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Raish, Martin H. “Encounters with Cumorah: A Selective, Personal Bibliography.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 13, no. 1-2 (2004): 38-49, 169-170.
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This bibliographic article identifies descriptions of the Hill Cumorah that go beyond Joseph Smith’s account. The author includes firsthand reports of the hill’s appearance at the time the sacred events took place and accounts by visitors who focus on emotional, spiritual, poetic, or nostalgic aspects of their experience. Some of the featured descriptions are written by James Gordon Bennett, Oliver Cowdery, Orson Pratt, George Q. Cannon, Susa Young Gates, photographer George E. Anderson, and Anthony W. Ivins. Taken together, the accounts enrich our understanding and appreciation of the Hill Cumorah and the role it played in the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. This article includes recommendations for post–World War II studies on the hill and a sidebar that discusses a clue to the history of the name Cumorah being associated with the hill near Palmyra.

Keywords: Bibliography; Cumorah; Hill Cumorah; Joseph; Jr.; NY; Palmyra; Restoration; Smith
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
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Raish, Martin H. “Paul R. Cheesman, Millie F. Cheesman, Ancient American Indians: Their Origins, Civilizations and Old World Connections.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 42.
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Review of Ancient American Indians: Their Origins, Civilizations, and Old World Connections (1991), by Paul R. Cheesman and Millie F. Cheesman.

ID = [117]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 7757  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Raish, Martin H. “A Reader’s Library.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 2 (1992).
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This author requests help in compiling a list of useful reference books that readers can use when studying the Book of Mormon. Such a list would include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases.

ID = [3014]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 10115  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Raish, Martin H. “A Reader’s Library.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9 no. 1 (2000).
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Martin Raish suggests that although there are only two dictionaries of Mesoamerican archaeology and culture, both are quite good and can be augmented with some excellent travel guides and wall maps. Together they help readers better understand the terminology of art history and archaeology, become more conversant with the names of sites and cultures, and feel more confident about the general outlines of history in likely Book of Mormon lands. The author specifically recommends two dictionaries, a volume on Mesoamerican religions, an atlas, some traveler’s guides, and some National Geographic Society maps.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3031]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 1481  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Raish, Martin H. “A Reader’s Library.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10 no. 1 (2001).
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This article lists and discusses multiple texts that comment on the Book of Mormon and recommends them as supplements to Book of Mormon study.

ID = [3062]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 13651  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Raish, Martin H., and C. Gary Bennett. “A Reader’s Library.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 1 (2002).
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Two critics evaluate the book By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture That Launched a New World Religion. Raish opines that Givens’s book effectively explains why a person might accept the Book of Mormon and facilitates a reader’s desire to better understand the Book of Mormon. Bennett adds that Givens approaches his discussion of the Book of Mormon as a scholar, resulting in a more accepting readership. Givens also studies the Book of Mormon with respect to its role in promoting the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a worldwide religion.

ID = [3093]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 16312  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Rasmussen, Ellis T. “Sidney B. Sperry, As I Remember and Appreciate Him.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4 no. 1 (1995).
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Personal reminiscences about Sidney B. Sperry.

ID = [2896]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  farms-jbms  Size: 4964  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Rasmussen, James. “Blood Vengeance in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1981.
ID = [8565]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1981-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports,old-test  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Welch, John W., and Tim Rathbone. “How Long Did It Take to Translate the Book of Mormon?” 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: Book of Mormon Translation; Cowdery, Oliver; Harris, Martin; Latter-day Saint History (1820-1846); Smith, Joseph, Jr.
ID = [66444]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:06
Welch, John W., and Tim Rathbone. “The Translation of the Book of Mormon: Preliminary Report on the Basic Historical Information.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1986.
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John Welch and Tim Rathbone discuss what Joseph Smith and his companions said about translating the Book of Mormon. They document the intense period of activity from April to June 1829, during which nearly all the translation took place.

Keywords: Church History
ID = [8616]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1986-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports,welch  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Raventos, William. “A Layman’s Comparison.” FARMS Review of Books 11, no. 1 (1999): 299-310.
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Review of GospeLink (1998), by Deseret Book; and Collector's Library '98 (1998), by Infobases

Keywords: Scholarship; Study Help
ID = [319]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 26090  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Rawlins, Jacob D. “Journal Retrospective: Perspective from the Editors.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 18 no. 2 (2009).
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The Journal of Book of Mormon Studies was founded in 1992 to be a forum through which faithful LDS scholars could highlight their research on the historical, linguistic, cultural, and theological contexts of the Book of Mormon. Since its founding by Stephan D. Ricks, four other scholars have served as editors of this publication: John L. Sorenson, S. Kent Brown, Andrew H. Hedges, and Paul Y. Hoskisson. Under these scholars’ stewardship, the Journal has developed into the flagship publication of the Maxwell Institute. This article features not only the history of the Journal but also perspectives from each of the editors.

ID = [3239]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 25419  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Rawlins, Jacob D. “Turning Away.” The FARMS Review 19, no. 1 (2007): 325-331.
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Review of Tad R. Callister. The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration. and Review of Alexander B. Morrison. Turning from Truth: A New Look at the Great Apostasy.

Keywords: Early Christianity; Great Apostasy; Restoration
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Read, Lenet Hadley. “Joseph Smith’s Receipt of the Plates and the Israelite Feast of Trumpets.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2, no. 2 (1993): 110-120.
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Joseph Smith received the golden plates on the Israelite Day of Remembrance (or Rosh ha-Shanah). Biblical references and interpretation by Jewish sages through the centuries set this day as the day God would remember his covenants with Israel to bring them back from exile. Also called the Feast of Trumpets, this day features ritual trumpet blasts to signify the issuance of revelation and a call for Israel to gather for God’s word of redemption. The day, which is set at the time of Israel’s final agricultural harvest, also symbolizes the Lord’s final harvest of souls. Furthermore, it initiates the completion of the Lord’s time periods, the Days of Awe, and signifies the last time to prepare for final judgment and the Messianic Age. The coming forth of the Book of Mormon is literally fulfilling such prophecies of the day.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Early Church History; Festival; Gold Plates; Israelite Feast of Trumpets; Joseph; Jr.; Plates; Prophecy; Smith; Translation
ID = [2845]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 26613  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Read, Nicholas, Jae R. Ballif, John W. Welch, William E. Evenson, Kathleen Gee, and Matthew P. Roper. “New Light on the Shining Stones of the Jaredites.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 253-255. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Geology
ID = [75696]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Reed, Michael G. “Abanes’s ‘Revised’ History.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 1 (2004): 99-109.
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Review of Richard Abanes. One Nation under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Criticism
ID = [461]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 24885  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Rees, Robert A. “The Book of Mormon and Automatic Writing.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. 1 (2006): 4-17, 68-70.
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Some critics of the Book of Mormon have suggested that Joseph Smith produced the book through a process known as “automatic writing,” a rapid flow of language claimed to be generated through paranormal means such as trance-like states or claimed communications with spirits. This paper presents an overview of some prominent claims of automatic writing and examines the historical and scientific evidence for the authenticity of at least some of these cases. After discussing the similarities between these works and the Book of Mormon, the paper outlines a number of features in the Book of Mormon that clearly differentiate it from any known case of automatic writing, features such as the presence of Near Eastern and Mesoamerican geographic, cultural, and linguistic details that were unknowable to anyone in 1830. Based on this and other evidence, the Book of Mormon does not fit the profile of automatic writing but is best explained by Joseph’s own account of its ancient and divine origins.

Keywords: Authorship; Automatic Writing; Historicity; Joseph; Jr.; Prophet; Smith; Translation
ID = [3176]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 68920  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Rees, Robert A. “Irony in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12, no. 2 (2003): 20-31, 111-112.
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The Book of Mormon appears replete with examples of verbal and dramatic irony, something unlikely to have been produced intentionally by Joseph Smith with his level of rhetorical and expressive skills. Dramatic irony occurs when an exceeding young Nephi, who is large in stature, admires the exquisite sword of Laban and then grapples with the distasteful command to kill Laban with that sword. Having passed the test, Nephi has matured into a man large in stature. Dramatic irony also occurs in Abinadi’s experience with King Noah and in the similar experiences of Alma and Korihor with the power of speech and silence. Verbal irony is apparent in Lehi’s expectations for Laman to be like a river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness, and for Lemuel to be like a valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord. Nephi also refutes his older brothers’ false knowledge by reminding them of what they already know.

Keywords: Abinadi (Prophet); Alma the Younger; Irony; Joseph; Jr.; King Noah; Korihor; Nephi; Rhetoric; Smith; Sword of Laban
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [3123]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 61041  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Reeve, Rex C., Jr. “The Book of Mormon: A Book Written for Our Day.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1995. Transcript of a lecture given at the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.
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The Book of Mormon teaches faith in Christ, a message relevant for our time or any time. Believers progress from knowing the Savior, to loving and being obedient to him, and ultimately desiring to share the message about him. Our commitment to the gospel is reflected in our ability to be obedient.

ID = [8566]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Rencher, Alvin C. “Book of Mormon Authorship Chronology.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1986.
ID = [8567]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1986-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Reynolds, Noel B. “The Authorship Debate Concerning Lectures on Faith: Exhumation and Reburial.” In The Disciple as Witness: Essays on Latter-day Saint History and Doctrine in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, edited by Ricks, Stephen D., Parry, Donald W., and Hedges, Andrew H. Provo, UT: The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
ID = [81859]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,church-history,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Reynolds, Noel B. “The Authorship of the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, May 27, 1997. This is a transcript of an address given 27 May 1997 in a BYU Forum Assembly.
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Noel Reynolds discusses scholarship in the Latter-day Saint community, particularly with respect to the question of the authorship of the Book of Mormon. In this overview of the book, Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited, Reynolds discusses the research of Richard L. Bushman, Richard L. Anderson, Royal Skousen, Hugh Nibley, and others.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Authorship
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Reynolds, Noel B. “Biblical Merismus in Book of Mormon Gospel References.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 26 (2017).
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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2015 annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting, November 23, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. 1. See Noel B. Reynolds, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Taught by the Nephite Prophets;’ BYU Studies 31/3 (1991): 31-50; and Noel B. Reynolds, “The Gospel according to Mormon;’ Scottish Journal of Theology 68/2 (2015): 218-34 doi:10.1017/ S003693061500006X. 2. Inclusio is a common technique used by biblical writers to mark off a text unit by repeating at the end of the unit a word or phrase or sentence used at the beginning. These three Book of Mormon passages are marked off with obvious inclusios featuring “the doctrine of Christ;’ “this is my doctrine;’ and “this is my gospel” respectively. While Nephi constructed the first, the second two are embedded in the material quoted from Jesus Christ. In “Chiastic Structuring of Large Texts: Second Nephi as a Case Study;’ publication pending, I demonstrate that 2 Nephi can be read as a series of thirteen inclusios arranged to provide a chiastic structure to the book that also communicates his principal thesis.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
ID = [81893]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Reynolds, Noel B., ed. Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1997.
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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints view the Book of Mormon as scripture written by ancient prophets, while critics believe that it is a 19th-century fraud. The 15 essays in Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited present the latest research by LDS scholars on the question in an effort to demonstrate that the weight of scholarly evidence is on the side of authenticity. Part 1 contains essays dealing with accounts of how the book was produced in 1829 and 1830, with emphasis on the translation process and the witnesses who saw the plates. Part 2 takes a look at the logical structure of the authorship debate and reviews the history of alternative theories and criticisms of the Book of Mormon. Part 3 presents textual studies that demonstrate the plausibility of the Book of Mormon as an ancient book, and part 4 updates scholars’ attempts to understand the ancient cultural and geographic setting of the book in both the Old and New Worlds.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Authorship; Book of Mormon Historicity; Eight Witnesses; Latter-day Saint History (1820-1846); Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Printer\'s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Three Witnesses
ID = [75461]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 20  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:20
Reynolds, Noel B. “The Book of Mormon Today.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 1 (2003): 5-14.
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Review of Terryl L Given. By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture That Launched a New World Religion.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Doctrine; Early Church History; Historicity; Joseph; Jr.; Scholarship; Smith; Translation
ID = [420]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 21960  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Reynolds, Noel B. “By Objective Measures: Old Wine into Old Bottles.” In Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, edited by Parry, Donald W., Daniel C. Peterson, and John W. Welch, 127-153. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
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Keywords: American Revolution; Arabia; Merismus; Metal Plates; Metallurgy; Narrative of Zosimus; Politics; Population Size; Shipbuilding; Temple Worship; United States History; Warfare; Wordprint
ID = [75592]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 43152  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Reynolds, Noel B., ed. Early Christians in Disarray: Contemporary LDS Perspectives on the Christian Apostasy. Provo, UT: The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2005.
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This book takes a fresh look at the apostasy of the early Christian church. Most Latter-day Saint scholars and leaders previously based their understanding of the Christian apostasy on the findings of Protestant scholars who provided a seemingly endless array of evidences of apostasy in Christian history. Since the classic treatments of this topic were written, many newly discovered manuscripts written during the first Christian centuries have come to light, giving a clearer picture of what the early Christian experience was like. Drawing on this material, LDS scholars today are able to shift the focus of study to the causes of the apostasy rather than the effects. This volume of essays reports new research by several LDS scholars in different fields. They identify common myths and misconceptions about the apostasy and promote better understanding of when and why the apostasy occurred.

ID = [81728]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Reynolds, Noel B. “The Gospel as Taught by Nephite Prophets.” 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: Baptism; Endure to the End; Faith; Gift of the Holy Ghost; Gospel; Jesus Christ; Nephite; Prophet; Repentance
ID = [66518]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Reynolds, Noel B. “In the Mouths of Two or More Witnesses.” Mormon Studies Review 23, no. 1 (2011): 153-154.
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Review of Richard Bauckham. Jesus and the Eyewitensses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.

Keywords: Authorship; Early Christianity; Jesus Christ
ID = [669]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 6108  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:34
Millet, Robert L., and Noel B. Reynolds. Latter-day Christianity: 10 Basic Issues. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
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With the rapid and visible growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it was inevitable that doctrinal differences would arise between the Latter-day Saints and people of other faiths. Members of the LDS Church profess to be Christians, yet others doubt or do not understand this claim.
The contributors to Latter-day Christianity hope that the 10 essays contained in this full-color, illustrated book will help Latter-day Saints who want to explain their beliefs and will be useful to people outside the LDS Church who want a simple and clear statement of those beliefs. The essays address such topics as whether Latter-day Saints are Christian and what they believe about God, the Bible, personal revelation, human deification, salvation, and proselytization.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [6988]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 85474  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Reynolds, Noel B. “Lehi As Moses.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9 no. 2 (2000).
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Lehi and his people understood their own times in terms of types and shadows from the past. God’s leading the family out of Jerusalem and reinstituting his covenant with Lehi in a new promised land can be understood only by comparison with the exodus and the roles of Lehi and Nephi in terms of Moses. This article identifies fourteen Mosiac themes and circumstances that Lehi invoked in his sermon recorded in 2 Nephi 1 and illustrates close parallels with these themes in Deuteronomy. Lehi may have compared himself to Moses as a rhetorical device to help his children see the divine direction behind his actions. In his final words to his children, Lehi invokes Moses’ farewell address to the Israelites. In so doing, Lehi casts himself in a role similar to that of Moses. Nephi portrays himself in similar terms on the small plates, apparently following the pattern set by his father.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Old Testament Topics > Moses
Old Testament Topics > Types and Symbols
ID = [3040]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms,old-test  Size: 61885  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Reynolds, Noel B. “Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr., eds., The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2 (1990): Article 23.
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Review of The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure (1989), edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr.

ID = [79]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 13468  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Reynolds, Noel B. “Nephi’s Political Testament.” In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by Sorenson, John L., and Melvin J. Thorne, 220-229. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.
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The great political question among Book of Mormon peoples was “Who has the right to rule?” Did Nephi’s descendants and those who followed them have a legitimate right to rule? Or should the right have belonged to Lehi’s oldest son Laman and his descendants? This quarrel is the cause of centuries of political and military struggle. But this was not the only problem. Even within Nephite society, an endless number of dissenters challenged the government. They often split away to join the Lamanites when they could not win control inside the Nephite system. These dissenters typically argued for the Lamanite view, in part because they thought they could line their own nests that way. By paying close attention to how this struggle was waged, we can see one of the reasons the Book of Mormon was written. Of course it is a witness for Christ and his teachings. But in addition, it provides reasons why we should believe that the tradition of the Nephites was just and correct. The two messages of the book are tied together in such a way that whoever accepts the teachings of Christ accepts that Nephi was a legitimate ruler, and vice versa.

Keywords: Jesus Christ; Kingship; Lamanite; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Nephite; Politics; Tradition
ID = [75636]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books  Size: 19839  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Reynolds, Noel B. “The Political Context of the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1995. Transcript of a lecture presented as part of the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture.
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The history of any people has a political dimension. If there is any structure of authority in a society, people will want to control that authority to promote their own interests. Politics is that realm in which this struggle takes place. Nephite and Lamanite politics and wars revolved around the issue of which of Lehi’s sons was the legitimate heir to the paternal right to rule.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Law and Politics
ID = [8569]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Reynolds, Noel B. “The Political Dimension in Nephi’s Small Plates.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1987.
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Noel Reynolds explains how Nephi’s writings can be read in part as a political tract that documents the legitimacy of Nephi’s rule. He discusses the traditions of the Lamanites and Nephites, the events chronicled in the small plates of Nephi, the typologies of Moses and Joseph in Nephi’s writings, and he gives a chiastic analysis of 1 Nephi 3-5.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Law and Politics
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [8543]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1987-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:56
Reynolds, Noel B. “The True Points of My Doctrine.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 2 (1996): 26-56.
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In a 1991 BYU Studies article, I identified and analyzed three core Book of Mormon passages in which the gospel or doctrine of Jesus Christ is defined. Each of these passages presents the gospel as a six-point formula or message about what men must do if they will be saved. In the present article I go on to examine all other Book of Mormon references to the six elements in this formula. Faith is choosing to trust in Jesus Christ in all that one does. Repentance is turning away from the life of sin by making a covenant to obey the Lord and remember him always. Baptism in water is the public witnessing to the Father of that covenant. The baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost is a gift sent from the Father in fulfillment of his promise to all his children that if they will repent and be baptized, they will be filled with the Holy Ghost. It brings the remission of sins with its cleansing fires. The recipient of these great blessings must yet endure to the end in faith, hope, and charity in order to obtain salvation, or eternal life.

Keywords: Baptism; Covenant; Doctrine; Endure to the End; Eternal Life; Faith; Gospel; Gospel of Jesus Christ; Repentance; Salvation; Trust
ID = [2933]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 71306  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Reynolds, Noel B., and Royal Skousen. “Was the Path Nephi Saw ‘Strait and Narrow’ or ‘Straight and Narrow’?” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 2 (2001): 30-33, 70.
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The two spellings strait and straight are often considered synonymous; however, they come from different Middle English words and have different meanings. Strait means “narrow” or “tight,” whereas straight means “not crooked.” The difference in these meanings affects the interpretation of the scriptural phrase “strait/straight and narrow path” and others like it. Reynolds and Skousen explore possible meanings that the original Book of Mormon authors may have intended in their use of the two words.

Keywords: Middle English; Nephi; Straight; Strait
ID = [3070]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 17888  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Rhodes, Michael D. “The Book of Abraham: Divinely Inspired Scripture.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4, no. 1 (1992): 120-126.
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Review of . . . By His Own Hand upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri (1992), by Charles M. Larson.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Book of Abraham; Criticism; Pearl of Great Price
ID = [127]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  abraham,bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 16659  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Rhodes, Michael D. “The Joseph Smith Hypocephalus . . . Seventeen Years Later.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994.
ID = [8570]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Hoskisson, Paul Y., and Michael D. Rhodes. “Out of the Dust: Ancient Semitic in Egyptian Pyramids?” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 16, no. 1 (2007): 74-75, 88.
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An announcement made in Jerusalem—claiming that parts of the text found in the pyramid of Wenis were ancient Semitic and not Egyptian—could have implications applicable to the Latter-day Saints. If the claim proves to be true, these spells would be one of the oldest attestations of any Semitic language. Egyptologists have tended to reject the possibility of influence from non-Egyptians, but the existence of these Semitic lines would force them to reconsider that possibility. The reverse would also have to be considered, supporting the Book of Mormon’s suggestion that the Hebrews adopted Egyptian script to write Hebrew. However, the assertion has only been made and has yet to be proven.

Keywords: Arabia; Egyptian; Egyptology; Jerusalem; Language; Language - Hebrew; Semitic
ID = [3207]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 9183  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Ricks, Shirley S. “Allan K. Burgess and Max H. Molgard, Fun for Family Night: Book of Mormon Edition.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3 (1991): Article 5.
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Review of Fun for Family Night: Book of Mormon Edition (1990), by Allan K. Burgess and Max H. Molgard.

ID = [92]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 6800  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Ricks, Shirley S. “The Book of Mormon Abridged Anew.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 21-33.
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Review of Jana Riess, annotator. The Book of Mormon: Selections Annotated and Explained.

Keywords: Abridgment; Scripture Study
ID = [526]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 29018  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Ricks, Shirley S. “Book of Mormon Companion: Dictionary & More.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2, no. 1 (1990): 24-25.
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Review of Book of Mormon Companion: Dictionary & More.

Keywords: Dictionary; Reference; Scripture Study
ID = [59]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 3899  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Ricks, Shirley S. “Katherine Myers. The Lehi Tree: A Novel.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 1 (1997): Article 19.
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Review of The Lehi Tree: A Novel (1996), by Katherine Myers

ID = [269]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 6157  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Ricks, Shirley S. “A Sure Foundation.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 2 (2008): 253-291.
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Review of “Hugh Nibley’s Footnotes” (2008), by Ronald V. Huggins.

Keywords: Scholarship
Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > History of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley (CWHN)
Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing
ID = [617]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Ricks, Stephen D. “Adam’s Fall in the Book of Mormon, Second Temple Judaism, and Early Christianity.” In The Disciple as Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, edited by Stephen D. Ricks, Donald W. Parry, and Andrew H. Hedges, 595–605. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
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Keywords: Early Christianity; Fall of Adam; Second Temple Judaism
ID = [67909]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,old-test  Size: 20521  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Ricks, Stephen D., and John W. Welch, eds. The Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, the Bible, and Jacob 5. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book Company/Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994.
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In the Book of Mormon, the allegory of the olive tree—written by a prophet named Zenos and later quoted by the prophet Jacob to his people—stands out as a unique literary creation worthy of close analysis and greater appreciation. Besides its exceptional length and exquisite detail, this text conveys important teachings, deep emotion, and wisdom related to God’s tender devotion and aspirations for the house of Israel on earth. In The Allegory of the Olive Tree, 20 scholars shed light on the meaning, themes, and rhetorical aspects of the allegory, as well as on its historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds. In so doing, they offer answers to questions about the significance of olive tree symbolism in the ancient Near East, who Zenos was, the meaning of the allegory, what it teaches about the relationship between God and his people, how it might relate to other ancient texts, the accuracy of the horticultural and botanical details in the text, and much more.

Keywords: Allegory; Allegory of the Olive Tree; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Olive Culture; Zenos (Prophet)
ID = [75460]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 21  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:20
Ricks, Stephen D. “Ancient Views of Creation and the Doctrine of Creation ex Nihilo.” In Revelation, Reason, and Faith: Essays in Honor of Truman G. Madsen, edited by Donald W. Parry, Daniel C. Peterson, and Stephen D. Ricks, 319—38. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Genesis
Old Testament Topics > Creation
ID = [67060]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Lundquist, John M., and Stephen D. Ricks, eds. By Study and Also by Faith. 2 vols. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1990.
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These two volumes contain essays written by various authors in honor of Hugh W. Nibley. Many of the articles are related to Book of Mormon topics, such as the sacramental covenants, the Lamanite view, external evidences of the Book of Mormon, Lehi’s family and others. This work is reviewed in D.128.

ID = [77672]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:36
Lundquist, John M., and Stephen D. Ricks, eds. By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 1. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Essays in Honor of Hugh W. Nibley on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday, 27 March 1990.
Essays based on what people have learned from Hugh Nibley.

Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Symposia and Collections of Essays
Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing
ID = [2323]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  farms-books,nibley,old-test  Size:   Children: 27  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:48
Lundquist, John M., and Stephen D. Ricks, eds. By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Essays in Honor of Hugh W. Nibley on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday, 27 March 1990.
Essays based on what people have learned from Hugh Nibley.

Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing
ID = [2351]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1990-01-02  Collections:  farms-books,nibley,old-test  Size: 1153660  Children: 24  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:48
Ricks, Stephen D. “Converging Paths: Language and Cultural Notes on the Ancient Near Eastern Background of the Book of Mormon.” In Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, edited by Parry, Donald W., Daniel C. Peterson, and John W. Welch, 389-419. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
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Keywords: Ancient Near East; Early Church History; Hebraism; Nahom; Onomastics; Translation
ID = [75599]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 50265  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Ricks, Stephen D. “The Coronation of Kings.” 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 Near East; Coronation; King Benjamin; King Mosiah; Nephite Kingship
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [66477]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Parry, Donald W., and Stephen D. Ricks. The Dead Sea Scrolls: Questions and Responses for Latter-day Saints. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
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Since their initial discovery in 1947, the ancient scrolls found in caves near the Dead Sea have stirred public curiosity. For Latter-day Saints, whose scriptural tradition speaks of sacred records to come forth in the last days, the Dead Sea Scrolls naturally give rise to questions such as:
— Are there references to Christ or Christianity in the scrolls?
— Do the scrolls contain scripture missing from the Bible?
— Is the plan of salvation attested in the scrolls?
— Do the scrolls refer to Joseph Smith or other latter-day figures?
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Questions and Responses for Latter-day Saints succinctly deals with these and other questions on topics of particular interest to LDS readers. These topics are based on actual questions that Latter-day Saints have asked the authors as they have taught classes at Brigham Young University, shared their research at professional symposia, and spoken in other settings.

Topics:    Book of Moses Topics > Basic Resources > Surveys and Perspectives on Ancient Sources from Outside the Bible
ID = [2522]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  farms-books,mi,moses,old-test  Size: 135296  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:49
Ricks, Stephen D. “Death Knell or Tinkling Cymbals?” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4, no. 1 (1992): 235-250.
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Review of The Use of the Old Testament in the Book of Mormon (1990), by Wesley P. Walters.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Intertextuality
ID = [139]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 29823  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Ricks, Stephen D. “Dexiosis and Dextrarum Iunctio: The Sacred Handclasp in the Classical and Early Christian World.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 431-436.
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This article discusses the significance of the handclasp as depicted in Roman and early Christian artwork. The historical use of the sacred handclasp demonstrates the importance of the marriage covenant.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Covenant; Early Christianity; Hand Gesture; Handclasp; Marriage
ID = [543]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 12004  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Ricks, Stephen D., Donald W. Parry, and Andrew H. Hedges, eds. The Disciple as Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
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Richard Lloyd Anderson is a scholars’ scholar. Among Latter-day Saints, he is dean and master of two separate fields of academic study: the New Testament and early LDS Church history.
His passion for history has profoundly influenced his scholarly career; his passion for order and system has shaped his missionary work and directed him into studying law; and his love for Brigham Young University and loyalty to its mission and destiny have guided his academic path.
This volume, as you can see from the table of contents, contains essays written by outstanding LDS scholars on Book of Mormon Studies, Old Testament Studies and Ancient History, and New Testament Studies and Early Christian History.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Early Christian History; Early Church History; Far East; Historicity; Scholarship
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Symposia and Collections of Essays
ID = [7002]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 1013000  Children: 18  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Ricks, Stephen D., Donald W. Parry, and Andrew H. Hedges. The Disciple as Witness: Essays on Latter-day Saint History and Doctrine in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson. Provo, UT: The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
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Richard Lloyd Anderson is a scholars’ scholar. Among Latter-day Saints, he is dean and master of two separate fields of academic study: the New Testament and early LDS Church history. His passion for history has profoundly influenced his scholarly career; his passion for order and system has shaped his missionary work and directed him into studying law; and his love for Brigham Young University and loyalty to its mission and destiny have guided his academic path. This volume, as you can see from the table of contents, contains essays written by outstanding LDS scholars on Book of Mormon Studies, Old Testament Studies and Ancient History, and New Testament Studies and Early Christian History.

ID = [81725]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 19  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Ricks, Stephen D. “Editor’s Introduction.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1 no. 1 (1992).
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Introduction to the first issue of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies.

ID = [2812]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 4051  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Ricks, Stephen D. “Editor’s Introduction.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2 no. 1 (1993).
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Summary of current issue.

ID = [2825]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  farms-jbms  Size: 2564  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Ricks, Stephen D. “Editor’s Introduction.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2 no. 2 (1993).
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Summary of current issue.

ID = [2838]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  farms-jbms  Size: 2434  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Ricks, Stephen D. “Editor’s Introduction.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3 no. 1 (1994).
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Introduction to the current issue.

ID = [2854]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  farms-jbms  Size: 2028  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Ricks, Stephen D. “Editor’s Introduction.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4 no. 1 (1995).
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Introduction to this special issue of Sidney B. Sperry’s Book of Mormon writings.

ID = [2879]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 8044  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Ricks, Stephen D. “Editor’s Introduction.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 1 (1997).
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Introduction to current issue.

ID = [2942]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  farms-jbms  Size: 2117  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Ricks, Stephen D. “Editor’s Introduction.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 2 (1997).
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Introduction to the current issue.

ID = [2954]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  farms-jbms  Size: 898  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Ricks, Stephen D. “Forward or Drawrof?” The FARMS Review 19, no. 1 (2007): 343-345.
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Review of Gustav Mahler, ed. The Sealed Book of Daniel Opened and Translated: The Linear Bible Code—Reading the Book Backward.

Keywords: Bible Code; Hoax
ID = [570]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 5967  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Ricks, Stephen D. “God’s Name?” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 1 (2000): 1-4.
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Review of The Name of God: From Sinai to the American Southwest. A Script and Language of Ancient Palestine Also Found in the Ancient American Southwest (1998), by James R. Harris, assisted by Dann W. Hone

Keywords: Ancient America; Epigraphy; Grammar; Language; Petroglyphs; Typology
ID = [333]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 8181  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Ricks, Stephen D. “Heavenly Visions and Prophetic Calls in Isaiah 6 (2 Nephi 16), the Book of Mormon, and the Revelation of John.” In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 171—90. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
ID = [67048]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Ricks, Stephen D., and John A. Tvedtnes. “The Hebrew Origin of Some Book of Mormon Place Names.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 2 (1997).
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The place-names Cumorah, Jershon, and Zarahemla have possible Hebrew origins.

ID = [2968]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 10686  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Ricks, Stephen D., and John A. Tvedtnes. “The Hebrew Origin of Three Book of Mormon Place-Names.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 88-92. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Cumorah; Jershon (Land of); Language; Language - Hebrew; Onomastics; Zarahemla (Mulekite); Zarahemla (Polity)
ID = [75662]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 8055  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Ricks, Stephen D. “‘Holy War’ in the Book of Mormon and the Ancient Near East.” 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 Near East; Holy War; Warfare
ID = [66501]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
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
Ricks, Stephen D. “Hugh Nibley, Lehi in the Desert, The World of the Jaredites, There Were Jaredites.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2 (1990): Article 19.
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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.
A review of Lehi in the Desert, The World of the Jaredites, There Were Jaredites, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley vol. 5.

Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Book of Mormon
ID = [75]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review,nibley  Size: 37538  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Ricks, Stephen D. “The Ideology of Kingship in Mosiah 1-6.” 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 Egypt; Ancient Near East; Covenant; Divine Kingship; King Benjamin; Nephite Kingship
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [66474]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks. “Introduction.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, ix-xv. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
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Keywords: King Benjamin
ID = [75709]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 11848  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks. “Introduction (Made Simple).” 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 = [75723]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Ricks, Stephen D., and John A. Tvedtnes. “Jewish and Other Semitic Texts Written in Egyptian Characters.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5 no. 2 (1996).
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An Egyptian script was possibly used to write Hebrew text on the Nephite record. Documents from the correct location and time period have texts and languages in varying scripts that lend credence to this scribal phenomenon.

Keywords: Egyptian; Language; Language - Hebrew; Writing
ID = [2938]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 21608  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Ricks, Stephen D. “Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1986. “Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Book of Mormon” may be reproduced and used, without alteration, addition, or deletion, for any nonpecuniary or nonpublishing purpose without permission.
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Stephen Ricks discusses what Joseph Smith and his companions said about translating the Book of Mormon. They document the intense period of activity from April to June 1829, during which nearly all the translation took place.

Keywords: Church History
ID = [8574]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1986-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Ricks, Stephen D. “Kent P. Jackson, ed., Studies in Scripture: 1 Nephi to Alma 29; and Studies in Scripture: Alma 30 to Moroni.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 1 (1989): Article 11.
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Review of Studies in Scripture: 1 Nephi to Alma 29 (1987); and Studies in Scripture: Alma 30 to Moroni (1988), edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [50]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1989-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 7639  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks. King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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The speech of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon is a masterpiece of Christian literature. These inspired words influenced later Book of Mormon prophets for generations, and they continue to reach across time to stir countless people today. King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple is a popular abridgment of the expansive volume King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom.” Prepared with the general reader in mind, this streamlined version presents the essential contents of the original book. Eleven studies examine the classic speech from many angles, viewing it as a manual for Christian discipleship, a coronation and covenant-renewal text, an ancient farewell address, a key part of a religious celebration, a prophetic lawsuit, a masterful oration of stunning structural complexity, and much more. It acquaints readers with a great religious leader whose wisdom, inspired teachings, and parting testimony invite studious attention and lasting admiration. This book is a rich resource, spotlighting and making simple the profound meanings and intriguing complexities of Benjamin’s carefully wrought words.

ID = [6991]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 1054888  Children: 12  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks. King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
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For readers of the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin’s speech is a treasure trove of inspiration, wisdom, eloquence, and spiritual insight. King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom” is the most substantial collection of studies ever to focus exclusively on this landmark address.
The contributors examine this speech in the multifaceted contexts in which it was delivered: as a classic speech of a departing leader near the time of his death, as the focus of an annual festival season mandated anciently under the law of Moses, as part of a covenant renewal ceremony delivered within the sacred precinct of the Nephite temple in Zarahemla, and as preparation for the coronation of a new king.
Historical and linguistic tools and information are employed in these essays to help the reader to better grasp the speech’s historical setting, its doctrinal implications, its literary qualities, its influence then and now, and its overall brilliance. This book contains the complete text of the speech along with detailed notes, cross-references, textual commentary, and a select bibliography.

ID = [6990]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 1054920  Children: 14  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Ricks, Stephen D. “King, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1-6.” In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by Sorenson, John L., and Melvin J. Thorne, 209-219. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.
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The first six chapters of Mosiah are remarkable in several ways. They contain King Benjamin’s farewell address, one of the most memorable sermons we have on record. They also give us a picture of how Mosiah succeeded his father, Benjamin, to the Nephite throne. Many features of the ceremony that was involved reflect the traditions of ancient Israelite culture. First is the significance of the office of king. Second is the coronation ceremony for the new king. The details of this ceremony have parallels in Israel and other ancient Near Eastern societies and even in other parts of the world. Finally, the order of events reported in these chapters reflects the “treaty-covenant” pattern well known in ancient Israel and the ancient Near East. My discussion of these three sets of features will show how faithfully the Book of Mormon reflects these Old World practices and beliefs.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Covenant; King Benjamin; King Mosiah; Kingship
ID = [75635]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books  Size: 20468  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Ricks, Stephen D. “Kingship, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1–6.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 233-275. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
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Keywords: Coronation; King Benjamin; King Mosiah; Kingship
ID = [75717]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 75455  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Ricks, Stephen D. “Kingship, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1–6.” 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: Coronation; King Benjamin; King Mosiah; Kingship
ID = [75731]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 41126  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
King, Arthur Henry, Stephen D. Ricks, and John M. Lundquist. “Language, Humour, Character, and Persona in Shakespeare.” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by , 456-482. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Shakespeare; William
ID = [75778]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Ricks, Stephen D. “Latter-day Saint Doctrines and the Bible.” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1-2 (2002): 337-340.
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Review of Biblical Mormonism: Responding to Evangelical Criticism of LDS Theology (1994), by Richard R. Hopkins

Keywords: Apologetics; Doctrine; Theology
ID = [412]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 5026  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Ricks, Stephen D. “Lehi and Local Color.” FARMS Review 21, no. 2 (2009): 169-177.
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Review of S. Kent Brown and Peter Johnson, eds. Journey of Faith: From Jerusalem to the Promised Land.

Keywords: Ancient America; Book of Mormon Geography; Mesoamerica
ID = [637]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 22056  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Ricks, Stephen D. “Liturgy and Cosmogony: The Ritual Use of Creation Accounts in the Ancient Near East.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1981.
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The creation of the earth was repetitiously celebrated in rituals in civilizations of the ancient Near East—Babylon, Assyria, Persia, and Israel. Sources suggest that in Israel, perhaps as early as the Second Temple period, laymen recited the Genesis creation story while priests were offering sacrifices. The laymen were expected to recite the account in towns far away from Jerusalem for the benefit of those who could not go to the holy city. Hearing about the creation enabled listeners to experience a renewal of creation in their own setting.

Keywords: Old Testament; Ancient Israel
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Genesis
Old Testament Topics > Temple and Tabernacle
ID = [8575]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1981-01-01  Collections:  farms-reports,old-test  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Welch, John W., John M. Lundquist, and Stephen D. Ricks. “The Melchizedek Material in Alma 13:13-19.” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by , 238-272. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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Keywords: Alma the Younger; Melchizedek (Prophet); Plan of Redemption
ID = [75772]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Ricks, Stephen D., and Robert F. Smith. “New Year’s Celebrations.” 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: Amalickiah; Calendar System; Teancum (Nephite Captain)
ID = [66503]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Ricks, Stephen D. “On Lehi’s Trail: Nahom, Ishmael’s Burial Place.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 20, no. 1 (2011): 66-68.
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Nahom, a proper name given as the burial place of Ishmael in 1 Nephi 16:34, compellingly correlates archaeologically, geographically, and historically to the site of Nehem on the Arabian peninsula. However, as this article exhibits, some of the linguistic and etymological evidence given to connect the Book of Mormon Nahom to the Arabian Nehem is somewhat problematic.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Arabia; Ishmael; Language; Lehi’s Trail; Nahom
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [3262]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 12132  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Ricks, Stephen D. “Semitic Texts Written in Egyptian Characters.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 237-243. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Egyptian; Language; Language - Hebrew; Writing
ID = [75693]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 12952  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Parry, Donald W., and Stephen D. Ricks, eds. The Temple in Time and Eternity. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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The Temple in Time and Eternity, edited by Donald W. Parry and Stephen D. Ricks, is the second volume in the series Temples Through The Ages. The importance of the temple to a religious community of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean world can scarcely be exaggerated. The eleven articles in this volume are divided topically into three sections: “Temple in Ritual,” “Temples in the Israelite Tradition,” and “Temples in the Non-Israelite Tradition.”
The “Temple in Ritual” section features Hugh Nibley’s discussion on “Abraham’s Temple Drama,” which identifies elements of the creation drama that appear in the book of Abraham and elsewhere in the ancient world. An article by Ricks discusses oaths and oath taking in the Old Testament. John A. Tvedtnes shows that baptizing for the dead was known in various parts of the Mediterranean world and in Egypt. In a second article, Tvedtnes enlightens our understanding of the form and purposes of the temple prayer in ancient times.
Richard R. Cowan, in the section “Temples in the Israelite Tradition,” traces the development of temples to modern times. Richard D. Draper and Parry make intriguing comparisons of temple symbolism between Genesis 2–3 and Revelation 2–3, focusing particularly on promises and blessings. Alan K. Parrish shares with us insights into modern temple worship throughout the eyes of John A. Widtsoe, and Thomas R. Valletta examines priesthood and temple issues by contrasting “the holy order of the Son of God and its spurious counterpart, the order of Nehor.”
The concluding chapters of the book, grouped into the section “Temples in the Non-Israelite Tradition,” include John Gee’s discussion of getting past the gatekeeper (gleaned from various Egyptian literary corpora), a fascinating study by Gaye Strathearn and Brian M. Hauglid of the Great Mosque and its Ka’ba in light of John Lundquist’s typology of ancient Near Eastern temples, and E. Jan Wilson’s enlightening treatment of the features of a Sumerian temple.

Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Symposia and Collections of Essays
ID = [6992]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  abraham,bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Ricks, Stephen D. “Testaments: The Literary Riches of the Book of Mormon.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 2 (2004): 55-57.
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Review of David E. Bokovoy and John A. Tvedtnes. Testaments: Links between the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew Bible.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Apologetics; Linguistics; Literature
ID = [479]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 6361  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Ricks, Stephen D., John W. Welch, and Donald W. Parry. “‘This Day’” 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: Holy Days; Israelite Autumn Festival; Judaism
ID = [66475]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Ricks, Stephen D. “The Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994. Transcript of a lecture presented as part of the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.
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Stephen Ricks discusses and gives sources for what Joseph Smith himself thought and said about the translation of the Book of Mormon. Further understanding comes from what was said by colleagues and co-workers who knew him at that period of time.

Keywords: Church History; Book of Mormon
ID = [8578]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Ricks, Stephen D. “Translation of 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, 272-279. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Translation
ID = [75702]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Ricks, Stephen D. “Translation of the Book of Mormon: Interpreting the Evidence.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2 no. 2 (1993).
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The process used by Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Mormon from the plates involved both human effort and divine assistance through the seerstone and interpreters.

ID = [2851]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 14174  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Benson, RoseAnn, and Stephen D. Ricks. “Treaties and Covenants: Ancient Near Eastern Legal Terminology in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 48-61, 128-129.
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Ancient Near Eastern treaties and Old Testament covenants exhibit many of the same literary elements. Of particular interest is the use of the Hebrew word y?da? ,“to know,” when it signifies “to enter into a binding agreement.” The use of this word in both treaties and scriptures supports the notion that prophets spoke of holy covenants using language that framed responsibilities between God and his people in legal terms. The Book of Mormon usage of to know reflects similar intent. This article discusses the background of the word to know, compares treaties with covenants, discusses to know in connection with ancient Near Eastern treaties and biblical covenants, and assesses to know in Book of Mormon covenants.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Covenant; Language - Hebrew; Laws; Legal; Treaty
ID = [3157]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 67099  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
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
Ricks, Stephen D. “Wer schrieb die Schriftrollen vom Toten Meer?” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1993. German translation of “Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1993.
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Stephen Ricks briefly describes the major books found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, including biblical texts, commentaries, and lesser known documents. He addresses the question of scroll authorship and identifies two groups, the Sadducees and the Essenes, as the most likely candidates to have been the authors of these ancient documents.

Keywords: Apocrypha; Pseudepigrapha; Dead Sea Scrolls
ID = [8576]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  farms-reports  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Ricks, Stephen D. “Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1993.
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Stephen Ricks briefly describes the major books found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, including biblical texts, commentaries, and lesser known documents. He addresses the question of scroll authorship and identifies two groups, the Sadducees and the Essenes, as the most likely candidates to have been the authors of these ancient documents.

Keywords: Apocrypha; Pseudepigrapha; Dead Sea Scrolls
ID = [8577]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  farms-reports,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Parry, Donald W., and Stephen D. Ricks. “Worthy of Another Look: The Great Isaiah Scroll and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 20 no. 2 (2011).
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Numerous differences exist between the Isaiah passages in the Book of Mormon and the corresponding passages in the King James Version of the Bible. The Great Isaiah Scroll supports several of these differences found in the Book of Mormon. Five parallel passages in the Isaiah scroll, the Book of Mormon, and the King James Version of the Bible are compared to illustrate the Book of Mormon’s agreement with the Isaiah scroll.

Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
ID = [3270]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 7287  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Riddle, Chauncey C. “Code Language in the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1992.
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Recognizing that individual languages use certain conventions or codes to communicate messages, Chauncey Riddle looks at language used in the Book of Mormon to illuminate what might be hidden meanings. The code language of the Book of Mormon points toward Jesus Christ. His calling and his attributes can be found in the names used in scripture, in words used in ordinances, and in words of worship and blessing. All of this was done so that the trace of the true Savior would not become lost among the children of Israel, try as they might to avoid it.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Literature
ID = [8579]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Riddle, Chauncey C. “Korihor: Los razonamientos del la apostasia.” Preliminary Report. Spanish. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1995.
ID = [8341]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:55
Riess, Jana. “Comprehending the Book of Mormon through Its Editors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 25, no. 1 (2016): 76-84.
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Grant Hardy’s 2010 book Understanding the Book of Mormon changed the landscape of Book of Mormon studies by paying careful attention to the role of that scripture’s three primary editors, who were also narrators. Hardy teases out the specific personality of each one: Nephi, a theologian concerned with his legacy and place in history; Mormon, a historian whose choice and placement of primary sources often reveals as much as his own narration; and Moroni, the wandering survivor of one dying civilization who chose to focus his brief record on the fall of a previous one. Through detailed textual criticism, Hardy invites readers to better understand the complexity and richness of the Book of Mormon

Keywords: History; Mormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Narrative; Narrative Analysis; Narrator; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Theology
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [3342]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 20118  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Roberts, B. H. “His Final Decade: Statements About the Book of Mormon (1924-33).” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. Reprint.
ID = [8582]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom,farms-reports,roberts  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Roberts, B. H. “A Nephite’s Commandments to His Three Sons.” In “Book of Mormon Essays by B. H. Roberts” Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies.
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The story of Alma the Younger’s conversion. Just before he died, he delivered to his sons Helaman, Shiblon, and Corianton his “commandments,” a father’s advice and admonitions. Each son is different, and therefore Alma’s advice was different for each of his sons.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Helaman
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Robertson-Wilson, Marian. “A Musical Message of Faith and Repentance.” FARMS Review of Books 13, no. 2 (2001): 1-4.
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Review of Come unto Christ: The Conversion of Alma the Younger (1999), by Merrill Jenson, with text compiled by Betsy Jenson

Keywords: Alma the Younger; Conversion; Music; Repentance
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [383]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 10033  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Robinson, Stephen E. “Dan Vogel, ed., The Word of God: Essays on Mormon Scripture.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3 (1991): Article 22.
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Review of The Word of God: Essays on Mormon Scripture (1990), edited by Dan Vogel.

ID = [109]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  farms-review  Size: 19042  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Robinson, Stephen E. “Nephi’s ‘Great and Abominable Church’” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 32-39, 70.
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In 1 Nephi 13–14, Nephi describes major characteristics of the great and abominable church: it persecutes and slays the Saints of God; it seeks wealth and luxury; it is characterized by sexual immortality; it has excised plain and precious things from the scriptures; it has dominion over all the earth; and its fate is destruction by a world war. Nephi’s vision, known as an apocalyptic vision in biblical literature, corresponds well to features of Babylon as described in the apocalyptic Revelation of John (Revelation 17). Clearly, the earliest apostate church and the great and abominable church are the same. A suggested description for this phenomenon, avoiding a denominational name, is hellenized Christianity.

Keywords: Apocalyptic Vision; Great and Abominable Church; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Prophecy; Prophet; Vision
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [2978]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 29096  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Robison, Lindon J. “Economic Insights from the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1, no. 1 (1992): 35-53.
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Economic systems are distinguished by their emphasis on equity and efficiency. Market controls are justified because of the need for equity. Free markets are justified because of the need for private incentives and efficiency. Most countries of the world today have adopted a combination of controls and free-market incentives. The Book of Mormon teaches that only through caring can equity and efficiency be simultaneously achieved.

Keywords: Economics; Economy; Efficiency; Equity; Money
ID = [2814]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1969-12-31  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 43492  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Robison, Lindon J. “James W. Lucas and Warner P. Woodworth, Working toward Zion: Principles of the United Order for the Modern World.” FARMS Review of Books 10, no. 2 (1998): Article 9.
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Review of Working toward Zion: Principles of the United Order for the Modern World (1996), by James W. Lucas and Warner P. Woodworth

ID = [313]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  farms-review  Size: 7858  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Robison, Lindon J. “‘No Poor Among Them’” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 86-97, 130.
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One way that those who love God and others demonstrate their love and “at-one-ment” (the state of being one) and thereby qualify for blessings, is by imparting of their substance to the poor. When a people become of one heart and mind, there are no poor among them. The Book of Mormon describes two stages of at-one-ment that lead to a general economic equality: Complete at-one-ment (perfect observation of the laws resulting in no contentions or disputations with “all things common among them” 4 Nephi 1:3), and at-one-ment as evidenced by equality before the law (the ability to form and be governed by equitable and just laws wherein all status and social discrimination is eliminated). The love of riches and status increases divisions and separations among the people and brings poverty and iniquity.

Keywords: Atonement; Discrimination; Economic Equality; Economy; Love; Poor
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 4 Nephi
ID = [3160]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 44513  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Rogers, Chris. “A Review of the Afro-Asiatic:Uto-Aztecan Proposal.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 28 (2019).
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The purpose of this piece is to review the long-distance genetic linguistic relationship between languages of the Afro-Asiatic language family and the Uto-Aztecan language family suggested in Stubbs’s Exploring the Explanatory Power of Semitic and Egyptian in Uto-Aztecan and Changes in Languages from Nephi to Now. While such a suggestion is not novel, a linguistic connection between the New World and the Old World is especially appealing to readers of the Book of Mormon. Such a connection can potentially provide a way to determine specific cultural and social facts about the peoples and civilizations described throughout the Book of Mormon. Nevertheless, when not established by rigorous methods and scientific principles, such proposals lead to the incorrect identification of genetic linguistic relationships and unfounded extra-linguistic conclusions.

ID = [81931]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Rogers, Thomas F. “Thoughts about Joseph Smith: Upon Reading Donna Hill’s Joseph Smith: The First Mormon.” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by John M. Lundquist and Stephen D. Ricks, 585-618. Vol. 2. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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This second of two volumes of essays honoring Hugh Nibley includes scholarly papers based on what the authors have learned from Nibley. Nearly every major subject that Dr. Nibley has encompassed in his vast learning and scholarly production is represented here by at least one article. Topics include the sacrament covenant in Third Nephi, the Lamanite view of Book of Mormon history, external evidences of the Book of Mormon, proper names in the Book of Mormon, the brass plates version of Genesis, the composition of Lehi’s family, ancient burials of metal documents in stone boxes, repentance as rethinking, Mormon history’s encounter with secular modernity, and Judaism in the 20th century.
This paper first lists a number of personal experiences which are mentioned but not unduly emphasized in Donna Hill’s biography and which, taken together, appear to have been more than coincidental influences on the formulation of Latter-day Saint doctrine and Church practices.

Keywords: Criticism; Joseph; Jr.; Smith
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Joseph Smith
ID = [2370]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-02  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:48
Rolph, Daniel N. “Prophets, Kings, and Swords: The Sword of Laban and Its Possible Pre-Laban Origin.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2, no. 1 (1993): 73-79.
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The sword of Laban plays a prominent role in the Book of Mormon narrative as a Nephite national treasure. Scholarly analysis of this regal heirloom has primarily concentrated upon its physical construction in relation to ancient Near Eastern metallurgical technology. However, when examined within the cultural milieu of the ancient world, along with data from church history, the scriptures, and Jewish tradition, the sword of Laban takes on new significance. Though the Book of Mormon reveals that the sword of Laban served as an ancestral and hereditary sword of the ancient Nephite prophets, evidence suggests that the weapon may have been the birthright sword of biblical tradition, a sacred heirloom that may have been wielded by the patriarchs up until the time of Joseph of Egypt. Laban, being a descendant of Joseph, inherited the birthright sword and the plates of brass, both treasures eventually coming into the possession of Nephi, who was both a prophet and a descendant of Joseph, as was Joseph Smith Jr.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Birthright; Laban; Metallurgy; Nephi; Sword; Sword of Laban; Technology
ID = [2829]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 19016  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Romig, Ronald E. “The Printer’s Manuscript.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 2 (2002).
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Ronald Romig, archivist for the RLDS Church (now renamed the Community of Christ), played a significant role in Royal Skousen’s critical text project. Romig was responsible for overseeing the handling of the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, which was made available on two different occasions for Skousen to examine for his research. Skousen also examined over twenty copies of the first edition of the Book of Mormon belonging to the Community of Christ. Romig explains his responsibilities and the process of assisting Skousen in the project and also mentions how Skousen’s work has improved the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints and the Community of Christ.

ID = [3100]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 19461  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Romney, Marion G. “Discovering the Book of Mormon.” In Book of Mormon Talks by General Authorities, 205. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1990.
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Shows that the Book of Mormon teaches faith, courage, and how to receive a forgiveness of sins.

ID = [79374]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:49
Romney, Marion G. “The Role of the Indian.” In Book of Mormon Talks by General Authorities, 190-97. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1990.
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Discusses the establishment of Zion on the American Continent. The descendants of Joseph, through the lineage of Lehi, will be the builders of Zion with the assistance of the Gentiles. Several Book of Mormon scriptures show the role of the Lamanites in building Zion.

ID = [81079]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:11
Roper, Matthew P. “The Baptism of Little Children in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.” Insights 23, no. 3 (2003).
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In a letter to his son Moroni, Mormon warns against the practice of baptizing little children. He identifies two false assumptions of his day used to justify infant baptism: little children are born with sin (see Moroni 8:8) and will suffer divine punishment in hell if they die without having been baptized (see Moroni 8:13). While the exact nature of this aberrant practice is unknown, it was apparently common enough among the Nephites of Mormon’s day to warrant swift and unequivocal prophetic censure. Mormon describes the rite as particularly wicked and erroneous in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Keywords: Moroni; Mormon; Jesus Christ; baptism
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [66710]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-03  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Sorenson, John L., and Matthew P. Roper. “Before DNA.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12 no. 1 (2003).
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Critics of the Book of Mormon often cite genetic evidence in their attacks on the historicity of the text, saying that the lack of any Near Eastern–American Indian DNA links conclusively proves that no emigration ever occurred from the Near East to the Americas. Their simplistic approach—that the Book of Mormon purports to be a history of the entire American Indian race—is not supported by archaeological or Book of Mormon evidence. The authors pose and respond to questions about the geographical scene, the spread of Book of Mormon peoples, Latter-day Saint traditions about the scenes and peoples of the Book of Mormon, the terms Nephites and Lamanites, the possible presence of others in the land, ocean travel, Mesoamerican native traditions, languages of the Western Hemisphere, Old World peoples coming to the Americas, archaeological evidence, and ethnically distinct populations in ancient American art. These questions set out the social, cultural, and geographical contexts that are necessary for geneticists to understand before reaching major conclusions.

ID = [3108]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms,sorenson  Size: 104822  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Roper, Matthew P. “A Black Hole That’s Not So Black.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 2 (1994): 156-203.
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Review of Answering Mormon Scholars: A Response to Criticism of the Book “Coving Up the Black Hole in the Book of Mormon” (1994), by Jerald and Sandra Tanner.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Apologetics; Book of Mormon Translation; Israelite Festivals; Jesus Christ; King Benjamin’s Speech; Large Plates of Nephi; Law of Moses; Lost 116 Pages; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Plagiarism; Prophecies of; Small Plates of Nephi; Title Page
ID = [190]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 109457  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Tvedtnes, John A., John Gee, and Matthew P. Roper. “Book of Mormon Names Attested in Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9 no. 1 (2000).
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In recent years, a large number of ancient writings have been found in and around Israel. While many of these include names found in the Bible and other ancient texts, others were previously unattested in written sources. Some of these previously unattested names, though unknown in the Bible, are found in the Book of Mormon. The discovery of these Hebrew names in ancient inscriptions provides remarkable evidence for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and provides clear refutation of those critics who would place its origin in nineteenth-century America. This article explores several Book of Mormon proper names that are attested from Hebrew inscriptions. Names included are Sariah, Alma, Abish, Aha, Ammonihah, Chemish, Hagoth, Himni, Isabel, Jarom, Josh, Luram, Mathoni, Mathonihah, Muloki, and Sam—none of which appear in English Bibles.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jarom
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [3026]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 14338  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Roper, Matthew P. “Book of Mormon Swords in Mesoamerican Antiquity.” Insights 28, no. 2 (2008).
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Swords are an important weapon in the Book of Mormon narrative. The prophet Ether reported that in the final battle of the Jaredites, King Coriantumr, with his sword, “smote off the head” of his relentless enemy Shiz (Ether 15:30). Swords were also used by the earliest Nephites (2 Nephi 5:14) and were among the deadly weapons with which that people were finally “hewn down” at Cumorah by their enemies (Mormon 6:9–10). While the text suggests that some Jaredites and early Nephites may have had metal weaponry (1 Nephi 4:9; 2 Nephi 5:14; Mosiah 8:10–11; Ether 7:9), references to metal weapons, including metal swords, are rare.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; swords; Bible; Mesoamerica
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [66887]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2008-01-02  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:09
Roper, Matthew P. “Comments on the Book of Mormon Witnesses: A Response to Jerald and Sandra Tanner.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2, no. 2 (1993): 164-193.
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Critics of the Book of Mormon frequently claim that some of the Book of Mormon witnesses later doubted or denied their testimony of the Book of Mormon. They also claim that the activities of the Three Witnesses while out of the church cast doubt upon the reliability of their earlier written testimony. I review evidence for these claims and also discuss the issue of what may constitute a witness of the Book of Mormon and whether the witnesses ever doubted or denied their testimony of the Book of Mormon. Evidence for later disbelief in the Book of Mormon by the witnesses is unpersuasive. I detail several miscellaneous issues relating to Jerald and Sandra Tanner’s criticisms of the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Apologetics; Cowdery; David; Early Church History; Eight Witnesses; Gold Plates; Harris; Martin; Oliver; Testimony; Three Witnesses; Vision; Whitmer
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [2848]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 72249  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Roper, Matthew P. “Deer as ‘Goat’ and Pre-Columbian Domesticate.” Insights 26, no. 6 (2006).
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Sometime after the death of his father Jacob, Enos wrote that the Nephites raised “flocks of herds, and flocks of all manner of cattle of every kind, and goats, and wild goats” (Enos 1:21). While contemporary archaeology thus far has not yielded evidence of pre-Columbian goats, anthropologist John L. Sorenson has suggested that Book of Mormon peoples, like the Spanish writers of a later time, may have considered some species of pre-Columbian deer to be a kind of goat.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; United States; deer; Mesoamerica
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Enos
ID = [66829]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-06  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:09
Roper, Matthew P. “Early Publications on the Book of Mormon.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 18, no. 2 (2009): 38-51.
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Articles from early newspapers and other publications give rare insights into the way in which the original audience of the Book of Mormon, both believers and critics, viewed the document. A large-scale collection of these documents was not initiated until the 1930s by Francis Kirkham, with encouragement from President George Albert Smith. Kirkham later published his collection in two volumes. His work, while extensive, was not exhaustive. The 19th-Century Publications about the Book of Mormon (1829–1844), a project partnered by the Maxwell Institute and the Harold B. Lee Library, builds off of Kirkham’s original research and seeks to preserve every extant published text discussing the Book of Mormon. The collection includes more than six hundred publications related to the Book of Mormon—almost one million words of text.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Early Church History
ID = [3238]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 42969  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Peterson, Daniel C., and Matthew P. Roper. “Ein Heldenleben? On Thomas Stuart Ferguson as an Elias for Cultural Mormons.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 1 (2004): Article 12.
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Review of Stan Larson. Quest for the Gold Plates: Thomas Stuart Ferguson’s Archaeological Search for the Book of Mormon.

ID = [465]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review,peterson  Size: 105991  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Roper, Matthew P. “Eyewitness Descriptions of Mesoamerican Swords.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 1 (1996): 150-158.
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Spanish chroniclers describe the use of various swords, including the macuahuitl, in Mesoamerican culture. The macuahuitl may fit the criteria for a Book of Mormon “sword.”

Keywords: Ancient America - Mesoamerica; Book of Mormon Geography - Mesoamerica; Macuahuitl; Warfare; Weaponry – Sword
ID = [2928]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 15223  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Roper, Matthew P. “Eyewitness Descriptions of Mesoamerican Swords.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 169-176. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Mesoamerica; Weaponry
ID = [75679]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 12547  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Tvedtnes, John A., and Matthew P. Roper. “Firstlings, Sacrifices, and Burnt Offerings.” Insights 26, no. 5 (2006).
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In abridging the account of the Nephite gathering under King Benjamin, Mormon stated, “And they also took of the firstlings of their flocks, that they might offer sacrifice and burnt offerings according to the law of Moses” (Mosiah 2:3). Under Mosaic law, first-lings, or firstborn animals, were dedicated to the Lord, meaning they were given to the priests, who were to sacrifice them and consume the flesh (see Exodus 13:12–15; Numbers 18:17). The exception to this rule was the firstborn lambs used for the Passover meal, which all Israel was to eat (see Exodus 12:5–7).

Keywords: Mormon; tradition; biblical text; sacrifice; burnt offerings
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [66825]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-05  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Roper, Matthew P. “How Much Weight Can a Single Source Bear? The Case of Samuel D. Tyler’s Journal Entry.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 22, no. 1 (2013): 54-57.
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In 1838 a group of Latter-day Sints passed through Randolph County, Missouri, on their way to join the Sains at Far West. A journal entry by Samuel D. Tyler, a member of the church who traveled with this group, has led some students of the Book of Mormon to conclude that the Prophet Joseph Smith revealed the location of the ancient city of Manti spoken of in the Book of Mormon. A careful examination of the Tyler journal an dother historical sources suggests that this conclusion is unwarranted.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Geography – Heartland; Early Church History; Joseph; Jr.; Manti (Polity); Missouri; Smith
ID = [3289]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 13595  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Roper, Matthew P. “Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Covering Up the Black Hole in the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3 (1991): Article 18.
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Review of Covering Up the Black Hole in the Book of Mormon (1990), by Jerald and Sandra Tanner.

ID = [105]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 42406  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Roper, Matthew P. “Jerald Tanner and Sandra Tanner, Mormonism: Shadow or Reality?” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 61.
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Review of Mormonism: Shadow or Reality? (1987), by Jerald Tanner and Sandra Tanner

ID = [136]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  farms-review  Size: 92114  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Roper, Matthew P. “Joseph Smith, Revelation, and Book of Mormon Geography.” FARMS Review 22, no. 2 (2010): 15-85.
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Review of Bruce H. Porter and Rod L. Meldrum. Prophecies and Promises: The Book of Mormon and the United States of America.

Keywords: Ancient America; Book of Mormon Geography; Book of Mormon Geography – Heartland; Early Church History; Historicity; Joseph; Jr.; Prophecy; Smith
ID = [656]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 156964  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Roper, Matthew P., Paul J. Fields, and Atul Nepal. “Joseph Smith, The Times and Seasons, and Central American Ruins.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 22 no. 2 (2013).
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During the time the Latter-day Saints lived in Nauvoo, John Stephens and Frederick Catherwood published Incidents of Travel in Central America, an illustrated report of the first discovery of ancient ruins in Central America by explorers. These discoveries caused great excitement among the Saints, and subsequently five editorials appeared in the Times and Seasons commenting on what these meant for the church. Although the author of the editorials was not indicated, historians have wondered if Joseph Smith penned them since he was the newspaper’s editor at the time. We examined the historical evidence surrounding the editorials and conducted a detailed stylometric analysis of the texts, comparing the writing style in the editorials with the writing styles of Joseph Smith, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff—the only men involved with the newspaper during the time the editorials were published. Both the historical and stylometric evidence point toward Joseph Smith as the most likely author of the editorials. Even if he did not write them alone, he took full responsibility for the contents of the newspaper during his editorial tenure when he stated, “ I alone stand for it.”

ID = [3300]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  farms-jbms  Size: 49756  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Tvedtnes, John A., and Matthew P. Roper. “‘Joseph Smith’s Use of the Apocrypha’ Shadow or Reality?” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 2 (1996): Article 14.
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Review of ?Joseph Smith's Use of the Apocrypha? (1995), by Jerald and Sandra Tanner

Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha [including intertestamental books and the Dead Sea Scrolls]
ID = [252]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  farms-review,old-test  Size: 63242  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Roper, Matthew P. “Limited Geography and the Book of Mormon: Historical Antecedents and Early Interpretations.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 2 (2004): 225-275.
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This article discusses how geographical theories about the Book of Mormon have developed. Whereas many of the early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speculated that the Book of Mormon took place throughout all of the Americas, many present members and scholars believe it took place in the more specific region known as Mesoamerica.

Keywords: Ancient America - Mesoamerica; Book of Mormon Geography - Hemispheric; Book of Mormon Geography - Limited Geography; Book of Mormon Geography - Mesoamerica; Early Church History; Hill Cumorah; Joseph; Jr.; Orson; Pratt; Smith; Zelph
ID = [495]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 115388  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Roper, Matthew P. “Losing the Remnant: The New Exclusivist ‘Movement’ and the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Review 22, no. 2 (2010): 87-124.
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Review of Bruce H. Porter and Rod L. Meldrum. Prophecies and Promises: The Book of Mormon and the United States of America.

Keywords: Ancient America; Book of Mormon Geography; Book of Mormon Geography – Heartland; Early Church History; Historicity; Joseph; Jr.; Prophecy; Smith
ID = [657]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 79533  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Roper, Matthew P. “Mesoamerican ‘Cimeters’ in Book of Mormon Times.” Insights 28, no. 1 (2008).
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The Book of Mormon first mentions a weapon called a cimeter during the time of Enos (some time between about 544 and 421 bc). Speaking of his people’s Lamanite enemies, Enos says, “their skill was in the bow, and in the cimeter, and the ax” (Enos 1:20). Later, in the first and second centuries bc, the weapon was part of the armory of both Nephites and Lamanites in addition to swords and other weapons (Mosiah 9:16; 10:8; Alma 2:12; 43:18, 20, 37; 60:2; Helaman 1:14).

Keywords: Book of Mormon; cimeter; weapons; English
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Enos
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Helaman
ID = [66883]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:09
Roper, Matthew P. “A More Perfect Priority?” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): 362-378.
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Review of “The Priority of Mosiah: A Prelude to Book of Mormon Exegesis” (1993), by Brent Lee Metcalf.

Keywords: Anachronisms; Baptism; Birth of; Book of Mormon Translation; Criticism; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; King Benjamin’s Speech; Mosian Priority; Names of; Prophecies of; Three Witnesses
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [173]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 40842  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 20:10:11
Roper, Matthew P. “Moses, Captain Moroni, and the Amalekites.” Insights 32, no. 4 (2012).
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After Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage and crossing of the Red Sea, another enemy, the Amalekites, attacked the camp on its pilgrimage to worship God at Sinai. Moses, in response to this cowardly act, directed Joshua to fight them. For his part, Moses would stand atop a nearby hill holding the rod of God. “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.” Moses, however, was tired and could not always keep his hands up, so “Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun” (Exodus 17:8– 12, emphasis added), allowing Joshua and the men of Israel to prevail in the battle.

Keywords: Moses; Captain Moroni; Amalekites; Israel; battle
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [66651]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-04  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Roper, Matthew P. “Myth, Memory, and ‘Manuscript Found’” FARMS Review 21, no. 2 (2009): 179-223.
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Roper discusses the regularly recurring Spaulding-Rigdon theory of the origins of the Book of Mormon and disputes, once again, the claims that Joseph Smith based the Book of Mormon text on a manuscript by Solomon Spaulding. Roper refutes the existence of two Spaulding manuscripts and shows possible influences of Jedediah Morse’s Geography on Spaulding’s existing “Manuscript Story.”

Keywords: Authorship; Book of Mormon Geography; Joseph; Jr.; Smith; Spaulding Manuscript
ID = [638]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 95868  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Roper, Matthew P. “The Mythical ‘Manuscript Found’” The FARMS Review 17, no. 2 (2005): 7-140.
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Review of Wayne L. Cowdrey, Howard A. Davis, and Arthur Vanick. Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon? The Spalding Enigma.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Book of Mormon Authorship; Cowdery; Criticism; Doctor Philastus; Hurlbut; Manuscript Found; Oliver; Rigdon; Sidney; Solomon; Spaulding; Three Witnesses
ID = [512]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 306619  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Roper, Matthew P. “Nephi’s Neighbors: Book of Mormon Peoples and Pre-Columbian Populations.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): Article 8.
ID = [453]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 83920  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Read, Nicholas, Jae R. Ballif, John W. Welch, William E. Evenson, Kathleen Gee, and Matthew P. Roper. “New Light on the Shining Stones of the Jaredites.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 253-255. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Geology
ID = [75696]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Roper, Matthew P. “Noah Webster and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 2 (1995): 142-146.
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Book of Mormon descriptions of defensive fortifications are not attributable to specific nineteenth-century sources but rather to the English vocabulary of the day.

Keywords: Apologetics; Book of Mormon Translation; Fortifications; Warfare
ID = [2918]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 9495  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Roper, Matthew P. “A Note on Volcanism and the Book of Mormon.” Insights 29, no. 4 (2009).
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The account of the great destruction at the death of Christ in Third Nephi relates that many cities at the time were destroyed by fire (3 Nephi 8:14; 9:3, 9–11). In an article published in 1998, geologist Bart Kowallis argued that the destructive events, including the burning of cities described there, are consistent with the effects of a significant volcanic event. The volcanic interpretation fits particularly well in a Mesoamerican setting where volcanic events are historically common. Additional support for this interpretation can be found in Mormon’s description of the aftermath of these events. In his abridgement of the subsequent history of the people of Lehi, Mormon states that it was many years before these burned cities were rebuilt and inhabited (4 Nephi 1:6–7).

Keywords: volcanism; Book of Mormon; destruction; history
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > 4 Nephi
ID = [66929]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-04  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:09
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
Roper, Matthew P. “On Cynics and Swords.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 1 (1997): 146-158.
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Review of ?Of Cities and Swords: The Impossible Task of Mormon Apologetics? (1996), by James White

Keywords: Ancient America - Mesoamerica; Apologetics; Criticism; Macuahuitl; Metallurgy; Sword; Sword of Laban; Weaponry
ID = [267]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 28574  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Roper, Matthew P. “Revelation and the Urim and Thummim.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 280-282. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Revelation; Thummim; Urim
ID = [75703]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Roper, Matthew P. “Scripture Update: Lehi as a Visionary Man.” Insights 27, no. 4 (2007).
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One of the complaints leveled against Lehi by his rebellious sons Laman and Lemuel and his wife, Sariah, was that he was a “visionary man” (1 Nephi 2:11; 5:2). Although this term does not appear in the King James translation of the Bible, it accurately reflects the Hebrew word hazon, meaning divine vision.1 Although this Hebrew term appears in connection with true prophets of God, it is also sometimes written with a negative connotation, describing false prophets, especially in the writings of Lehi’s contemporary Jeremiah (Jeremiah 14:14; 23:16).

Keywords: Bible; Lehi; prophets; revelation; scripture
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
ID = [66857]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-04  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:09
Roper, Matthew P., Paul J. Fields, and G. Bruce Schaalje. “Stylometric Analyses of the Book of Mormon: A Short History.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 21 no. 1 (2012).
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The abundance of skeptical theories about who wrote the Book of Mormon has led many scholars to seek scientific data to discover the answer. One technique is stylometry. Having first been developed in the 1850s, stylometry seeks to find the ” wordprint” of a text. Although these stylistic studies are not as accurate as a human’s fingerprint, they can give researchers a good idea either of differences in style between authors or of who might have written a text from a list of possible authors. Beginning in the 1960s individuals have completed four major stylometric studies on the Book of Mormon, studies that varied in both findings and quality of research. In addition to these four studies, this article presents a fifth study—using extended nearest shrunken centroid (ENSC) classification—that incorporates and improves on the earlier research.

ID = [3274]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 68116  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Roper, Matthew P. “Swimming in the Gene Pool: Israelite Kinship Relations, Genes, and Genealogy.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): 129-164.
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This article discusses the possibility that DNA is not dependable evidence either for or against the veracity of the Book of Mormon. It is difficult to ascertain whether Book of Mormon people were literal descendants of Israel and how similar those genetics are with modern Israelites. Therefore, no conclusive statements can be made concerning the DNA of Book of Mormon people.

Keywords: DNA; Genealogy; Genetics; Historicity
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [454]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 80122  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Roper, Matthew P. “Swords and Cimeters in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 1 (1992).
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Roper examines the use of the terms sword and cimeter in a Mesoamerican setting as well as in the Book of Mormon text. The macuahuitl was a fearsome weapon consisting of a long, flat piece of hardwood with grooves along the side into which sharp fragments of flint or obsidian were set and glued. Our knowledge of this weapon comes more from written accounts than actual artifacts because few specimens have survived. The Book of Mormon sword of Laban was used as a model for making swords, but they were not necessarily made of the same material. The discussion in Alma 24:12 having to do with stained swords would make particular sense with wooden swords. Cimeters, or scimitars, differ from swords in having curved blades. Several kinds of swords and cimeters that were in use in ancient Mesoamerica are plausible candidates for Book of Mormon weapons.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [2994]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 44520  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Roper, Matthew P. “Unanswered Mormon Scholars.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 1 (1997): 87-145.
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Review of Answering Mormon Scholars: A Response to Criticism Raised by Mormon Defenders (1996), by Jerald and Sandra Tanner

Keywords: Alcohol; Ancient America; Anti-Mormon; Apologetics; Archaeology; B.H.; Book of Mormon Geography; Botany; Criticism; Doctrine; Early Church History; Folk Magic; Forgery; Hoax; Onomastics; Plagiarism; Roberts; Scholarship; Translation; Wine
ID = [266]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 132576  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Roper, Matthew P. “Was Aminadab a Zoramite?” Insights 24, no. 1 (2004).
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In one of the more moving narratives found in the Book of Mormon, a group of Lamanites are miraculously prevented from killing the prophets Nephi and Lehi in a prison. The Lamanites and Nephite dissenters are then redeemed from their own spiritual bondage when they are converted to Christ.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Lehi; Nephite; language
ID = [66735]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Roper, Matthew P. “Weldon Langfield, The Truth about Mormonism: A Former Adherent Analyzes the LDS Faith.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 50.
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Review of The Truth about Mormonism: A Former Adherent Analyzes the LDS Faith (1991), by Weldon Langfield.

ID = [125]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  farms-review  Size: 36458  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Fields, Paul J., Atul Nepal, and Matthew P. Roper. “Wordprint Analysis and Joseph Smith’s Role as Editor of the Times and Seasons.” Insights 30, no. 6 (2010).
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One of the issues that swirls around discus- sions of Book of Mormon geography is the rightful place the editorials in the 1842 Times and Seasons must take. The story of the editorials begins with Joseph’s receipt of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood’s Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chaipas, and Yucatan, published in 1841. In early 1842, the Times and Seasons published several enthu- siastic articles that drew attention to the discoveries of Stephens and Catherwood in Central America and compared them favorably with the Book of Mormon. Two of these articles were signed by the editor, while three other articles were unsigned. Historical sources indicate that the Prophet Joseph Smith served as editor of the paper for all of the issues published between March 1 through the October 15, 1842. During this time, however, apostles John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff assisted the Prophet in his work in the printing office. Since these articles were not specifically signed by Joseph Smith, some have questioned whether the Prophet wrote them himself, or if someone else wrote them, with or without his approval.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; geography; Joseph Smith; prophet
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [66964]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-06  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:09
Roper, Matthew P. “Yale Conference on Mormon Perspectives.” Insights 23, no. 3 (2003).
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Between 250 and 300 people took part on 27–29 March 2003 in a conference in New Haven, Connecticut, devoted to the subject of “God, Humanity, and Revelation: Perspectives from Mormon Philosophy and History.” The conference, hosted by the Divinity School of Yale University, was organized by Kenneth West, a Latter-day Saint graduate student there. The Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts was one of the conference sponsors.

Keywords: Mormon; philosophy; ancient religious texts; conference
ID = [66708]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-03  Collections:  farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Rosson, Tom. “Deification: Fulness and Remnant.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 1 (2008): 195-217.
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Review of Deification and Grace. (2007), by Daniel A. Keating.

Keywords: Deification; Early Christianity; Grace
ID = [600]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 50203  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Roulstone, Darren T. “The Pervasiveness of the Temple in Religious Thought.” FARMS Review of Books 13, no. 2 (2001): 79-86.
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Review of The Temple in Time and Eternity (1999), edited by Donald W. Parry and Stephen D. Ricks; and The Gates of Heaven: Insights on the Doctrines and Symbols of the Temple (1999), by Matthew B. Brown

Keywords: Symbolism; Temple Worship
ID = [391]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 17512  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “Ancient Literary Forms in the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1-2 (2002): 83-90.
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Review of Finding Biblical Hebrew and Other Ancient Literary Forms in the Book of Mormon (1999), by Hugh W. Pinnock

Keywords: Literature; Parallelism; Repetition; Structure
ID = [403]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 8443  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “Annual FARMS Lecture: The Book of mormon, Designed for Our Day.” In Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2 (1990): Article 0.
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Rust, in the third annual FARMS Book of Mormon lecture delivered on 27 February 1990, examin3ed literary aspects of the book that develop the primary purposes set out on the title page. He discussed the elements characteristic of an epic that will allow modern-day Lamanites to trust in the Lord's deliverance and detailed literary (especially poetic) presentations of the covenants in the Book of Mormon. Literary elements combine with the influence of the Spirit to testify of the purposes of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [88]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 54953  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:29
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “The Book of Mormon as Literature.” The FARMS Review 17, no. 2 (2005): 141-143.
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Review of James T. Duke. The Literary Masterpiece Called the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Literary Form; Literature; Rhetoric; Structure
ID = [513]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 6271  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “Book of Mormon Imagery.” In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by Sorenson, John L., and Melvin J. Thorne, 132-139. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.
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Many Book of Mormon passages are given life by the pictures or images they awake in our minds. In Ether the power comes from referring directly to “mountain waves.” The memorable picture of King Noah is not so direct, being formed from a figure of speech: the ruler is like a “dry stalk” crushed under foot. Without their imagery, these verses would lose their beauty and vitality.

ID = [75628]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books  Size: 15847  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Rust, Richard Dilworth. Feasting on the Word: The Literary Testimony of the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1997.
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Though the King James Version of the Bible has long been admired for the elegance and beauty of its language, its companion volume, the Book of Mormon, has only recently begun to be truly appreciated for its own literary merits.
In Feasting on the Word, Richard Rust shows the Book of Mormon to be not only a bounteous doctrinal storehouse but also a treasury of literary riches, bidding us to taste, touch, see, and hear in order to experience things of the Spirit. Rust explains that the text was planned purposefully and shaped artistically so that form and content are totally integrated, as they are in great works of literature.
Literary elements used by the book’s prophetic writers to invite the reader to come unto Christ include form and imagery, poetry and narrative, repetition and chiasm. Several such elements are of ancient Hebrew and Middle Eastern origin, and their presence in the Book of Mormon testifies of its conscious literary craftsmanship.
With its doctrinal content so plain and precious, the Book of Mormon fulfills both our spiritual and our artistic longings; it speaks to us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. This interconnection of truth and goodness is explored with sensitivity and intelligence and will enhance the reader’s awareness and appreciation of the truth and beauty of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [6986]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 548139  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Corless, Timothy, Richard Dilworth Rust, and S. Mahlon Edwards. “Letters.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 20 no. 1 (2011).
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Letters praising the Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture and responses to articles published therein.

ID = [3258]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 8136  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “Light: A Masterful Symbol.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 20, no. 1 (2011): 52-65.
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From God’s first creative act recorded in Genesis to the brightness with which the Savior will return in the second coming, light is ever present in scripture. Many instances in the scriptures record God’s use of light to further his purposes—the stones that provided the Jaredites light while crossing the ocean, the light by which the children of Israel were led in the wilderness, and the light that announced the Savior’s birth. None of these physical manifestations of light is without powerful symbolic meaning. At other points in scripture, light is used purely as a symbol—a symbol of truth, wisdom, power, and righteousness. More important than these, though, is that light can ultimately represent Jesus Christ himself, by whose light all can be saved.

Keywords: Creation; Jaredite; Jesus Christ; Light; Power; Righteousness; Salvation; Symbolism; Truth; Wisdom
ID = [3261]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 48443  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “The Literary Book of Mormon.” FARMS Review of Books 11, no. 1 (1999): 1-5.
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Review of “Voice from the Dust”: A Literary Analysis of the Book of Mormon” (1996), by Walter Krajewski; and A New Witness for Christ: Chiastic Structure in the Book of Mormon (1997), by H. Clay Gorton

Keywords: Chiasmus; Literature; Structure; Translation
ID = [315]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 12167  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “The Poetic Testimony of the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994. Transcript of a lecture presented as part of the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.
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In the Book of Mormon, God speaks to us in the most powerful, effective way possible by interconnecting truth, goodness, and beauty. A good deal of what the Book of Mormon says is in how it is said. Richard Rust offers examples of how the choice words and their structure help convey the testimony of the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Literature
ID = [8583]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “Poetry in the Book of Mormon.” In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by Sorenson, John L., and Melvin J. Thorne, 100-113. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.
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Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. Arranging this memorable thought from the Book of Mormon into two lines reveals its poetic character. Arranged in four lines, its neat structure is even more apparent. In this case, understanding the structure enhances our understanding of the meaning: the fall of Adam allows mankind to exist, and the potential destiny of mankind can bring ultimate joy. Rather than being an isolated example, this brief piece is just one of numerous poetic passages throughout the Book of Mormon, which are usually unrecognized as poetry because they are printed as prose. When arranged as verse, however, the poetic parts of the Book of Mormon are unveiled as having great beauty and power.

Keywords: Isaiah (Prophet); Poetry; Prophecy; Psalm of Nephi; Structure
ID = [75626]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books  Size: 21550  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
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
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “Recurrence in Book of Mormon Narratives.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3, no. 1 (1994): 39-52.
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Repetition appears purposefully within Book of Mormon narratives as a principle of reinforcement and confirmation. It seems that every important action, event, or character is repeated in the Book of Mormon. These repetitions emphasize the law of witnesses at work within the book (e.g., “in the mouth of three witnesses shall these things be established”; Ether 5:4). Further, they underscore the relevance of one character or action to people living in a different time, and they link narratives together with what Robert Alter calls “type-scenes.” Analyzed in detail as particularly striking are threefold repetitions in Nephi’s task to retrieve the brass plates and repetition of the word “power” in the missionary endeavor of the sons of Mosiah. Larger repeated narratives treat escape and travel to a promised land; repentance; and the nature, rise, and effect of secret combinations.

Keywords: Brass Plates; Missionary Work; Narrative; Nephi; Promised Land; Repentance; Repetition; Secret Combinations; Witnesses
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [2857]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 33256  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Rytting, J. Howard. “Susan Easton Black, ed. Expressions of Faith: Testimonies of Latter-day Saint Scholars.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 2 (1997): Article 9.
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Review of Expressions of Faith: Testimonies of Latter-day Saint Scholars (1996), edited by Susan Easton Black.

ID = [283]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  farms-review  Size: 19434  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Salisbury, Frank B. “The Church and Evolution: A Brief History of Official Statements.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 307-311.
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Review of William E. Evenson and Duane E. Jeffery. Mormonism and Evolution: The Authoritative LDS Statements.

Keywords: Evolution; Science
ID = [536]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 9901  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Salisbury, Frank B. “Creation by Evolution?” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 313-319.
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Review of Trent D. Stephens, D. Jeffrey Meldrum, with Forrest B. Peterson. Evolution and Mormonism: A Quest for Understanding.

Keywords: Evolution; Science
ID = [537]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 16638  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Samuelson, Cecil O. “On Becoming a Disciple-Scholar.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 2 (2008): 1-14.
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President Samuelson’s Neal A. Maxwell Lecture, delivered 23 March 2007, highlights the life and scholarship of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the man for whom the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship was named.

Keywords: Disciple-Scholar; Discipleship; Education; Scholarship
ID = [606]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 32297  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Samuelson, Cecil O., Jr.
ID = [32342]  Status = Type = xref  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  byu-studies,farms-review,general-conference  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:45
Satterfield, Bruce K. “The Divine Justification for the Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 561—94. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > History
Old Testament Topics > Jerusalem
ID = [39703]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:22
Scanlon, Rory R. “Designing Costumes for the Hill Cumorah Pageant.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 13, no. 1-2 (2004): 78-87, 171.
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The costume design for the Hill Cumorah Pageant reflects a strong understanding of the physical and artistic needs of the production as well as a good grasp of the historical setting of the Book of Mormon. Through a rich blending of theatrical techniques, the pageant dramatically re-creates scriptural episodes to underscore the wisdom of human agency based on moral choice—a message made poignantly relevant by the historical realism conveyed in large part by authentic costuming. This article explores the physical challenges of creating costumes for an outdoor drama and the historical research that influences the costume construction while staying true to the message of the script.

Keywords: Clothing; Cumorah; Hill Cumorah; Hill Cumorah Pageant; Historicity
ID = [3142]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 37625  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Archer, John B., John L. Hilton, and G. Bruce Schaalje. “Comparative Power of Three Author-Attribution Techniques for Differentiating Authors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 1 (1997).
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Over the last twenty years, various objective author-attribution techniques have been applied to the English Book of Mormon in order to shed light on the question of multiple authorship of Book of Mormon texts. Two methods, one based on rates of use of noncontextual words and one based on word-pattern ratios, measure patterns consistent with multiple authorship in the Book of Mormon. Another method, based on vocabulary-richness measures, suggests that only one author is involved. These apparently contradictory results are reconciled by showing that for texts of known authorship, the method based on vocabulary-richness measures is not as powerful in discerning differences among authors as are the other methods, especially for works translated into English by a single translator.

ID = [2946]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 31931  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Schaalje, G. Bruce. “Denote or Prove?” FARMS Review of Books 13, no. 1 (2001): 85-89.
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Review of Fingerprints of God: Evidences from Near-Death Studies, Scientific Research on Creation, and Mormon Theology (1999), by Arvin S. Gibson

Keywords: Creation; Near-Death Experience; Theology
ID = [378]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 12190  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Roper, Matthew P., Paul J. Fields, and G. Bruce Schaalje. “Stylometric Analyses of the Book of Mormon: A Short History.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 21 no. 1 (2012).
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The abundance of skeptical theories about who wrote the Book of Mormon has led many scholars to seek scientific data to discover the answer. One technique is stylometry. Having first been developed in the 1850s, stylometry seeks to find the ” wordprint” of a text. Although these stylistic studies are not as accurate as a human’s fingerprint, they can give researchers a good idea either of differences in style between authors or of who might have written a text from a list of possible authors. Beginning in the 1960s individuals have completed four major stylometric studies on the Book of Mormon, studies that varied in both findings and quality of research. In addition to these four studies, this article presents a fifth study—using extended nearest shrunken centroid (ENSC) classification—that incorporates and improves on the earlier research.

ID = [3274]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 68116  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Schade, Aaron P. “The Kingdom of Judah: Politics, Prophets, and Scribes in the Late Preexilic Period.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 299—336. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > History
ID = [39695]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:22
Scharffs, Gilbert W. “Das Buch Mormon: The German Translation of the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 1 (2002).
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While on assignment from the LDS prophet Joseph Smith to visit Jerusalem in 1840, Elder Orson Hyde of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles suggested opening a mission in Germany and translating the Book of Mormon into German. By April 1852, the new prophet, Brigham Young, had sent Daniel Carn to Germany to be the mission president and to help with the translation, and by May of the same year, Das Buch Mormon had been published. However, when East Germany was created and placed behind the “Iron Curtain,” matters grew worse for the Latter-day Saints. Because they were unable to print anything themselves, they relied on missionaries and members of the church in West Germany to smuggle copies of Das Buch Mormon into East Germany so they could have the scripture that was so central to their beliefs. Members still had to burn all manuals and church material that had been published after 1920 to avoid arrest, but since Das Buch Mormon had been published in 1852, the Saints were able to keep their copies of that scripture.

ID = [3083]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,brigham,farms-jbms  Size: 33805  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Seely, David Rolph. “Avraham Gileadi, The Literary Message of Isaiah.” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 1 (1996): Article 7.
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Review of The Literary Message of Isaiah (1994), by Avraham Gileadi.

Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
ID = [238]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  farms-review,old-test  Size: 26007  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Seely, David Rolph, and Robert D. Hunt. “Dramatis Personae: The World of Lehi.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 41—64. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
ID = [39686]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:22
Seely, David Rolph. “Explaining the Temple to the World: James E. Talmage’s Monumental Book, The House of the Lord.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 2 (2000): Article 19.
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Review of The House of the Lord: A Study of Holy Sanctuaries: A special Reprint of the 1912 First Edition (1998), by James E. Talmage.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [370]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 26476  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Seely, David Rolph. “Exploring the Isaiah Code: Ascending the Seven Steps on the Stairway to Heaven.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 2 (2004): 381-394.
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Review of Avraham Gileadi. Isaiah Decoded: Ascending the Ladder to Heaven.

Keywords: Isaiah (Book); Prophecy
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
ID = [492]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review,old-test  Size: 32693  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Seely, David Rolph. “Genesis 15 in Light of the Restoration.” In Revelation, Reason, and Faith: Essays in Honor of Truman G. Madsen, edited by Donald W. Parry, Daniel C. Peterson, and Stephen D. Ricks, 339—64. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Genesis
Old Testament Topics > Restoration and Joseph Smith
ID = [67061]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Welch, John W., David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, eds. Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Jerusalem
Old Testament Topics > Symposia and Collections of Essays
ID = [30093]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,mi,old-test,welch  Size:   Children: 23  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:35
Seely, David Rolph, and Fred E. Woods. “How Could Jerusalem, ‘That Great City,’ Be Destroyed?” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 595—610. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > History
Old Testament Topics > Jerusalem
ID = [39704]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:22
Seely, David Rolph. “Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon: Semester 3.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 5 (1993): Article 35.
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Available for free at BYU ScholarsArchive.
A review of Teachings of the Book of Mormon: Sememster 3 (1992), by Hugh W. Nibley.

Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Book of Mormon
ID = [152]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review,nibley  Size: 19490  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Seely, David Rolph. “The Image of the Hand of God in the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament.” In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by Sorenson, John L., and Melvin J. Thorne, 140-150. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.
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The image of the hand of God in both the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon stands for the Lord’s power to intervene in the affairs of men and the events of history. Comparison between the ways this image is used in the two scriptures supports what the Book of Mormon claims about its own origin.

Keywords: Deliverance; Imagery; Judgment; Mercy; Trial
ID = [75629]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,old-test  Size: 20694  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Seely, David Rolph, Jo Ann H. Seely, and John W. Welch. “Introduction.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, ix-xvi. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Display Keywords
Keywords: Jerusalem (Old World)
ID = [75531]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test,welch  Size: 9005  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Seely, David Rolph. “John W. Welch, ed., Reexploring the Book of Mormon: The F.A.R.M.S. Updates.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 5 (1993): Article 44.
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Review of Reexploring the Book of Mormon: The F.A.R.M.S. Updates (1992), edited by John W. Welch

ID = [161]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 30225  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Seely, Jo Ann H., and David Rolph Seely. “Josephus’s Portrayal of Jeremiah: A Portrait and a Self-Portrait.” In The Disciple as Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, edited by Stephen D. Ricks, Donald W. Parry, and Andrew H. Hedges, 339–58. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
Display Keywords
Keywords: Flavius Josephus; Jeremiah (Prophet)
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Jeremiah/Lamentations
ID = [67907]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  farms-books,old-test  Size: 34359  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Seely, David Rolph, and Jo Ann H. Seely. “Lehi and Jeremiah: Prophets, Priests, and Patriarchs.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 2 (1992).
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Old Testament prophet Jeremiah and Book of Mormon prophet Lehi were contemporaries, and both preached repentance to the people of Jerusalem. Despite their common love for the truth, these men led very different lives because the first was commanded to remain in Jerusalem and the latter was commanded to leave. This article examines the lives and teachings of Jeremiah and Lehi and compares them to each other, suggesting that Jeremiah’s life symbolizes God’s justice and that Lehi’s life symbolizes God’s mercy.

Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Jeremiah/Lamentations
ID = [3007]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms,old-test  Size: 66307  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Seely, David Rolph, and Jo Ann H. Seely. “Lehi and Jeremiah: Prophets, Priests, and Patriarchs.” Rev. ed. in Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 357—80. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Jeremiah/Lamentations
ID = [39697]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:22
Seely, David Rolph. “Lehi’s Altar and Sacrifice in the Wilderness.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 1 (2001): 62-69, 80.
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After the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi left Jerusalem with his family, he built an altar in the wilderness and offered a sacrifice to God. This practice appears to contradict biblical law as outlined in Deuteronomy 12, which states that sacrifices should be made only on an altar within a temple. However, David Rolph Seely provides three possible explanations as to why Lehi was not breaking the law of Moses.

Keywords: Altar; Law of Moses; Lehi (Prophet); Sacrifice; Temple; Wilderness
ID = [3060]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 33424  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Seely, David Rolph. “Nephi’s Use of Isaiah 2–14 in 2 Nephi 6–10.” In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 151—69. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
ID = [67047]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Seely, David Rolph. “‘The Old Adorns the New’ Reading the Book of Mormon in Light of the Bible.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 2 (2000): Article 6.
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Review of From Jerusalem to Zarahemla: Literary and Historical Studies of the Book of Mormon (1998), by S. Kent Brown

ID = [357]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 12257  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Seely, David Rolph. “Sacred History, Covenants, and the Messiah: The Religious Background of the World of Lehi.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 381—420. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Covenant [see also Ephraim, Israel, Jews, Joseph]
Old Testament Topics > History
ID = [39698]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:22
Seely, David Rolph. “The Ten Commandments in the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. This paper was presented at the annual Sperry Symposium on October 21, 1991. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Exodus
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
Old Testament Topics > Ten Commandments
ID = [8343]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports,old-test  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:55
Pike, Dana M., and David Rolph Seely. “‘Upon All the Ships of the Sea, and Upon All the Ships of Tarshish’: Revisiting 2 Nephi 12:16 and Isaiah 2:16.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 2 (2005): 12-25, 67-71.
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Some Latter-day Saint commentators deem a phrase that appears in 2 Nephi 12:16 but not in the parallel passage in Isaiah 2:16—“and upon all ships of the sea”—as evidence that the Book of Mormon preserves a version of this verse from the brass plates that is more complete than the Hebrew or King James readings. One scholar’s conclusions in this regard are reviewed and then critiqued for ignoring the complexities of the ancient Hebrew and Greek versions of the Bible. The authors examine Isaiah 2:16 in its broader literary context, noting that the 2 Nephi reading alters a pattern of synonymous couplets; analyze the Greek and Hebrew texts of the verse; and relate their findings to the Book of Mormon reading. They discuss the inherent limitations of textual criticism in this kind of study and conclude that LDS and non-LDS scholars are open to different interpretive possibilities owing to the role that faith plays in one’s approach to and interpretation of textual evidence.

Keywords: Brass Plates; King James Bible; Language; Ship; Textual Criticism
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
ID = [3168]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms,old-test  Size: 88782  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Seely, David Rolph. “‘We Believe the Bible to Be the Word of God, as Far as It Is Translated Correctly’: Latter-day Saints and Historical Biblical Criticism.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 8 no. 1 (2016).
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In 1842 Joseph Smith published the basics of Latter-day Saint (LDS) belief in thirteen articles of faith. In Article of Faith 8 he succinctly set forth their belief about the Bible: “We believe the Bible to be the word of God.” While there is no evidence that Smith was familiar with Maimonides or his writings, in a strange coincidence Maimonides, in the twelfth century, also set forth thirteen principles of Jewish belief, and number 8 in his list also dealt with the Bible: “I believe with perfect faith that the entire Torah that is now in our possession is the same that was given to Moses our teacher, peace be upon him.”

Keywords: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Bible studies; religious scholarship
ID = [7073]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  farms-sba  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Welch, John W., and David Rolph Seely. “Zenos and the Texts of the Old Testament.” In The Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, the Bible, and Jacob 5, ed. Stephen D. Ricks and John W. Welch, 322—46. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book; Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994.
Display Abstract  

The chronology of the use of plant imagery

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Enos
Old Testament Scriptures > Psalms/Proverbs/Ecclesiastes/Song of Solomon
Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
Old Testament Topics > Types and Symbols
ID = [67901]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test,welch  Size: 43618  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Seely, Jo Ann H. “‘Bringing Them Out of the Land of Jerusalem.’ A Photo Essay.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 65—80. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
Old Testament Topics > Jerusalem
ID = [39687]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:22
Seely, Jo Ann H. “Donald W. Parry, The Book of Mormon Text Reformatted according to Parallelistic Patterns.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 5 (1993): Article 37.
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Review of The Book of Mormon Text Reformatted according to Parallelistic Patterns (1992), by Donald W. Parry

ID = [154]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 15887  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Welch, John W., David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, eds. Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Jerusalem
Old Testament Topics > Symposia and Collections of Essays
ID = [30093]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,mi,old-test,welch  Size:   Children: 23  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:35
Seely, David Rolph, Jo Ann H. Seely, and John W. Welch. “Introduction.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, ix-xvi. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
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Keywords: Jerusalem (Old World)
ID = [75531]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test,welch  Size: 9005  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Seely, Jo Ann H., and David Rolph Seely. “Josephus’s Portrayal of Jeremiah: A Portrait and a Self-Portrait.” In The Disciple as Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, edited by Stephen D. Ricks, Donald W. Parry, and Andrew H. Hedges, 339–58. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
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Keywords: Flavius Josephus; Jeremiah (Prophet)
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Jeremiah/Lamentations
ID = [67907]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  farms-books,old-test  Size: 34359  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Seely, David Rolph, and Jo Ann H. Seely. “Lehi and Jeremiah: Prophets, Priests, and Patriarchs.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 2 (1992).
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Old Testament prophet Jeremiah and Book of Mormon prophet Lehi were contemporaries, and both preached repentance to the people of Jerusalem. Despite their common love for the truth, these men led very different lives because the first was commanded to remain in Jerusalem and the latter was commanded to leave. This article examines the lives and teachings of Jeremiah and Lehi and compares them to each other, suggesting that Jeremiah’s life symbolizes God’s justice and that Lehi’s life symbolizes God’s mercy.

Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Jeremiah/Lamentations
ID = [3007]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms,old-test  Size: 66307  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Seely, David Rolph, and Jo Ann H. Seely. “Lehi and Jeremiah: Prophets, Priests, and Patriarchs.” Rev. ed. in Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 357—80. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Jeremiah/Lamentations
ID = [39697]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:22
Sharp, Daniel B. “Vicarious Baptism for the Dead: 1 Corinthians 15:29.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 6 no. 1 (2014).
ID = [7044]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections:  farms-sba  Size: 67137  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Sherlock, Richard. “Blake Ostler’s Mormon Theology.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 291-305.
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Review of Blake T. Ostler. Exploring Mormon Thought: The Attributes of God. and Blake T. Ostler. Exploring Mormon Thought: The Problems of Theism and the Love of God.

Keywords: Philosophy; Theology
ID = [535]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 36914  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Sherlock, Richard. “Mormonism and Intelligent Design.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 2 (2006): 45-81.
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The theory of intelligent design is an explanation for the origin and evolution of life on earth. Latter-day Saints should be sympathetic toward intelligent design.

Keywords: Evolution; Intelligent Design; Science
ID = [549]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 85449  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Shipps, Jan. “A Bird’s-Eye View of the Mormon Prophet.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): 443-451.
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Review of Robert V. Remini. Joseph Smith.

Keywords: Criticism; Joseph; Jr.; Smith
ID = [450]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 19970  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Shirley, Keith. “Letter.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 21 no. 2 (2012).
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Letters praising the Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture and responding to articles published therein.

ID = [3278]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 3905  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
McGregor, Russell C., and Kerry A. Shirts. “Letters to an Anti-Mormon.” FARMS Review of Books 11, no. 1 (1999): 90-298.
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Review of Letters to a Mormon Elder: Eye-Opening Information for Mormons and the Christians Who Talk with Them (1993), by James R. White

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Criticism
ID = [323]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 198002  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Shirts, Kerry A. “Terminating Some Terminology Problems Between Evangelical Chrsitians and Mormon Christians.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 1 (2000): Article 17.
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Review of “Terminology” (1998), by Jerald and Sandra Tanner

ID = [346]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  farms-review  Size: 26500  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Graham, Daniel W., and James L. Siebach. “Philosophy and Early Christianity.” FARMS Review of Books 11, no. 2 (1999): 210-220.
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The early church was unable to continue once the apostles had departed. Bishops were only local officials and could not speak for the entire church. Beginning with the later second century, philosophy plays an increasingly important role in the church—this appears to be an effect rather than a cause of the apostasy.

Keywords: Early Christianity; Philosophy
ID = [330]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 23565  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Siegel, Lee. “Out of the Dust.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 1 (1992).
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It is highly unlikely that an object found in Lake Michigan could be a Jaredite barge. Lee Siegel reports about an archaeological dig at Piedras Negras, Guatemala, conceived and run by Brigham Young University’s Dr. Stephen Houston. A bronze sword discovered in Texas may be an Old World artifact. A linguist documents convincingly that the Ket language in western Siberia shares cognates with the Na-Dene language family of North America, thus showing possible transcontinental linguistic links.

ID = [3002]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 17325  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Silver, Cherry B. “Connecting the Nephite Story to Mesoamerican Research.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 1 (2000): 23-34.
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Review of Images of Ancient America: Visualizing Book of Mormon Life (1998), by John L. Sorenson

Keywords: Ancient America; Book of Mormon Geography; Maya; Mesoamerica; Native Americans - Olmec
ID = [336]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 25116  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Silver, Cherry B. “John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne, eds., Rediscovering the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 60.
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Review of Rediscovering the Book of Mormon (1991), edited by John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne.

ID = [135]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 7643  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Silver, Cherry B. “Mormon Culture: A Worldview.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 1 (2008): 73-93.
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Review of Terryl L. Givens. People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture.

Keywords: Culture; Mormon Studies
ID = [596]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 44269  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Sjodahl, Janne M. “The Book of Mormon Plates.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 1 (2001): 22-24, 79.
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Janne Sjodahl discusses how the Book of Mormon would have taken up less space on the plates than in its current translated and printed form. Because the plates were written in a language comparable to Hebrew, Sjodahl had fourteen pages of the English Book of Mormon translated into Hebrew and written out. This Hebrew text covered only one page. According to this finding, the Book of Mormon could be written using as few as twenty-one plates (or even forty-eight if written in larger characters). Sjodahl presents estimates of the size and weight of the plates.

Keywords: Characters; Gold Plates; Language - Hebrew; Writing; Writing System; Epigraphy
ID = [3054]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 19264  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Skinner, Andrew C. “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the World of Jesus.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 2 no. 1 (2010).
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The Dead Sea Scrolls constitute a seminal resource for understanding the context of the early Christian community and several New Testament texts. Soon after their discovery, some very sensational claims were made about the Qumran community and its literature (the scrolls) in terms of their connection to Jesus and his followers. While these have largely been dismissed, and serious and persistent scholarship over the years has shown that there were differences between the Qumran community and early Christianity, significant similarities do exist. These similarities line up largely according to the following categories: common scripture and its interpretation, theological ideas, vocabulary and practices, importance of the temple, eschatological and apocalyptic orientation, and the centrality of messianic expectations. This essay attempts to highlight some of the most significant of these parallels to show that both the New Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls are products of the same roots, that we should expect to find certain commonalities, and that to fully understand one corpus of writings, we have to know something about the other.

ID = [7021]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  farms-sba,old-test  Size: 77733  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Skinner, Andrew C. “Joseph Smith Vindicated Again: Enoch, Moses 7:48, and Apocryphal Sources.” In Revelation, Reason, and Faith: Essays in Honor of Truman G. Madsen, edited by Donald W. Parry, Daniel C. Peterson, and Stephen D. Ricks, 365—82. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Genesis
Old Testament Topics > Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha [including intertestamental books and the Dead Sea Scrolls]
Old Testament Topics > Moses
ID = [67062]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  farms-books,old-test,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:22
Skinner, Andrew C. “Nephi’s Lessons to His People: The Messiah, the Land, and Isaiah 48–49 in 1 Nephi 19–22.” In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 95—122. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 1 Nephi
Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
ID = [67045]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Skinner, Andrew C. “Serpent Symbols and Salvation in the Ancient Near East and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 2 (2001): 42-55, 70-71.
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The serpent is often used to represent one of two things: Christ or Satan. This article synthesizes evidence from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Greece, and Jerusalem to explain the reason for this duality. Many scholars suggest that the symbol of the serpent was used anciently to represent Jesus Christ but that Satan distorted the symbol, thereby creating this paradox. The dual nature of the serpent is incorporated into the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Duality; Jesus Christ; Paradox; Satan; Serpent; Snake; Symbolism
Topics:    Old Testament Topics > Types and Symbols
ID = [3072]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms,old-test  Size: 53486  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Skousen, Royal. “The Archaic Vocabulary of the Book of Mormon.” Insights 25, no. 5 (2005).
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In my work as editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project (which began in 1988), I was initially interested in discovering the original English-language text of the book. But I soon came to the conclusion that it would be impossible to fully recover the original text by scholarly means, in large part because only 28 percent of the original manuscript is extant. In addition, there are obvious errors in the original manuscript itself that require conjectural emendation. As I have worked on the text of the Book of Mormon, I have come to some surprising conclusions regarding the nature of the original text itself, conclusions that I had not at all expected when I started my work transcribing the original and printer’s manuscripts of the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; vocabulary; manuscript; language
ID = [66794]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-05  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Skousen, Royal. “Bible II.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 2 (1994): 1-2.
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Review of The Bible II (1991). This book is in actuality the Book of Mormon with some differences.

Keywords: Book of Mormon
ID = [179]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 3974  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Skousen, Royal. “A Call for Emendations.” Insights 23, no. 5 (2003).
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As I have been working on the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, people have occasionally written or talked to me about passages in the Book of Mormon that seem strange or difficult. A good many have made specific suggestions about emendations (or revisions to the text). Surprisingly, a large percentage of these have ended up being correct or have led me to come up with an appropriate emendation.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; evidence; volume; FARMS; history
ID = [66723]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-05  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Skousen, Royal. “Conjectural Emendation in the Book of Mormon.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 187-231.
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Royal Skousen explains what a critical text is and discusses his own critical text of the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Conjectural Emendation; Critical Text; Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Textual Criticism
ID = [532]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 80994  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Skousen, Royal. “Critical Methodology and the Text of the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): 121-144.
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Review of New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology (1993), edited by Brent Lee Metcalfe.

Keywords: Criticism; Historicity; Methodology
ID = [167]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 56831  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Skousen, Royal. “The Critical Text of the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994. Transcript of a lecture given at the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.
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A critical edition of the Book of Mormon has two main objectives. The first is to determine the original text of the Book of Mormon to the extent that it can be determined. The second is to determine the history of the text, as it has changed over the many editions of that book that have been published. Royal Skousen describes the history of the early manuscripts and editions of the Book of Mormon in order to better understand this book of scripture.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Literature; Mormon Studies
ID = [8587]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Skousen, Royal. “The Earliest Textual Sources for Joseph Smith’s ‘New Translation’ of the King James Bible.” The FARMS Review 17, no. 2 (2005): Article 13.
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Review of Scott H. Faulring, Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds. Joseph Smith's New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts.

Topics:    Book of Moses Topics > Joseph Smith Translation (JST) > Translation
ID = [521]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  farms-review,moses  Size: 37848  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Skousen, Royal. “Findings about the Printer’s Manuscript.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 2 (2002).
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Royal Skausen gives information about the history, corrections, and the use of the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [3101]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 4846  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Skousen, Royal. “Fragments of Original Manuscript Discovered.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 269-271. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Translation
ID = [75701]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Skousen, Royal. “Hebraic Conditionals in 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, 201-203. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Hebraism
ID = [75685]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Skousen, Royal. “History of the Critical Text Project o the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 2 (2002).
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Royal Skousen details the history of the critical text project of the Book of Mormon. He describes that project, including his work with both the original manuscript and the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon. After six years of pursuing this venture, Skousen was asked by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to temporarily resign as a professor at Brigham Young University and focus primarily on the project. Skousen agreed, and for the following seven years he continued his work on the Book of Mormon text, often collaborating with the Church Scriptures Committee. In this article, Skousen shares several discoveries that have surfaced because of his research and the meaning that those discoveries have had in his life.

ID = [3098]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 44330  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Skousen, Royal. “How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7 no. 1 (1998).
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Details of the translation process Joseph Smith used for translating the Book of Mormon from the plates can be adduced from statements of witnesses and from evidence in the original and printer’s manuscripts. According to witnesses, Joseph Smith often translated without the plates being present and used the interpreters to receive the revealed text. Evidence from the manuscripts themselves shows that the original manuscript was written from dictation, that Joseph Smith was working with at least twenty words at a time, that Joseph Smith could see the spelling of names, that the scribe repeated the text to Joseph Smith, and that the word chapter and the corresponding chapter numbers were not part of the revealed text. The manuscripts and text show that Joseph Smith apparently received the translation word for word and letter for letter, in what is known as “tight control.”

ID = [2976]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 34039  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Skousen, Royal. “Introducing the Dead Sea Scrolls to an LDS Audience.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 2 (2000): 441-444.
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Review of The Dead Sea Scrolls: Questions and Responses for Latter-day Saints (2000), by Donald W. Parry and Stephen D. Ricks

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls
ID = [372]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review,old-test  Size: 9391  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Skousen, Royal. “Jacob 4-6: Substantive Textual Variants.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1992. This paper has been prepared for presentation at the F. A.R.M.S. conference on “The Olive and Jacob 5,” the Fifth Annual F.A.R.M.S. Lecture on the Book of Mormon.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
ID = [8586]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Skousen, Royal. “John Gilbert’s 1892 Account of the 1830 Printing of the Book of Mormon.” In The Disciple as Witness: Essays on Latter-day Saint History and Doctrine in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, edited by Ricks, Stephen D., Parry, Donald W., and Hedges, Andrew H. Provo, UT: The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
ID = [81860]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,church-history,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Skousen, Royal. “The Original Book of Mormon Transcript.” 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: Book of Mormon Translation; Cowdery, Oliver; Early Church History; Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Textual History
ID = [66445]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:06
Skousen, Royal. “The Original Language of the Book of Mormon: Upstate New York Dialect, King James English, or Hebrew?” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3, no. 1 (1994): 28-38.
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The original text of the Book of Mormon contains complex, Hebrew-like constructions that have been subsequently removed from the text because of their non-English character.

Keywords: Early Church History; Language; Language - Hebrew; Original Text; Structure; Translation
ID = [2856]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 18658  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Skousen, Royal. “The Pleading Bar of God.” Insights 24, no. 4 (2004).
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Near the end of his life, the prophet Nephi referred to the day of judgment and declared that we, the readers of the Book of Mormon, will stand face to face with him before the bar of Christ (2 Nephi 33:11). Similarly, the prophets Jacob and Moroni referred to meeting us when we appear before “the pleasing bar” of God to be judged.

Keywords: Nephi; pleasing bar; original manuscript; Joseph Smith
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [66756]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-04  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Skousen, Royal. “‘Scourged’ vs. ‘Scorched’ in Mosiah 17:13.” Insights 22, no. 3 (2002).
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Very often in my work on the critical text of the Book of Mormon, I have discovered cases where the text reads inappropriately. Book of Mormon researchers have typically attempted to find some circumstance or interpretation to explain a difficult reading, but in many cases I have found that difficult readings are actually the result of simple scribal errors.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Mosiah; text; manuscript
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [66664]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-03  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Skousen, Royal. “The Systematic Text of the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 2 (2002).
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Royal Skousen explains in detail the internal consistency of the original text of the Book of Mormon. He references several verses of the Book of Mormon to discuss five main points: consistency in meaning; systematic phraseology; variation in the text; conjectural emendation; and revising the text. By examining these five aspects, Skousen shows that neither the message nor the doctrine of the Book of Mormon loses credibility as a result of textual changes. Skousen also mentions that the consistency in the manuscripts suggests that Joseph Smith did not receive the text as a concept but rather received it word for word.

ID = [3103]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 56408  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Skousen, Royal. “Textual Variants in the Isaiah Quotations in the Book of Mormon.” In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 369—90. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
ID = [67054]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Reynolds, Noel B., and Royal Skousen. “Was the Path Nephi Saw ‘Strait and Narrow’ or ‘Straight and Narrow’?” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 2 (2001): 30-33, 70.
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The two spellings strait and straight are often considered synonymous; however, they come from different Middle English words and have different meanings. Strait means “narrow” or “tight,” whereas straight means “not crooked.” The difference in these meanings affects the interpretation of the scriptural phrase “strait/straight and narrow path” and others like it. Reynolds and Skousen explore possible meanings that the original Book of Mormon authors may have intended in their use of the two words.

Keywords: Middle English; Nephi; Straight; Strait
ID = [3070]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 17888  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Skousen, Royal. “Worthy of Another Look: John Gilbert’s 1892 Account of the 1830 Printing of the Book of Mormon.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 21, no. 2 (2012): 58-72.
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In 1892, when John Gilbert was 90 years old, he made a statement about the process of setting the type for the Book of Mormon at the Grandin Print Shop. John was the compositor (or typesetter) for the 1830 edition of the book. He makes claims about the number of manuscript pages, the number of copies and the price, the number of ems (a measure of type width) per printed page, a comparison of manuscript versus printed pages, a description of the font, the process of receiving the pages to typeset, proofreading the title page, the decision not to correct grammatical errors, scribes for the printer’s manuscript, paragraphing and punctuation, capitalization in the manuscript, Gilbert’s taking work home to punctuate, and details about the signatures. In every aspect, Gilbert’s recollections are either precisely correct or easily explained.

Keywords: 1830 Book of Mormon; Early Church History; Gilbert; Grammar; John; NY; Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Palmyra; Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Structure
ID = [3283]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 42268  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Slayton, Jessica. “‘There cannot be any more Bible!’: Nineteenth-Century Visual Art and the Production of Memory in The Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (2018).
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The Book of Mormon, told by a variety of narrators over a period of hundreds of years, is deeply concerned with remembrance and the written production of memory. As each narrator grows old and finishes his time recording the events of his people, he hands down the plates to a son or other trusted, younger male companion to continue writing the history and preserving the memories of their people. In this paper, I’d like to argue that nineteenth-century visual art becomes a continuation of the concern for and production of memory so present in The Book of Mormon itself. The book’s proclamation of itself as Bible-“And because my words shall hiss forth-many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible”-establishes its reliance on its own participation in the production of memory and highlights its own limited ability (given its status as a completed text) to continue the process of memory generation. I will first examine how The Book of Mormon presents the recording of memory and then turn to C. C. A. Christensen as a case study on how visual art entered the Mormon religious sphere in the nineteenth century as a way of re-recording the stories.

ID = [81907]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Sloan, David E. “The Anthon Transcripts and the Translation of the Book of Mormon: Studying It Out in the Mind of Joseph Smith.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 2 (1996): 57-81.
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Prophesying of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, Nephi foretold that an unlearned man would be asked by God to read the words of a book after a learned man had failed to do so. The unlearned man was initially unwilling, claiming, “I am not learned” (2 Nephi 27:19). One interpretation of Nephi’s account is that Joseph Smith could not translate the Book of Mormon before the meeting of Martin Harris and Charles Anthon. Early historical accounts are consistent with this interpretation. However, according to Joseph Smith—History 1:64, Harris did take a translation to Anthon. Although this translation has not been found, evidence exists of similarities between this document and documents produced during the preliminary stages of the translation of the Book of Abraham. These similarities suggest that the document taken to Anthon was a preliminary and unsuccessful attempt to translate the Book of Mormon, during which Joseph Smith studied the translation problem out in his own mind as he qualified himself to receive the revealed translation from God.

Keywords: Anthon; Anthon Transcript; Charles; Early Church History; Harris; Joseph; Jr.; Martin; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Prophecy; Prophet; Smith; Translation
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
ID = [2934]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  abraham,bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 63476  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Sloan, David E. “The Book of Lehi and the Plates of Lehi.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 2 (1997).
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Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon consistently use such phrases as “Book of Lehi,” “plates of Lehi,” and “account of Nephi” in distinct ways.

Keywords: Lehi (Prophet); Lost 116 Pages; Plates
ID = [2971]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 8299  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Sloan, David E. “The Book of Lehi and the Plates of Lehi.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 59-62. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Lehi (Prophet); Lost 116 Pages; Plates
ID = [75654]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Sloan, David E. “Nephi’s Convincing of Christ through Chiasmus: Plain and Precious Persuading from a Prophet of God.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6, no. 2 (1997): 67-98.
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One of the principal themes of Nephi’s writings on the small plates is his desire to convince others of Christ. A second, related theme is his desire to write plain and precious things on those plates. Some of the most plain and precious writings of Nephi are those instances in which he used the name Christ in chiasmus or other forms of poetry. Perhaps more than any other portion of his words, Nephi intended these plain and precious writings to convince both Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the one true Messiah.

Keywords: Chiasmus; Chiastic; Jesus Christ; Messiah; Parallelism; Plain and Precious Things
ID = [2958]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 74952  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Smith, Alana. “Messianic Time and The Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (2018).
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Walter Benjamin famously claimed that “only a redeemed mankind is granted the fullness of its past-which is to say, only for a redeemed mankind has its past become citable in all its moments. Each moment it has lived becomes a citation a l’ordre du jour. And that day is Judgment Day.” The Book of Mormon (1830) posits a pathway to redemption for believers and organizes all time around the coming of Christ. I aim to use Benjamin’s model of messianic time to interpret the complicated formal and narrative temporalities in The Book of Mormon and to offer a possible answer to the question, “Why did The Book of Mormon materialize when and where it did?” The Book of Mormon anticipates its own appearance in the nineteenth century. This temporal peculiarity authorizes my reading of the sacred text in its economic and historical context. I will argue that Joseph Smith’s discovery and translation of the plates he unearthed on a hillside in Palmyra, New York, presented a challenge to the capitalist perception of time that threatened to further disenfranchise Smith and others in the Burned-over District.

ID = [81911]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Smith, Andrew C. “Deflected Agreement in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 21, no. 2 (2012): 40-57.
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Deflected agreement is a grammatical phenomenon found in Semitic languages—it is ubiquitous in Arabic and found occasionally in Classical Hebrew. Deflected agreement is a plausible explanation for certain grammatical incongruities present, in translation, within the original and printer’s manuscripts and printed editions in the Book of Mormon in the grammatical areas of verbal, pronominal, and demonstrative agreement. This finding gives greater credence to the plausibility of the authenticity and historicity of the Book of Mormon. Additionally, the implications of this finding on Book of Mormon scholarship are discussed.

Keywords: Arabic; Authenticity; Deflected Agreement; Demonstrative Agreement; Grammar; Historicity; Language; Language - Hebrew; Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Pronominal Agreement; Semitic; Structure; Verbal Agreement
ID = [3282]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 71001  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Smith, D. Brent. “The House Of Israel And Native Americans.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1984.
ID = [8589]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1984-01-01  Collections:  farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Smith, Gregory L. “‘Days of Miracle and Wonder’ The Faith of Sam Harris and the End of Religion.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 1 (2008): Article 1.
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Review of Sam Harris. The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.

ID = [604]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections:  farms-review  Size: 60943  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Smith, Gregory L. “George D. Smith’s Nauvoo Polygamy.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 2 (2008): Article 5.
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Review of George D. Smith. Nauvoo Polygamy: &ldquo. . . But we called it celestial marriage.”

ID = [609]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections:  farms-review  Size: 206339  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Smith, Gregory L. “Often in Error, Seldom in Doubt: Rod Meldrum and Book of Mormon DNA.” FARMS Review 22, no. 1 (2010): 17-161.
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Review of Rod L. Meldrum. Rediscovering the Book of Mormon Remnant through DNA.

Keywords: Ancient America; Book of Mormon Geography; Book of Mormon Geography – Heartland; DNA; Native Americans
ID = [644]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 338980  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Smith, Gregory L. “Shattered Glass: The Traditions of Mormon Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Encounter Boyd K. Packer.” Mormon Studies Review 23, no. 1 (2011): 61-85.
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President Boyd K. Packer's October 2010 general conference address met with criticism from people opposed to the stance of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on same-sex marriage and homosexual acts. Critics portrayed President Packer's printed clarification of his words as backing down under pressure. Six of his past addresses are reviewed here demonstrating that the clarification matches his past teachings. Critics' claims about President Packer's views are also shown to be inconsistent with his published views over many years. The reaction of Mormons for Marriage (M4M), a group of Latter-day Saints dedicated to opposing the church's stance on California Proposition 8, is examined. Despite promising to avoid any criticism of the church and its leaders, M4M is shown to indulge in both. M4M also recommends materials hostile to the church, its leaders, and its standards of morality. Examples of M4M's scriptural and doctronal justifications of its stance are also examined. The critics' arguments in favor of altering Latter-day Saint teaching regarding homosexual acts are critiqued.

Keywords: Same-Sex Attraction
ID = [673]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 95683  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/26/24 5:51:59
Smith, James E. “Nephi’s Descendants? Historical Demography and the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): 255-296.
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Review of “Multiply Exceedingly: Book of Mormon Populations Sizes” (1993), by John C. Kunich

Keywords: Ancient America; Criticism; Historicity; Population Size
ID = [171]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 101133  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 20:09:00
Smith, James E. “A Study of Population Size in the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994. Transcript of a lecture given at the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.
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James Smith lists the population numbers given in the text of the Book of Mormon, and discusses what the possible population growth might have been. Comments in the Book of Mormon about multiplying exceedingly and filling the land are indicative that Nephite fertility was indeed high. He discusses the possibility that other peoples were assimilated into the Nephite and Lamanite groups.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Society
ID = [8588]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Smith, Julie M. “An Analysis of Benjaminite and Markan Christology.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 26 (2017).
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The term Christology refers to the presentation of the life and nature of Jesus Christ. The purpose of this essay is to explore King Benjamin’s Christology (see Mosiah 3), to consider its similarities to that found in the Gospel of Mark, and to explore some implications of Benjamin’s Christology. Christology is often described as being on a continuum from low (which emphasizes the human nature of Jesus) to high (which emphasizes his divine nature). It is definitely the case that Benjamin’s description of Jesus contains elements of a high Christology since he begins by describing Jesus as “the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity” (Mosiah 3:5). Yet the very next line describes Jesus as “dwell[ing] in a tabernacle of clay” (Mosiah 3:5), which reflects a decidedly low Christology. This emphasis on the mortal nature of Jesus continues as Benjamin relates at length Jesus’s physical suffering (see Mosiah 3:7).

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Omni
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [81899]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Smith, Julie M. “Five Impulses of the Joseph Smith Translation of Mark and Their Implications for LDS Hermeneutics.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 7 no. 1 (2015).
ID = [7052]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections:  farms-sba  Size: 45406  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Smith, Julie M. “Point Our Souls to Christ: Lessons from Leviticus.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 1 no. 1 (2009).
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In recent years, the study of Leviticus has been galvanized by anthropologist Mary Douglas. Douglas’s central insight was that Leviticus relies on analogical thinking, which means that each part of the law cannot be understood on its own but only by comparing it with other parts of the law of Moses. This paper uses an analogical approach to Leviticus in order to explore what the law of Moses teaches about Jesus Christ. Details of the various offerings; laws regarding food, contact, and illness; and holy days are examined analogically in order to show what ancient prophets in the New and Old Worlds already knew: that the law of Moses can \"[point] our souls to Christ.\"

Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Leviticus
ID = [7015]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections:  farms-sba,old-test  Size: 37650  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Smith, Julie M. “‘She Hath Wrought a Good Work’: The Anointing of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 5 no. 1 (2013).
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In silence, an unnamed woman approaches Jesus and pours ointment on his head. Responding to criticism from his disciples, Jesus not only defends the woman’s actions but states that wherever the gospel is preached, her story will be told as a memorial of her (Mark 14:9). This enigmatic story has, surprisingly, received very little comment from biblical scholars over the centuries. Yet it is a veritable treasure trove of insight into the person of Jesus and his ministry: (1) anointing was, as Jesus himself explains, a preparation for his burial. Both Jesus and the woman who anoints him understand that he will soon die; (2) anointing was also, in the biblical tradition, part of the coronation ritual for kinds (see example, 1 Samuel 10:1)--both Jesus and the woman who anoints him understand that he is the King of Kings; (3) a point where the disciples seem to understand only the glorious aspect or the suffering aspect of Jesus’s mission, the anointing woman’s actions show that she understands that both aspects must be integrated in the atoning mission of Jesus Christ; and (4) the Joseph Smith Translation of Mark 14:8 on first reading does not appear to add much to the story but on closer examination reveals a chiasmus that strengthens and nuances Jesus’s praise of the woman.

ID = [7038]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  farms-sba  Size: 34994  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Smith, Larry K. “First Nephi: Study Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 2 (1995): 3-5.
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Review of First Nephi: Study Book of Mormon (1998), by Zarahemla Research Foundation.

Keywords: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Scripture Study; Study Helps
ID = [213]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 5957  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Smith, Larry K. “LDS Collectors Edition CD-ROM.” Review of Books on Book of Mormon 7, no. 2 (1995): 255-264.
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Review of LDS Collectors Edition CD-ROM (1994, 1995), by Infobases.

Keywords: Scholarship; Scripture Study; Study Helps
ID = [221]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,farms-review  Size: 17184  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Smith, Larry K. “Overview of the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 2 (1995): 1-2.
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Review of Overview of the Book of Mormon (1991), by Zarahemla Research Foundation.

Keywords: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Study Helps
ID = [212]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 5309  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Welch, John W., and Miriam A. Smith. “Joseph Smith: ”Author and Proprietor”.” 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: Book of Mormon Copyright; Book of Mormon Translation; Latter-day Saint History (1820-1846); Smith; Joseph; Jr.
ID = [66486]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:22
Thompson, John S., and R. Eric Smith. “Isaiah and the Latter-day Saints: A Bibliographic Survey.” In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 445—509. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
ID = [67059]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Welch, John W., Robert F. Smith, and Gordon C. Thomasson. “Abinadi and Pentecost.” 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: Abinadi (Prophet); Moses (Prophet); Pentecost; Psalms (Book)
ID = [66481]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smith, Robert F. “Assessing the Broad Impact of Jack Welch’s Discovery of Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 16, no. 2 (2007): 68-73, 98-99.
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The attitude held by certain sectors of the anti-Mormon crowd has changed over the years, even to the point where some no longer deny the literary merit and beauty of the Book of Mormon. Although an assessment of the impact of Jack Welch’s work and writing on chiasmus may be premature, it is clear that his work on the subject incited the expansion of other literary analyses of the Book of Mormon and encouraged the publication of their results. Welch’s work influenced studies and analyses on chiasmus in Classic Mayan texts, and his publications have contributed much to the discipline of chiastic analyses.

Keywords: Chiasmus; Chiastic; Literary; Literature; Maya; Mesoamerica
ID = [3217]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 26425  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Sorenson, John L., and Robert F. Smith. “Barley in Ancient America.” 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 - North America; Archaeology; Barley
ID = [66479]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,sorenson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smith, Robert F. “Book of Mormon Event Structure: The Ancient Near East.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. Reprinted with permission from Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5/2 (1996): 98-147.
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Robert Smith works out a detailed chronology of events in Palestine and the surrounding area from 793-445 B.c. to show what was happening in the years prior to Lehi’s departure from Jerusalem and journey to and settlement of the New World. He also describes the topographical and climatic conditions of the land through which Lehi and his colony may well have traveled on their way to the Americas.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Chronology
ID = [8591]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Smith, Robert F. “Book of Mormon Event Structure: The Ancient Near East.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5 no. 2 (1996).
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The Book of Mormon annals open in an ancient Near Eastern context. The archaeological-historical context is carefully outlined here within a systematic chronology that is tied to fixed, absolute dates of recorded astronomical events—particularly those from cuneiform eponym calendars. The resultant matrix allows those early Book of Mormon events to be understood in a rational, familiar, and meaningful way—that is, in a biblical context. In addition, an excursus is devoted to understanding the Arabia of the Book of Mormon as the Lehite exiles must have known it. Throughout it is clear that the world depicted by the Book of Mormon dovetails remarkably well with what we know of the ancient Near East.

ID = [2936]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 107057  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Thomasson, Gordon C., John W. Welch, and Robert F. Smith. “Dancing Maidens and the Fifteenth of Av.” 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: Amulonites; Ancient Near East; Calendar System; Daughters of the Lamanites; Festival; Holy Days; Jewish Calendar; Marriage; Priests of King Noah
ID = [66482]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smith, Robert F. “Epistolary Form in the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Review 22, no. 2 (2010): 125-135.
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The claim that a personal letter in the Book of Mormon mimics a form indicative of modern rather than ancient composition is critiqued. The majority of letters in the Book of Mormon follow the ancient Hittite-Syrian, Neo-Assyrian, Amarna, and Hebrew epistolary format in which the correspondent of superior rank is always listed first. Other clues to ancient composition are noted.

Keywords: Epistle; Language; Mormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Structure; Writing
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mormon
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [658]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 29548  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Smith, Robert F. “Evaluating the Sources of 2 Nephi 1:13-15: Shakespeare and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 22 no. 2 (2013).
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The early and persistent claim that Joseph Smith quoted Shakespeare in the Book of Mormon fails to take into account the broader context of sources. Much closer parallels than Shakespeare are available in the Bible as well as in ancient Near Eastern literature. Indeed, the constellation of ideas about death expressed in 2 Nephi 1:13–15 fits that ancient Near Eastern context in several powerful ways—ways that belie the claim that Joseph Smith plagiarized Shakespeare.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
ID = [3301]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 22648  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Smith, Robert F. “The ”Golden” Plates.” 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: Early Church History; Gold Plates; Metallurgy; Smith; Joseph; Jr.; Tumbaga
ID = [66524]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smith, Robert F. “‘It Came to Pass’ in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1980.
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No abstract available.

Keywords: It Came to Pass; Language - Hebrew; Translation
ID = [1525]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1980-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-reports  Size: 23464  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:41
Smith, Robert F. “The Land of Jerusalem: The Place of Jesus’ Birth.” 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 Near East; Bethlehem; Jerusalem (Old World); Jesus Christ; Birth of; Kingdom of Judea; Land of Jerusalem; Prophecy
ID = [66491]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smith, Robert F. “Lodestone and the Liahona.” 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: Compass; Liahona; Metallurgy; Nephi (Son of Lehi)
ID = [66455]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smith, Robert F. “New Information about Mulek, Son of the King.” 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: Destruction of Jerusalem; Language - Hebrew; Mulek (Son of King Zedekiah)
ID = [66483]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Ricks, Stephen D., and Robert F. Smith. “New Year’s Celebrations.” 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: Amalickiah; Calendar System; Teancum (Nephite Captain)
ID = [66503]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Sorenson, John L., Gordon C. Thomasson, and Robert F. Smith. “Old World Languages in the New World.” 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; Anthropology; Language - Uto-Aztecan
ID = [66451]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,sorenson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smith, Robert F. “Ramses II BYU Exhibit: Supplementary Comments on the Artifacts.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1986.
ID = [8590]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1986-01-01  Collections:  farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Smith, Robert F. “Shakespeare and the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1980.
ID = [1523]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1980-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-reports  Size: 28903  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:41
Smith, Robert F. “Table of Relative Values.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8, no. 2 (1999): 46.
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This table compares Nephite weights and measures with Egyptian values and gives possible equivalents in grams and ounces.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Economics; Economy; Egypt; Nephite; Weights and Measures
ID = [3009]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 1729  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Smith, Robert F. “Textual Criticism of the Book of Mormon.” 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: Textual Criticism
ID = [66463]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smith, Robert F., and John L. Sorenson. “Two Figurines From the Belleza and Sanchez Collection.” 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; Ancient Egypt; Archaeology; Transoceanic Contact
ID = [66447]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,sorenson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:06
Smith, Robert F., John W. Welch, and Gordon C. Thomasson. “What Did Charles Anthon Really Say.” 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: Anthon; Charles; Book of Mormon Translation; Harris; Martin; Latter-day Saint History (1820-1846)
ID = [66462]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Fox, David, Roger R. Keller, Bruce W. Warren, John W. Welch, Paul Y. Hoskisson, Deloy Pack, and Robert F. Smith. “Words and Phrases.” 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: Language; Wordplay
ID = [66526]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Smoot, Stephen O. “Council, Chaos, and Creation in the Book of Abraham.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 22, no. 2 (2013): 28-39.
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The Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price depicts the creation, including the motifs of the divine council, primeval chaos, and creation from preexisting matter. This depiction fits nicely in an ancient Near Eastern cultural background and has strong affinities with the depiction of the cosmos found in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern texts (especially Egyptian and Mesopotamian).

Keywords: Abraham (Prophet); Ancient Near East; Chaos; Cosmos; Council; Creation; Pearl of Great Price
ID = [3296]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  abraham,bmc-archive,farms-jbms  Size: 52038  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:55
Smoot, Stephen O. “The Faith and Reason of Michael R. Ash.” FARMS Review 21, no. 2 (2009): 225-237.
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Review of Michael R. Ash. Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Keywords: Apologetics; Book of Mormon; Early Church History; Evidence; Faith; Joseph; Jr.; Prophet; Smith
ID = [642]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 31624  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:33
Snow, Edgar C., Jr. “John W. Welch and Doris R. Dant, The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Teichert.” FARMS Review of Books 10, no. 2 (1998): Article 6.
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Review of The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Teichert (1997), by John W. Welch and Doris R. Dant

ID = [303]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 11916  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Snow, Edgar C., Jr. “Narrative Criticism and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4 no. 2 (1995).
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This paper suggests the use of narrative criticism, a recent literary interpretive tool, as a favorable method of Book of Mormon interpretation. As an example of narrative interpretation, the narrative by Samuel the Lamanite in Helaman 13–16 is analyzed as a discrete narrative portion of the Book of Mormon for the exploration of the possibilities of a narrative critical approach to its text. Instead of focusing on the content of Samuel’s exhortations, lamentations, and prophecies in order to understand these passages, I interpret the surrounding narrative and find it serves as an impressive complement to the doctrinal content of Samuel’s discourse.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Helaman
ID = [2914]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 35353  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Snow, Edward. “Allan K. Burgess, Living the Book of Mormon: A Guide to Understanding and Applying Its Principles in Today’s World.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 41.
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Review of Living the Book of Mormon: A Guide to Understanding and Applying Its Principles in Today's World (1991), by Allen K. Burgess.

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Sorensen, A. Don. “The Problem of the Sermon on the Mount and 3 Nephi.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 2 (2004): Article 9.
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Review of William D. Russell. “A Further Inquiry into the Historicity of the Book of Mormon.” Sunstone, September–October 1982, 20–27.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
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Sorenson, John L. “Ancient Europeans in America?” 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 - North America; Transoceanic Contact; Transoceanic Voyage
ID = [66472]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,sorenson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Sorenson, John L. “Ancient Voyages Across the Ocean to America: From ‘Impossible’ to ‘Certain’” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 4-17, 124-125.
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In the past, experts have assumed that primitive sailors would have found it impossible to cross the oceans between the Old World and the New. However, John Sorenson here concludes that the evidence for transoceanic contacts now drowns out the arguments of those who have seen the New World as an isolated island until ad 1492. Sorenson’s arguments are based on evidences from Europe, Asia, and Polynesia of the diffusion of New World plants and infectious organisms. His research identifies evidence for transoceanic exchanges of 98 plant species, including tobacco and peanuts. The presence of hookworm in both the Americas and the Old World before Columbus also serves as evidence to establish transoceanic contact.

Keywords: Contact; Isolation; New World; Old World; Transoceanic Voyage; Voyage
ID = [3154]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms,sorenson  Size: 58518  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Sorenson, John L. “Animals in the Book of Mormon: An Annotated Bibliography.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1992.
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This annotated bibliography compiled by John Sorenson makes accessible a range of information about animals in the Book of Mormon. It also includes an appendix of animal references in the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Reviews and Bibliographies; Ancient America - Mesoamerica; Ancient America - North America; Ancient America - South America; Animal Husbandry; Bibliography; Ecology; Elephants; Horses
ID = [8593]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-reports,sorenson  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:57
Sorenson, John L., and Robert F. Smith. “Barley in Ancient America.” 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 - North America; Archaeology; Barley
ID = [66479]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,sorenson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Sorenson, John L., and Matthew P. Roper. “Before DNA.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12 no. 1 (2003).
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Critics of the Book of Mormon often cite genetic evidence in their attacks on the historicity of the text, saying that the lack of any Near Eastern–American Indian DNA links conclusively proves that no emigration ever occurred from the Near East to the Americas. Their simplistic approach—that the Book of Mormon purports to be a history of the entire American Indian race—is not supported by archaeological or Book of Mormon evidence. The authors pose and respond to questions about the geographical scene, the spread of Book of Mormon peoples, Latter-day Saint traditions about the scenes and peoples of the Book of Mormon, the terms Nephites and Lamanites, the possible presence of others in the land, ocean travel, Mesoamerican native traditions, languages of the Western Hemisphere, Old World peoples coming to the Americas, archaeological evidence, and ethnically distinct populations in ancient American art. These questions set out the social, cultural, and geographical contexts that are necessary for geneticists to understand before reaching major conclusions.

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Sorenson, John L. “The Book of Mormon as a Collectible.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10 no. 1 (2001).
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This article discusses the evolution of book collecting, particularly by Latter-day Saints. Although the circle of book collectors used to be small, it has since expanded, probably because of the spread of the Internet. Latter-day Saints throughout the world are now able to locate and purchase old and rare books within minutes. While this innovation can be productive and beneficial, the easy access can be risky. Because people are so anxious to buy these types of books, they have the potential to be deceived by those who create fraudulent products, and unlike the older, more experienced buyers, newcomers often do not inspect books closely for authenticity and condition before purchasing them. Because of these potential mistakes, it is essential that book collectors be more aware of the risks and take the necessary precautions to avoid them.

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Sorenson, John L. “Centenary of a Giant.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9 no. 2 (2000).
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It has been 100 years since George Reynolds published his massive work, A Complete Concordance of the Book of Mormon. Reynolds worked on this project, begun while serving a prison sentence for polygamy, over 21 years of his life. He tabulated virtually every word used in the Book of Mormon except a few of the most common words, and gave a portion of the sentence in which each cited word appeared. He himself paid all the printing costs.

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Sorenson, John L. “Challenging Conventional Views of Metal.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 187-189. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Ancient America; Mesoamerica; Metallurgy
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Sorenson, John L. “Comments on Nephite Chronology.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2 no. 2 (1993).
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Revisions of Nephite chronology in the Book of Mormon occur as scholarship on various issues improves.

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Sorenson, John L. “The Composition of Lehi’s Family.” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by John M. Lundquist and Stephen D. Ricks, 174-196. Vol. 2. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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This second of two volumes of essays honoring Hugh Nibley includes scholarly papers based on what the authors have learned from Nibley. Nearly every major subject that Dr. Nibley has encompassed in his vast learning and scholarly production is represented here by at least one article. Topics include the sacrament covenant in Third Nephi, the Lamanite view of Book of Mormon history, external evidences of the Book of Mormon, proper names in the Book of Mormon, the brass plates version of Genesis, the composition of Lehi’s family, ancient burials of metal documents in stone boxes, repentance as rethinking, Mormon history’s encounter with secular modernity, and Judaism in the 20th century.
A microanthropological examination of what the text reveals regarding the composition and demography of Lehi’s party from the beginning of their sojourn in the Arabian wilderness to their arrival in the promised land.

Keywords: Family; Ishmael; Ishmael’s Wife; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Joseph (Son of Lehi); Laman (Son of Lehi); Lehi (Prophet); Lemuel (Son of Lehi); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Sam (Son of Lehi); Sariah
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Book of Mormon
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Sorenson, John L. “‘A Day and a Half’s Journey for a Nephite’” 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–Mesoamerica; Narrow Neck of Land
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Sorenson, John L. “The Decline of the God Quetzalcoatl.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 234-236. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Ancient America; Mesoamerica; Quetzalcoatl