because the Nephites altered the language.

ID = [80685]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1956-11-12  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Hanson, R.A. “The Rod of Iron.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 77, no. 14 (8 April 1915): 223-24.
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Recalls Lehi’s dream of the rod of iron that leads to the tree of life. Likens those who occupied the great and spacious building and mocked those who partook of the tree of life to people of the present age who scoff at the existence of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [81356]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1915-04-08  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Hanson, Scot, and Daniel B. McKinlay. “A Selective Bibliography of Book of Mormon Literary Features.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 16 no. 2 (2007).
ID = [3219]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 17231  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Harder, Erika. “An Answer Like a Splash of Fire.” Ensign, December 1983.
ID = [46477]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1983-12-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 3537  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:24
Harding, Robert George. The Gadianton Robbers. Salt Lake City: Promised Land Publications, 1969.
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Traces the rise and growth of organized crime in Nephite-Lamanite culture. The author discusses how, through conspiracy and murder, the Gadianton Robbers gained seats in the government and became the ruling force. Claims they originated with Cain. Shows how the Jaredites, 2300 B.C.—A.D. 200, were destroyed by a similar group. Draws parallels with present-day society and warns that history repeats itself and that liberty requires vigilance.

ID = [78489]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1969-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:42
Hardy, Allison. The Mormon Pioneers or the Great Salt Lake Trail. Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius, 1944.
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An historical discussion of Mormonism. The Anthon denials are discussed. Author considers the Book of Mormon to be “a strange jumble of pseudo-historical narrative and religious precept” and dismisses the book on the grounds that it is full of “outlandish errors in spelling, syntax and grammar” He also notes what he terms “countless anachronisms that exposed the author’s ignorance of geography, chronology, physical science and Bible history” He decries the book’s use of King James English and alleged pilfering of biblical material. He seems to accept the Spaulding Theory regarding its origin.

ID = [78577]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1944-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:43
Hardy, Bud G. “A Study to Identify and Isolate the Principles and Lessons of the Book of Mormon Record as Inserted by the Writers and Abridgers.” M.A. thesis, Brigham Young University, 1975.
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Maintains that the Book of Mormon contains key phrases, like “it came to pass” and “thus we see,” that point out the messages of the various Book of Mormon authors and abridgers. These phrases can be historical in nature, explaining events, or polemic, explaining teachings, or they can be direct statements to the reader. The author includes tables and summaries that list the phrases.

ID = [78935]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 1975-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Hardy, Grant R. “1 Nephi.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [37204]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “2 Nephi.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
ID = [37205]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “2 Nephi 26 and 27 as Midrash.” Insights 24, no. 5 (2004).
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Nephi was the only Book of Mormon author to receive what might be called a classical Hebrew education. He had ambivalent feelings about his training—indeed, he specifically noted that the tradition would end with himself: “I . . . have not taught my children after the manner of the Jews” (2 Nephi 25:6; see vv. 1–2). So it is not surprising that he remains the most literate, book-learned of the Nephite prophets. That is to say, his writings exhibit the most connections with earlier prophecies and texts, and he structures his teachings in a way that suggests he is working from written documents. In particular, he is eager to tie his own visions of the future of the House of Israel to the words of Isaiah, and his commentary at 1 Nephi 22—where he weaves phrases from the two Isaiah chapters he has just quoted into a new revelatory discourse—is a masterpiece of prophetic interpretation. The same style of commentary, which by placing familiar phrases into new contexts reinterprets as it explains, is found in a slightly more diffuse form at 2 Nephi 25–30.

Keywords: Nephi; Book of Mormon; technique; tradition; writing
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
ID = [66763]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-05  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Hardy, Grant R. “3 Nephi.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
ID = [37214]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “4 Nephi.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 4 Nephi
ID = [37215]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Alma.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [37212]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Ancient History and Modern Commandments: The Book of Mormon in Comparison with Joseph Smith’s Other Revelations.” In Producing Ancient Scripture: Joseph Smith’s Translation Projects and the Making of Mormon Christianity, edited by Mark Ashurst-McGee, Michael Hubbard MacKay and Brian M. Hauglid, 205–227. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2020.
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Topics:    Book of Moses Topics > Joseph Smith Translation (JST) > Translation
ID = [2592]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2020-01-01  Collections:  bom,moses  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:50
Hardy, Grant R. The Annotated Book of Mormon. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2023.
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“This is the first fully annotated, academic edition of the Book of Mormon in its 200-year history. Modelled after the Oxford line of annotated Bibles, it provides readers with the information they need to understand this classic text of American religious history. This edition reformats the complete scriptural text in the manner of modern Bible translations with paragraphs, quotation marks, poetic stanzas, and section headings, all of which clarify the book’s complicated narrative structure. As a result, readers experience a more accessible and readable presentation than the standard version. Annotations explain the meaning and context of specific passages, delineate extended arguments, identify rhetorical patterns, explore theological implications, highlight ancient and modern parallels, and point out intertextual connections, particularly with the Bible. “The Book of Mormon is subdivided into internal books; in this edition, each book is preceded by an introduction that discusses its key themes and literary features, at the same time offering a quick overview of major figures, events, and sermons. The three primary narrators--Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni--receive special attention. In addition to the annotations, which focus on the text itself, there are twelve general essays that introduce readers to various ongoing conversations about the text. There are also several maps and charts, as well as a comprehensive list of biblical quotations and allusions. The editorial material is informed by contemporary biblical and historical scholarship; while it deals forthrightly with both the strengths and weaknesses of the narrative, it nevertheless treats the Book of Mormon as a sacred text, worthy of careful study and respect.” [Summary from Amazon]

Keywords: Book of Mormon, Study; Book of Mormon, commentaries; Book of Mormon, narrative criticism; Book of Mormon, use and influence; Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon, textual development; Book of Mormon, editions and translations; Book of Mormon, historicity
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [81482]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Hardy, Grant R. “Approaching Completion: The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project: A Review of Royal Skousen’s Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon and The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon: Grammatical Variation.” BYU Studies Quarterly 57, no. 1 (2018): 159.
ID = [10652]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size: 54449  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:54:11
Hardy, Grant R. “The Book of Mormon and the Bible.” In Americanist Approaches to the Book of Mormon, edited by Elizabeth Fenton, and Jared Hickman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.
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This chapter draws parallels between the Book of Mormon and the Bible, examining the two from multiple perspectives including Americanism, diction, and intertextuality.

Keywords: Book of Mormon, textual parallels; Book of Mormon, Bible and; Book of Mormon
ID = [82100]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Hardy, Grant R. The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and the Religious Studies Center, 2018.
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This edition is a study version of the Book of Mormon, introducing the text and the history behind each chapter and the history behind each prophet that has written in the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Book of Mormon, textual development; Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon, historicity
ID = [81483]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Hardy, Grant R. “The Book of Mormon Book Club.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 25, no. 1 (2016): 139-153.
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Grant Hardy responds to the six essays written about Understanding the Book of Mormon. He pairs up the authors and imagines conversations between them, as in a book club exchange. He acknowledges their comments and expresses interest in ongoing dialogues fostered by the ideas in his book.

Keywords: Apologetics; Formatting; Historicity; Literary Analysis; Literature; Narrative; Scripture Study
ID = [3346]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 33629  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Hardy, Grant R. “Book of Mormon Plates and Records.” In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, vol. 1. New York: Macmillan, 1992.
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Keywords: Brass Plates, Gold Plates, Jaredite Gold Plates, Large Plates of Nephi, Lost 116 Pages, Plates of Mormon, Recordkeeping, Small Plates of Nephi
ID = [74280]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,eom  Size: 21011  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:08:33
Hardy, Grant R. “The Book of Mormon Translation Process.” BYU Studies Quarterly 60, no. 3 (2021): 203.
ID = [10516]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2021-01-03  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size: 14677  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:54:10
Hardy, Grant R., ed. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ: Maxwell Institute Study Edition. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
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This exquisitely produced volume presents the official Latter-day Saint edition of the Book of Mormon in an attractive, accessible, readable version that brings to Latter-day Saints the helpful features that have been part of standard Bible publishing for decades: paragraphs, quotation marks, poetic stanzas, section headings, and superscripted verse numbers. The latest Latter-day Saint scholarship is reflected in its brief, thoughtfully considered footnotes, although the focus is always on the text itself—its wording, structure, and interconnections—allowing the book’s sacred message to be heard anew. The Maxwell Institute Study Edition is ideally suited to both new readers of the Book of Mormon and also those who know the book well and have loved its teachings and testimony of Christ for many years. ISBN 978-1-9443-9465-3

ID = [33196]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 32  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:48

Articles

Hardy, Grant R. “Introduction.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37195]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Testimony of Three Witnesses.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37196]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Testimony of Eight Witnesses.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37197]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Testimony of Emma Smith.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37198]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37199]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37200]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Brief History of the Text.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37201]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Abbreviations.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37202]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Using the Study Edition.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37203]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “1 Nephi.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [37204]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “2 Nephi.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
ID = [37205]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Jacob.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
ID = [37206]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Enos.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Enos
ID = [37207]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Jarom.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jarom
ID = [37208]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Omni.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Omni
ID = [37209]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Words of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Words of Mormon
ID = [37210]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Mosiah.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [37211]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Alma.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [37212]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Helaman.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Helaman
ID = [37213]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “3 Nephi.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
ID = [37214]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “4 Nephi.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 4 Nephi
ID = [37215]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Mormon (Chapters 1-7).” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37216]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Mormon (Chapters 8-9).” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37217]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Ether.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [37218]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Moroni.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [37219]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Maps and Charts.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37220]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Joseph Smith’s Statements on the Book of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37221]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:20
Hardy, Grant R. “Stories of the Translation.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37222]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “General Notes.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37223]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Literary Parallelism.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37224]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Index of Names.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37225]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Reference Guide to the Book of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37226]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37200]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Columbus: By Faith or Reason?” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
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Keywords: Columbus; Christopher; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Nephi' s Dream; Prophecy; Transoceanic Voyage; Vision
ID = [66452]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Hardy, Grant R. “Enos.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Enos
ID = [37207]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Ether.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [37218]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Gold Plates.” In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, vol. 2. New York: Macmillan, 1992.
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Keywords: Gold Plates, Hill Cumorah, Metallurgy, Recordkeeping
ID = [74548]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,eom  Size: 1069  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:08:35
Hardy, Grant R. “Helaman.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Helaman
ID = [37213]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Heather, and Grant R. Hardy. “How Nephi Shapes His Readers’ Perceptions of Isaiah.” In Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah: 2 Nephi 26-27, edited by Spencer, Joseph M., and Webb, Jenny. Sheffield, UK: Salt Press, 2016.
ID = [81835]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Hardy, Grant R. “Jacob.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
ID = [37206]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Jarom.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jarom
ID = [37208]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Joseph Smith’s Statements on the Book of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37221]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:20
Hardy, Grant R. “Mormon as Editor.” In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by Sorenson, John L., and Melvin J. Thorne, 15-28. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.
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Mormon’s choices are most revealing when the message of his editing seems to contradict the facts that he recorded. Mormon’s honesty as a historian sometimes forced him to include facts that did not exactly support the message he was trying to convey. This tension is frequent in the Book of Mormon as Mormon tried to make spiritual sense of historical events. For me at least, this tension is evidence that Mormon was an actual person, since we all face similar difficulties in making sense of our own lives.

Keywords: Historicity; Mormon; Narrative; Structure
ID = [75618]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books  Size: 28177  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Hardy, Grant R. “Mormon’s Agenda.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
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Keywords: Editor; Historicity; Historiography; Mormon (Prophet); Prophet
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mormon
ID = [66514]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Hardy, Grant R. “Moroni.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [37219]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Mosiah.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [37211]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “New Light: The Book of Mormon as a Written (Literary) Artifact.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12, no. 2 (2003): 107-109, 118.
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Hardy hypothesizes that the misplacement of Alma 13:16 (which, he proposes, actually belongs three verses earlier) is an example of a mistake in handwriting and copying known as homoeoteleuton.

Keywords: Alma the Younger; Homoeoteleuton; Literary; Literature
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [3133]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 18848  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Hardy, Grant R. “Nurturing Faith: Literary Patterning in the Book of Alma.” In Give Ear to My Words, eds. Kerry Hull, Nicholas J. Frederick, and Hank R. Smith. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
RSC Topics > D — F > Faith
ID = [34085]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry,rsc-video  Size: 38703  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:52
Hardy, Grant R. “Of Punctuation and Parentage.” Insights 24, no. 2 (2004).
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As is well known, when the words of the Book of Mormon were translated “by the gift and power of God,” there was no punctuation at all in the early manuscripts, and that is the way the translated text was delivered to E. B. Grandin’s print shop. Type-setter John Gilbert reported that when he sat down to prepare the text for publication, “every chapter . . . was one solid paragraph, without a punctuation mark, from beginning to end.”¹ So he added punctuation and paragraphing as he went along. He did a good job, especially for someone reading the book for the first time, but there are a few sentences that could have been punctuated in more than one way, with slightly different results. Since the punctuation of the Book of Mormon does not enjoy the same revealed status as the words themselves, it may be worth considering some of the alternatives.

Keywords: punctuation; manuscripts; text; Book of Mormon
ID = [66741]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-02  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Hardy, Grant R. “Omni.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Omni
ID = [37209]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Prophetic Perspectives: How Lehi and Nephi Applied the Lessons of Lehi’s Dream.” In The Things Which My Father Saw, eds. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2011.
Topics:    RSC Topics > L — P > Prophets
RSC Topics > Q — S > Revelation
ID = [35268]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry  Size: 37284  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:47
Hardy, Grant R. “Reference Guide to the Book of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37226]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Grant R. “Scholarship for the Ages.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. 1 (2006): 43-53, 71.
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Until now, nearly all commentaries on the Book of Mormon have focused mainly on issues of doctrine rather than beginning with the text itself. Royal Skousen’s critical text project does the opposite by treating the text itself on the word and phrase level. Skousen weighs nearly all possible evidence to deduce the events that may have led to the variations seen in the texts and to draw conclusions about which readings are most likely original. Some conclusions may surprise readers, but Skousen is more interested in candidly documenting what the texts reveal than in interpreting all the implications. Several lengthy excerpts from Skousen’s work show the scholarly depth and rigor of his analysis. In the end, Skousen may have produced the seminal work of Book of Mormon textual criticism that scholars and students will still be using hundreds of years from now.

Keywords: Commentary; Critical Text; Scholarship; Textual History
ID = [3182]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 48825  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Hardy, Grant R. “Speaking So That All May Be Edified.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 2 (2000): 83-97.
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Review of Digging in Cumorah: Relcaiming Book of Mormon Narratives (1999), by Mark D. Thomas

Keywords: Form Criticism; Historicity; Interpretation; Methodology; Scholarship; Theology
ID = [360]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 33491  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Hardy, Grant R. “Two More Waves.” FARMS Review 21, no. 2 (2009): 133-152.
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Review of Robert A. Rees and Eugene England, eds. The Reader's Book of Mormon. and Review of The Book of Mormon. Translated by Joseph Smith. Introduction by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Formatting; Literature; Missionary Work; Structure
ID = [635]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 47076  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Hardy, Grant R. Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
ID = [76453]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:27
Hardy, Grant R. Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
ID = [77193]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Hardy, Grant R. “Words of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, ed. Grant Hardy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Words of Mormon
ID = [37210]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:03
Hardy, Heather. “Alma’s Experiment in Faith: A Broader Context.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 44, no. 3 (Fall, 2011): 67-91.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [81998]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2011-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Hardy, Heather. “Another Testament of Jesus Christ: Mormon’s Poetics.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 16, no. 2 (2007): 16-27, 93-95.
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The Book of Mormon is clearly a didactic text, with its narrators using plainness, explicitness, and repetition to keep the message clear and straightforward. However, Hardy offers a more in-depth analysis of the text’s rhetorical design that also reveals it as a literary text. The Book of Mormon is both a primer for judgment and a guidebook for sanctification. Parallel narratives are compared through clusters of similar narrative elements or phrasal borrowing between the multiple accounts. In Mosiah, Mormon tells the story of the bondage and delivery of Alma and his people after recounting the story of the bondage of the people of Limhi. Hardy explains that ambiguity, indirection, comparison, and allusions are all used to suggest the larger context of these two narratives. The ability to read the book as a guidebook for sanctification, rather than just as a straightforward didactic primer, will provide insight and guidance in the process of living a faithful life.

Keywords: Alma the Younger; Another Testament of Jesus Christ; Bondage; Context; Delivery; Didactic; Judgment; King Limhi; Mormon; Narrative; People of Limhi; Poetic; Poetry; Sanctification
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [3212]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 65869  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Hardy, Heather. “The Double Nature of God’s Saving Work: The Plan of Salvation and Salvation History.” In The Things Which My Father Saw, eds. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2011.
Topics:    RSC Topics > L — P > Plan of Salvation
RSC Topics > Q — S > Salvation
ID = [35259]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry  Size: 53324  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:47
Hardy, Heather, and Grant R. Hardy. “How Nephi Shapes His Readers’ Perceptions of Isaiah.” In Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah: 2 Nephi 26-27, edited by Spencer, Joseph M., and Webb, Jenny. Sheffield, UK: Salt Press, 2016.
ID = [81835]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Hardy, Heather. “‘Saving Christianity’: The Nephite Fulfillment of Jesus’s Eschatological Prophecies.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 23 (2014): 22-55.
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Third Nephi testifies to the fulfillment of Jesus’s eschatological prophecies, even though Mormon, the prophet-historian who records the remarkable events, was unaware of the content of Jesus’s mortal teachings. He nevertheless recognizes Christ’s postresurrection visit as both the fulfillment of Nephite prophecy and the reenactment of particular episodes of their sacred history by incorporating numerous scriptural allusions into his account. Mormon’s independent witness in which he recounts a day of divine judgment, the coming of the Lord, and the inauguration of the kingdom of God within the timeframe Jesus had prescribed validates Jesus’s prophecies in Galilee and Judea. Despite the ironic incongruity between what was expected and how it was fulfilled, Mormon’s narrative confirms the New Testament’s proclamation and thus serves to save the credibility of Christianity that has long been challenged by the problem of the delayed parousia—that is, that Jesus’s prophecies of an imminent theocratic kingdom seem to have failed.

Keywords: Christianity; Eschatology; Jesus Christ; Mormon; Nephite; New Testament; Prophecy; Resurrection; Witness
ID = [3309]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 82346  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Hardy, L. W., Erastus Snow, and John Taylor. “Remarks.” In Journal of Discourses, Volume 19. 1878, 334–340.
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Discourses by Bishop L. W. Hardy, Elder Erastus Snow, President John Taylor, delivered at a Meeting Held in Nephi, on Wednesday Evening, May 15, 1878. Reported By: Geo. F. Gibbs.

ID = [29340]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1878-05-15  Collections:  bom,jnl-disc,taylor  Size: 21731  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:03
Harkness, Georgia. “Saints and Strategists.” Christian Century 52 (31 July 1935): 986-88.
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An attempt to explain Joseph Smith and the Three Witnesses on the basis of current pop psychology. Links Smith’s reputed early practices to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. “The Book of Mormon reads like a mixture of Old Testament, Arabian Nights and Gulliver’s Travels, with a literary quality decidedly inferior to any of these” Suggests that the Three Witnesses suffered a hallucination.

ID = [80135]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1935-07-31  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Harmer, Earl W. Our Destiny. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1942.
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The Book of Mormon is an important part of the Restoration. It is the sacred history of the American natives and clarifies the location of the lost tribes who are “lost only as to their identity and not their location”

ID = [78122]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1942-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Harmon, Neal S. “Book of Mormon Stories Diglot Reader on Computer.” MS thesis, Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 2002.
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This report describes the design, development, and evaluation of a computer-based diglot reader of the Book of Mormon Stories of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Di means two and glot means language, thus a diglot reader combines two languages into one reader in order to teach a person to read in a new language. The program, which runs on both Macintosh and Windows computer platforms, contains fifteen chapters of the Book of Mormon Stories and introduces about four hundred Spanish words. This report includes a literature review on the diglot method and related materials, a description of the program and its features, and an evaluation of the program including eight one-to-one evaluations and a small-group evaluation. The small-group evaluation volunteers completed a pretest, studied the reader, completed a posttest, and filled out a questionnaire for their evaluation of the product. Finally, the report examines the strengths and weaknesses of the program and suggests some general guidelines for future diglot reader computer programs in general.

Keywords: Reading habits; Language, use and teaching; Book of Mormon
ID = [81555]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Harmon, Neal S. “The planning and design of a computer program to teach spanish through The Book of Mormon.” PhD diss., Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 2001.
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Keywords: Book of Mormon, use and influence; Language, use and teaching; Book of Mormon
ID = [81556]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Harper, Bruce T. “The Church Publishes a New Triple Combination.” Ensign, October 1981.
ID = [45557]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1981-10-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 34007  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:17
Harper, Caroline S. “Lamanite Daughter.” Ensign, March 1981.
ID = [45318]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1981-03-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 491  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:15
Harper, D. J. “Father Made Mountains into Molehills.” Ensign, September 1985.
ID = [47269]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1985-09-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 583  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:30
Harper, Steven C. “Evaluating the Book of Mormon Witnesses.” Religious Educator Vol. 11 no. 2 (2010).
Topics:    RSC Topics > G — K > Gold Plates
RSC Topics > T — Z > Testimony
ID = [38255]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 2010-01-02  Collections:  bom,rel-educ  Size: 32916  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:11
Baugh, Alexander L., Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin C. Pykles, eds. Joseph Smith and His First Vision: Context, Place, and Meaning. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
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This volume celebrates the bicentennial of Joseph Smith’s 1820 First Vision of the Father and the Son, a founding event in the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Contributors examine the various accounts of the vision, the religious excitement prevalent in the region, the question that prompted Joseph to enter the grove, the powers of darkness that assailed him, and the natural environment and ultimate preservation of the Sacred Grove. This volume brings together some of the finest presentations from a 2020 BYU Church History Symposium honoring the bicentennial of the First Vision. ISBN 978-1-9503-0408-0

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
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Oaks, Dallin H. “Writing about the Prophet Joseph Smith.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33916]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Dew, Sheri L. “Joseph Smith and the Problem of Loneliness.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33917]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:18
Bushman, Richard Lyman. “The First Vision in 2020.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33918]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Cope, Rachel. “The First Vision within the Context of Revivalism.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33919]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Bennett, Richard E. “Quiet Revivalism: New Light on the Burned-Over District.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33920]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Staker, Mark Lyman, and Donald L. Enders. “Excitement on the Subject of Religion: Controversy within Palmyra’s 1819 and 1820 Preaching District.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33921]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Barney, Quinten Zehn. “A Contextual Background for Joseph Smith’s Last Known Recounting of the First Vision.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33922]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Godfrey, Matthew C. “The ‘Nature’ of Revelation: The Influence of the Natural Environment on Joseph Smith’s Revelatory Experiences.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33923]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Boatright, Gary L., Jr. “The Sacred Grove: Its History, Preservation, and Regeneration.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33924]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Hepworth, Steven. “‘I Was Seized Upon by Some Power’: Joseph Smith, Satan, and the First Vision.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33925]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Jackson, Kent P. “‘O Lord, What Church Shall I Join?’: The Question and the Answer.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33926]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Olsen, Steven L. “Literary Craftsmanship of the Joseph Smith Story.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33927]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Tait, Lisa Olsen. “Susa Young Gates’s ‘Vision Beautiful’” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33928]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Griffiths, Casey Paul. “The First Vision Goes to the Movies.” In Joseph Smith and His First Vision, eds. Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin Pykles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2021.
ID = [33929]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2021-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 10:37:49
Harper, Steven C. “The Probation of a Teenage Seer: Joseph Smith’s Early Experiences with Moroni.” In The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon, eds. Dennis L. Largey, Andrew H. Hedges, John Hilton III, and Kerry Hull. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2015.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
RSC Topics > A — C > Church History 1820–1844
ID = [34705]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry,rsc-video  Size: 48092  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:57
Harper, Steven C. “The Probation of a Teenage Seer: Joseph Smith’s Early Experiences with Moroni.” In Raising the Standard of Truth, ed. Scott C. Esplin. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [33953]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2020-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:51
Harrell, Charles R. “A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12?13.” BYU Studies Quarterly 58, no. 4 (2019): 77.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [10345]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-04  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size: 47720  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:54:09
Harris, Fanklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: The Book of Mormon Plates.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 96, no. 6 (8 February 1934): 91-93.
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Joseph Smith described the gold plates as having “the appearance of gold” The word “appearance” is significant as plates of pure gold would have been in danger of easy destruction. Most likely it was a gold and copper alloy. The Book of Mormon could have been written in Hebrew on just 21 pages or plates; in Phoenician characters about 45 plates would have been necessary, even taking into account the loss of the 116 pages.

ID = [81431]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1934-02-08  Collections:  bom,millennial-star,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:27
Harris, Franklin S. “Agricultural Conditions in Book of Mormon Times.” Improvement Era 17, no. 2 (1913): 97-100.
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This article argues that Book of Mormon references and archaeological evidences (i.e. complex irrigation systems and terraces) from early agricultural sites demonstrate advanced knowledge and practice in tilling the land among the Nephite peoples.

Keywords: Agriculture, Ancient America - Mesoamerica, Archaeology, External Evidence, Irrigation
ID = [77119]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1913-12-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Harris, Franklin S. “Biological Conditions in Book of Mormon Lands.” Improvement Era 13, no. 5 (1910): 385-390.
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Harris claims that the references in the Book of Mormon, with regard to both the Jaredite and Lehite peoples, concerning the use of timber and cement are corroborated by studies published in a bulletin from the U.S.D.A. Similar claims are made of the fauna and flora in America.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Biology, Book of Mormon Historicity, Ecology
ID = [76927]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1910-03-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Harris, Franklin S. “The Book of Mormon As a Missionary.” Deseret News Church Section (19 October 1946): 10, 12.
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The real value of the Book of Mormon is that it is a witness of Christ and it is able to convince people of his message to the point where they will try to live his teachings and commandments. The author gives examples of how some of the first Latter-day Saints were converted by the Book of Mormon.

ID = [80338]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1946-10-19  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:05
Harris, Franklin S. A Book of Mormon Bibliography. N.p.,n.d.
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A typewritten, unpublished, initial research for Seven Claims of the Book of Mormon This bibliography deals with the origin of the Book of Mormon, harmony with biblical prophecies, witnesses, Joseph’s lack of training, and other topics.

ID = [77385]  Status = Type = book  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Harris, Franklin S. “Gold Plates in Persia.” Improvement Era 43, no. 12 (December 1940): 714-15.
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Provides photos and notes of a stone box containing silver and gold plates of Darius I and stone memorial tablets of Xerxes.

ID = [81274]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1940-12-01  Collections:  bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:12
Harris, Franklin S. “More Book of Mormon Evidence.” Young Woman’s Journal 36 (January 1925): 16-17.
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The inhabitants of ancient America had Christian traditions in pre-Columbian times and their ancestors crossed the Pacific Ocean in boats, landing somewhere on the coast of present day Mexico.

ID = [79785]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1925-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Widtsoe, John A., and Franklin S. Harris. Seven Claims of the Book of Mormon: A Collection of Evidences. Independence, MO: Press of Zion’s Printing and Publishing,n.d.
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A missionary manual that presents seven Book of Mormon claims and gives supporting evidence. The claims include: the Book of Mormon is of divine origin, it consists of writings by successive historians, it was written in reformed Egyptian on metal plates, the native Americans are partly of Hebrew descent, and there were great civilizations in ancient America that Christ visited.

ID = [78247]  Status = Type = book  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:40
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “The Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith.” Deseret News (26 October 1946): 10.
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A radio address Sunday, October 20, 1946, over KSL. Critics of the Book of Mormon have three theories to explain the Book of Mormon: Joseph got the ideas from other books and ingeniously authored the Book of Mormon through Sidney Rigdon; Joseph used the Spaulding manuscript; or Joseph suffered from psychological delusions that account for his supposed inspiration. None of these theories have been convincing.

ID = [80321]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1946-10-26  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:05
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. The Book of Mormon Messages and Evidences. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1953, [R]1961.
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An argument for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. The author asserts that the biblical passages of the Book of Mormon represent a translation of an ancient text and that the language of the Book of Mormon indicates multiple authorship. Also discusses discoveries of metal records, the origin of the Native Americans, and Christ’s visit to America.

ID = [78384]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1961-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:41
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: Baptism Early in America.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 96, no. 1 (4 January 1934): 9-11.
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Catholic missionaries who arrived in America found the natives practicing baptism and were horrified. Some cultures sprinkled while others immersed the infant, but always it was meant to lead the individual toward a better life and salvation in the kingdom of God. These practices are explain by the Book of Mormon text that informs the reader that baptism was introduced early in America’s history. [J.W. M.]

ID = [81427]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1934-01-04  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: Eastern Culture in America.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 95, no. 48 (7 December 1933): 793-95.
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Growing amount of evidence shows that Columbus was late in his discovery of America. Ancient manuscripts indicate that the first inhabitants of America came from the East and that they had elephants as reported in the Sheffield Weekly Telegraph, November 4.

ID = [81425]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1933-12-07  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: The Calendar in America.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 96, no. 2 (11 January 1934): 25-27.
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The calendar developed by the Maya Indians began somewhere between 613 and 580 B.C., though it dates back to 3373 B.C., and was arranged by the deity Quetzalcoatl. The Book of Mormon people reckoned their time from the Savior’s birth. The date when Mayan history began and the correlation with the sign of the birth of deity are evidence of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [81428]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1934-01-11  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: The Urim and Thummim.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 96, no. 9 (1 March 1934): 134-35, 139-41.
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Harris cites evidence that many ancient American cultures used “seer stones” and breastplates that suggest a corrupt form of the Urim and Thummim used with the breastplate. He shows how many Indians from North America to Peru in South America used clear stones or crystals for divination.

ID = [81433]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1934-03-01  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: Traditions of the Virgin Birth in America.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 95, no. 50 (December 1933): 826-27.
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Lord Kingbrough (1830—1848), H. H. Bancroft, D. G. Brinton, Torquemanda, and Angus W. McKay found traditions of the virgin birth in the traditions of Mexico, the Otomies, and Navajo Indians. Other ancient peoples such as the Aztecs and the Indians of Paraguay believed in the virgin birth of their gods. This same belief was taught to ancient Americans in the Book of Mormon.

ID = [81426]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1933-12-01  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: Transliteration—Hebrew in ‘Reformed Egyptian’” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 96, no. 10 (8 March 1934): 154-56.
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Harris cites many examples of one language being written with another alphabet—transliteration. This he does to support the claim of the Book of Mormon that Hebrew was written with Reformed Egyptian characters (Mormon 9:32-33; 1 Nephi 1:2). Mentions the discovery by Sir Flinders Petrie of some writings in the Peninsula of Sinai that were in the Hebrew language but written “in Egyptian hieratic characters somewhat changed”

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [81434]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1934-03-08  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: Writing on Metal Plates in the New World.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 96, no. 5 (1 February 1934): 74-76.
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Metal plates prepared by the ancients have been found in several locations in America. There are many historical accounts of metal plates that no longer exist as they were melted down to be used in other ways. Melvin J. Ballard describes plates seen in a museum in Lima, Peru, that were gold sheets, the size of the Book of Mormon plates (Deseret News April 30, 1932).

ID = [81430]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1934-02-01  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Confirmatory Evidences of ‘Mormonism’: Writing on Metal Plates in the Old World.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 96, no. 4 (25 January 1934): 57-59.
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The Book of Mormon records that Lehi’s colony took brass plates upon which were recorded the record of the Jews and the genealogy of their forefathers. The British Museum has metal plates that are engraved with records of several different cultures.

ID = [81429]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1934-01-25  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Exploring the Universe.” Improvement Era 40, no. 3 (1937): 159.
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This article refers to evidence about the existence of elephants in ancient New Mexico.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Elephants, Paleontology
ID = [76895]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1937-03-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Iron in Ancient America.” University Archaeological Society Newsletter 4 (20 January 1952): 4-5.
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Refers to evidences of iron found in ancient America.

ID = [79603]  Status = Type = newsletter article  Date = 1952-01-20  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:51
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “A Modern Message.” Deseret News (20 July 1946): 6.
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World peace can only come if there is tolerance and freedom. The Book of Mormon teaches these attributes. It also teaches there should be no law against belief and no single race is superior to another.

ID = [78897]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1946-07-20  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:45
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Modern Problems.” Deseret News (13 July 1946): 6, 8.
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Discusses what the Book of Mormon says about war. God has forbidden the shedding of blood (Ether 8:9). However, he does not command men to subject themselves to bondage, but rather to protect their freedom (Alma 6:9-14).

ID = [79776]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1946-07-13  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Origin of the American Indians.” Deseret News (17 August 1946): 10, 12.
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Discusses the many books that attempt to prove the origin of the American Indian. He writes that the dominant view is that the Indian crossed the Bering Strait. Other contact by boat was also later made.

ID = [79949]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1946-08-17  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
Harris, Franklin S., Jr. “Others Left Records on Metal Plates, Too.” Instructor 92 (October 1957): 318-21.
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Book of Mormon peoples kept records on metal plates. Early critics claimed that this was impossible since ancient metallurgy was not sufficiently advanced, but many other metal records have been discovered since the days of Joseph Smith. Includes a table of plates found and a map of sites.

ID = [79956]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1957-10-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
Harris, James R. Patterns of Conversion in the Book of Mormon. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 1968.
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Conversion is the key to salvation. Conversion can be gained, in part, by reading the Book of Mormon and reliving its many conversion experiences. Harris identifies six patterns in these conversion experiences and suggests ways to implement them in daily life. Includes a chart of typical conversion events and a graph of steps in sanctification.

ID = [78143]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1968-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Harris, James R. Southwestern American Indian Rock Art and the Book of Mormon. Orem, UT: Harris House, 1991.
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Links inscriptions on rocks in the American Southwest with Book of Mormon themes. This work is reviewed in T.176.

ID = [78262]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:40
Harris, Llewellyn. “Apache Indians.” Juvenile Instructor 16 (15 September 1881): 209.
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In the traditions of the Apache all the Indian tribes long ago combined against a white group and exterminated almost all of them. Due to this great sin the Great Spirit allowed the Spaniards to drive them from their homes. A good book once held by their ancestors was lost long ago.

ID = [79058]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1881-09-15  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:47
Harris, Llewellyn. “Miraculous Healing among the Zunis.” Juvenile Instructor 14 (15 July 1879): 160-61.
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Some Zuni Indians consider themselves to be descendants of Montezuma. A tradition says that more than 300 years before the Spanish arrived, white men landed in Mexico and became the ancestors of the great kings, including Montezuma. They intermarried and lost their distinction. Story told of an elder who administered to 406 Indians afflicted with small pox.

ID = [79767]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1879-07-15  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Harris, Martin. “Complete Text of Martin Harris Letter.” Church News 52 (9 October 1982): 23.
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News article about a recently-discovered letter, written to a Walter Conrad and dated January 13, 1873, in which Martin Harris testifies that as he was praying to see the “ancient record” an angel appeared behind a table on which were the spectacles called the Urim and Thummim and the engraved plates. (Editor’s note: this has since been shown to be a forgery by Mark Hofmann.)

ID = [79322]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1982-10-09  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:49
Harris, Martin. “The Testimony of Martin Harris.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 39, no. 1 (1 January 1877): 4-5.
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Two letters of Martin Harris written to a Mr. Emerson, with an editorial introduction. Harris testifies that an angel showed him the plates containing the Book of Mormon and that the translation copied from them was approved by Professor Anthon. Harris states that Joseph Smith could not have translated the plates by himself. He denies that he preached against the Book of Mormon in England.

ID = [80964]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1877-01-01  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Harris, Russell C. “A Converter of Souls.” Instructor 97 (July 1962): 232-33.
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On many occasions the Book of Mormon has converted practicing Christians to the LDS faith. Moroni’s promise (Moroni 10:3-5) applies to all.

ID = [78869]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1962-07-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:45
Harris, Tod R. “The Book of Mormon: A Biography.” BYU Studies Quarterly 52, no. 1 (2013): 159.
ID = [10975]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size: 15966  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:54:14
Harris, Tod R. “The Journey of the Hero: Archetypes of Earthly Adventure and Spiritual Passage in 1 Nephi.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6, no. 2 (1997): 43-66.
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Study of the varied metaphorical levels of the Book of Mormon continues to yield new insights into the message and meaning of that book. Several prominent typological readings of aspects of the Book of Mormon have been published, but despite calls for such an effort, little inquiry into its possible archetypal levels, or what has been called “the mythic dimension” of the book, has yet been undertaken. As an initial attempt at such an endeavor, I compare certain events described in 1 Nephi with the elements of one prominent mythic archetype, the hero’s journey, as elucidated by Joseph Campbell in his famous The Hero with a Thousand Faces. A strong correlation between the hero’s journey archetype and the events from 1 Nephi is intriguing and seems to demonstrate at least the presence of mythic patterns in the Book of Mormon. This leads to some preliminary conclusions about what the apparent presence of such patterns might signify.

Keywords: 1 Nephi; Archetype; Hero; Hero’s Journey; Metaphor; Nephi
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [2957]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 49063  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Harris, William. Mormonism Portrayed: Its Absurdities and Errors Exposed. Warsaw, IL: Sharp & Gamble, 1841.
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Tract exposing the absurdities of Mormonism. Pages 4-14 discuss various anachronisms in the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78063]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1841-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Harrison, Elias L. T. “The ‘Spaulding Story’ Refuted from Itself.” Millennial Star 19 (24 January 1857): 49–56.
ID = [77261]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1857-01-24  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:33
Harrison, Elias L.T. “The ‘Spaulding Story’ Refuted from Itself.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 19, no. 4 (24 January 1857): 49-56.
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Harrison argues that it is impossible that the Book of Mormon be even remotely related to the Manuscript Found by Solomon Spaulding. The Manuscript Found is a fictitious account of the lost ten tribes and the Book of Mormon is an account of one family of the tribe of Joseph.

ID = [80927]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1857-01-24  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Harrison, G. T. Mormons Are Peculiar People. New York: Vantage, 1954.
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A polemical work critical of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith probably used Ethan Smith’s book View of the Hebrews in creating the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon shows evidence that it was influenced by modern environmental factors such as free- masonry. Various anachronisms are discussed. On pages 95-167 the author lists over fifty-eight examples of what he terms false prophecies made in the Book of Mormon or by Joseph Smith.

ID = [78088]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1954-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Harrison, G. T. “That Mormon Book: Mormonism’s Keystone Exposed or The Hoax Book.” N.p.: n.p., 1981.
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A polemical work against the Book of Mormon, declaring that the Book of Mormon is a wicked book that has deceived millions. Raises many issues, including inconsistencies of the Book of Mormon, the killing of Laban by Nephi, and “Book of Mormon fairy tales” and compares the lives of Paul and Alma.

ID = [78318]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 1981-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:41
Hart, Charles H. “Joseph the Prophet.” Improvement Era 23, no. 6 (1920): 491-495.
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This article argues that it is more difficult to think Joseph Smith could invent the Book of Mormon, given his youth, limited experience, and opportunities, than to believe he was inspired. Joseph would have needed extensive research to have learned, for example, that Native Americans used stone boxes for the burial of valuables, a fact virtually unknown in his day. Not until 1906 were such boxes discovered in the areas of Toronto, Tennessee, Illinois, and New Mexico.

Keywords: Apologetics, Book of Mormon Authorship, External Evidence, First Vision, Jr., Latter-day Saint History (1820-1846), Smith, Joseph
ID = [77167]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1920-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Hart, Charles H. “Steadfast Testimony of the Three Witnesses.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 89, no. 35 (1 September 1927): 545-51.
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Refutes the claim made in the 1911 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia that the Three Witnesses denied their testimonies of the Book of Mormon plates. As evidence, he cites an 1883 interview of David Whitmer, the dying declaration of Martin Harris, and an affidavit testifying that, in a Michigan murder trial, Oliver Cowdery defended the Book of Mormon.

ID = [81395]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1927-09-01  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Hart, Edward L. “James H. Hart’s Contribution to Our Knowledge of Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer.” BYU Studies 36, no. 4 (1996): 118-124.
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Most Latter-day Saints take for granted the existence of portraits of the Three Witnesses, but in fact no likeness of Oliver Cowdery was available to the Church until 1883, and then it was touch-and-go whether one would be obtained. Had it not been for the faith and tenacity of James H. Hart, who pursued the portrait when others had failed, we might never have known just what Oliver Cowdery looked like. In the course of following the trail of the portrait, Hart was also able to conduct important interviews with David Whitmer.

Keywords: Cowdery; David; Oliver; Three Witnesses; Whitmer
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [11929]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-04  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,byu-studies  Size: 7210  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:54:20
Stoker, Kevin, Kellene Ricks, and John H. Hart. “Aggression—Beginning of End.” Church News 58 (12 November 1988): 14.
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Tells how the Nephites started declining when they became the aggressors by attacking the Lamanites.

ID = [78959]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1988-11-12  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Hart, John H. “The Last Witness.” Improvement Era 12, no. 12 (1909): 955-959.
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A poem describing David Whitmer’s witness and testimony of the Book of Mormon. It was approved by David Whitmer as a factual account of his experiences.

Keywords: Poetry, Three Witnesses, Whitmer, David
ID = [76773]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1909-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Hart, John L. “5,000 Gather to Welcome Prophet.” Church News 57 (4 July 1987): 3, 7.
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President Benson tells the saints that they need to make the Book of Mormon a lifelong study and to continue using it as a missionary tool. He also warned that “grave consequences hang on our response to the Book of Mormon. We have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should”

ID = [78846]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1987-07-04  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:45
Hart, John L. “Book of Mormon Has Gentle, But Lasting Impact in Many Lives.” Church News 59 (29 July 1989): 6, 13.
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President Benson’s counsel to read the Book of Mormon helps people by giving them peace in their souls and strengthening their testimonies.

ID = [79178]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1989-07-29  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:47
Hart, John L. “Book of Mormon Is Converter.” Church News 50 (5 January 1980): 7.
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A student minister read the Book of Mormon to denounce it, but after reading it he took the lessons from missionaries and was baptized. Another man read it when he had nothing else to do and is now a full-time missionary. Even with the missionaries and discussions, the Book of Mormon is still the greatest converter.

ID = [79185]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1980-01-05  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:47
Hart, John L. “Book of Mormon Printed in Pidgin for ‘Bali Hai’: ‘Voice from the dust’ speaks in 70th tongue.” Church News 55 (29 December 1985): 3, 10.
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The Book of Mormon translation into Bislama is now available to those natives who live in the chain of islands of Vanuatu. This responds to the Lord’s command that the Book of Mormon should be available to all.

ID = [79211]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1985-12-29  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:48
Hart, John L. “Book of Mormon Translated into Four More Languages.” Church News 52 (6 March 1982): 3.
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A news update concerning the Book of Mormon’s translation into Polish, Hebrew, Kuna, and Bolivia Quecha.

ID = [79238]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1982-03-06  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:48
Hart, John L. “Combat Trends of World, Urges Pres. Benson.” Church News 56 (21 December 1986): 3, 7.
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Combat the world’s trends by reading and studying the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon prepares and persuades people to go on missions.

ID = [79315]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1986-12-21  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:49
Hart, John L. “First Convert in Thailand.” Church News 49 (20 October 1979): 13.
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Srilaksang Gottsche, the first convert in Thailand, helped translate the Book of Mormon into Thai.

ID = [79450]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1979-10-20  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Hart, John L. “Gospel Moving to All ‘Tongues’” Church News 51 (28 November 1981): 3.
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Since 1979 the Book of Mormon has been translated into several new languages. They include Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Navajo, Arabic, Czech, Vietnamese, Fijian, Catalan, Russian, Icelandic, Niuean, and four Central and South American Indian languages.

ID = [79495]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1981-11-28  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Hart, John L. “Impact of Book Is Dynamic, Lasting.” Church News 58 (31 December 1988): 6-7.
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Although the Book of Mormon had a humble beginning, there have now been printed over 35 million copies in 80 languages. President Benson’s admonition to read the Book of Mormon over and over has increased people’s testimonies.

ID = [79571]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1988-12-31  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Hart, John L. “Members Key to Growth, Pres. Benson Tells Leaders.” Church News 56 (6 July 1986): 3.
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In a talk to mission presidents, President Benson stresses that the Book of Mormon is the “great converter” Missionaries need to build their own faith and a way to do that is to read the Book of Mormon.

ID = [79750]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1986-07-06  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Hart, John L. “Millionth Copy Given This Year.” Church News 51 (17 January 1981): 4.
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One million copies of the Book of Mormon have been donated to the personalized family-to-family Book of Mormon project since the project began in 1966.

ID = [79766]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1981-01-17  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Hart, John L. “More Missionaries Are Needed, Urges President Benson.” Church News 56 (9 March 1986): 3, 6.
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President Benson teaches that more missionaries are needed. He encourages families to read and study the Book of Mormon. “The Book of Mormon is one of the greatest means for preparing missionaries”

ID = [79789]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1986-03-09  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Hart, John L. “Opportunity Ahead: ‘Raise Sights High’” Church News 54 (24 June 1984): 6.
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President Ezra Taft Benson urged mission presidents and missionaries at the Missionary Training Center to more effectively use the Book of Mormon.

ID = [79943]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1984-06-24  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
Hart, John L. “Pres. Benson Emphasizes the ‘Miracle of Conversion’” Church News 57 (27 June 1987): 3, 6.
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President Benson outlined basic gospel principles essential to the success of the mission presidents. One of the principles was that they should take time daily to read and study the Book of Mormon. Elder Perry told missionaries to use the Book of Mormon more to bring converts into the Church.

ID = [79990]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1987-06-27  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:54
Hart, John L. “Prophet Donates ‘Book for Our Day’” Church News 56 (26 January 1986): 10.
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President Benson and his family personalize dozens of copies of the Book of Mormon a month. Article describes the influence personalized Books of Mormon have and tells about the Family-to-Family Book of Mormon program.

ID = [80017]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1986-01-26  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:03
Hart, John L. “Prophet’s Visit Is ‘Of Lasting Impact’” Church News 58 (25 June 1988): 3, 14.
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Following the counsel that President Benson gave, members will spend more time reading the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, and then will share the truths they learned.

ID = [80025]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1988-06-25  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:03
Hart, John L. “Prophet’s Words Are ‘Sure Guide’ for All.” Church News 60 (17 March 1990): 3.
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Elder Ashton gave encouragement to read the Book of Mormon in President Benson’s behalf.

ID = [80026]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1990-03-17  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:03
Hart, John L. “Small Branch Established as Converts Return to India.” Church News 51 (3 January 1981): 13.
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Edwin and Elsie Dharmaraju presented President Spencer W. Kimball a 700-page manuscript containing the translation of the Book of Mormon into Telugu. It was translated by the 82-year-old father of Elsie Dharmaraju.

ID = [80177]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1981-01-03  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Hart, John L. “Strengthening Lives.” Church News 57 (28 November 1987): 14.
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The goal of a seminar on the Book of Mormon was “to make the teachings of the Book of Mormon a part of the lives of the participants”

ID = [80210]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1987-11-28  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Hart, John L. “Subtitle Testifies of Jesus Christ.” Church News 52 (16 October 1982): 3.
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A report on the addition of the subtitle to the Book of Mormon—”Another Testament of Jesus Christ” Discusses several aspects of the LDS church’s ten-year scripture project, including the creation of a topical guide and cross-references.

ID = [80218]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1982-10-16  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Hart, John L. “‘Super Project’ Grows Up.” Church News 54 (4 March 1984): 3, 11.
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The Salt Lake Cottonwood Stake initiated a ‘Super’ Book of Mormon Family-to-Family program, and 27,274 personalized books have been donated.

ID = [78833]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1984-03-04  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:45
Hart, John L. “‘When I Pray about It, I Feel All Warm Inside’” Church News 58 (30 July 1988): 5.
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When children send their testimonies in copies of the Book of Mormon, people respond more positively to the book and the door is opened for conversion.

ID = [78840]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1988-07-30  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:45
Hartley, William G. “Every Member WAS a Missionary.” Ensign, September 1978.
ID = [44217]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1978-09-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 18412  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:37
MacKay, Michael Hubbard, and William G. Hartley, eds. The Rise of the Latter-day Saints: The Journals and Histories of Newel Knight. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
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Newel Knight (1800–1847) was one of the very earliest Latter-day Saint converts and maintained a lifelong friendship and close association with Joseph Smith Jr. The journals of Newel Knight are part of a handful of essential manuscript sources that every historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relies on to understand its early history. He was one of a few early converts to provide an eyewitness account of the founding events in Church history, including the rise and fall of the Church in Missouri, miraculous healings, legal battles, the construction and dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the first marriage performed by Joseph Smith Jr., the martyrdom, and the cold, difficult exodus from Illinois to Winter Quarters. Knight’s history has always been a difficult source to use because it was never published in one volume until now. This book brings together his various accounts into one place to tell the story of the rise of the Latter-day Saints. ISBN 978-1-9443-9483-7

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [33188]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 10  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:48

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MacKay, Michael Hubbard, and William G. Hartley. “Acknowledgments.” In The Rise of the Latter-day Saints, eds. Michael Hubbard MacKay and William G. Hartley. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019.
ID = [37168]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2019-01-01  Co