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Hoskisson, Paul Y. “Aaron’s Golden Calf.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 375-387.

This article provides insights on the story of Aaron and the golden calf in the Bible, explaining why Aaron may have decided to make it and why his punishment for doing so was minor in comparison to other biblical reprimands.

Keywords: Aaron (Brother of Moses); Golden Calf; Idol Worship; Idolatry
ID = [539]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Reed, Michael G. “Abanes’s ‘Revised’ History.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 1 (2004): 99-109.

Review of Richard Abanes. One Nation under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Criticism
ID = [461]  Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
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.
Keywords: Abinadi (Prophet); Moses (Prophet); Pentecost; Psalms (Book)
ID = [66481]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Parker, Todd B. “Abinadi: The Man and the Message.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1996. Transcript of a lecture given at the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.

Todd Parker discusses the meaning of Abinadi’s name and compares his circumstances to those of John the Baptist and his message to that of King Benjamin. He points out legal pretexts for Abinadi’s trial from Old Testament passages, and demonstrates how the priests of King Noah misunderstood the function of prophecy. Abinadi provides several examples of types and shadows pointing to the mission of Christ.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Christ
ID = [8550]  Type = talk  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Jensen, Robin Scott. “Abner Cole and The Reflector: Another Clue to the Timing of the 1830 Book of Mormon Printing.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 24, no. 1 (2015).
ID = [3332]  Type = journal article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 15932  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:48
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1 no. 1 (1992).
ID = [2824]  Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2 no. 1 (1993).
ID = [2837]  Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2 no. 2 (1993).
ID = [2853]  Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3 no. 2 (1994).
ID = [2878]  Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3 no. 1 (1994).
ID = [2868]  Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4 no. 2 (1995).
ID = [2921]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5 no. 1 (1996).
ID = [2931]  Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5 no. 2 (1996).
ID = [2941]  Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 1 (1997).
ID = [2953]  Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “About the Contributors.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 2 (1997).
ID = [2972]  Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Gee, John. “Abracadabra, Isaac and Jacob.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 1 (1995): 19-84.

Review of “The Use of Egyptian Magical Papyri to Authenticate the Book of Abraham: A Critical Review” (1993), by Edward H. Ashment.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Book of Abraham; Criticism
ID = [198]  Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Gee, John. “Abraham and Idrimi.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 22, no. 1 (2013): 34-39.

Idrimi of Alalakh lived in Syria about a century after Abraham and left an autobiographical inscription that is the only such item uncovered archaeologically from Middle Bronze Age Syro-Palestine. The inscription of Idrimi and the Book of Abraham share a number of parallel features and motifs. Some of the parallels are a result of similar experiences in their lives and some are a result of coming from a similar culture and time.

Keywords: Abraham (Prophet); Ancient Near East; Archaeology; Idrimi
ID = [3287]  Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,farms-jbms,old-test  Size: 24559  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:45
Ostler, Blake T. “Abraham: An Egyptian Connection.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1981.

Blake Ostler examines what relationship exists between the papyri of the ancient Egyptian Book of Breathings possessed by Joseph Smith and the Book of Abraham. Ostler finds that Joseph Smith, in associating vignettes of the Book of the Dead to explain Abraham’s experiences, was actually duplicating an ancient practice about which he could not have known from secular sources available in his day.

Keywords: Pearl of Great Price; Book of Abraham
ID = [1520]  Type = journal article  Date = 1981-09-02  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,farms-reports,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:50
Tvedtnes, John A. “Abrahamic Lore in Support of the Book of Abraham.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999. Transcript of a lecture presented on 10 March 1999 as part of the FARMS Book of Abraham Lecture Series.

Stories about Abraham circulated in ancient times and were continued into the medieval period. Many of these accounts were then lost and have come to light only recently. John Tvedtnes examines several such stories— ranging from creation accounts to the attempted sacrifice of Abraham— and shows how they support the Book of Abraham.

Keywords: Abraham (Prophet); Book of Abraham; Creation; Human Sacrifice
ID = [1530]  Type = journal article  Date = 1999-03-10  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,farms-reports,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:50
Nibley, Hugh W. “Abraham’s Creation Drama.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999. Transcript of a lecture presented on 6 April 1999 as part of the FARMS Book of Abraham Lecture Series.

Hugh Nibley discusses how Abraham was an ordinary man who held no office and worked no miracles, and yet he was one of the greatest minds of the last forty centuries. Nibley discusses Abraham’s relationship with the temple and gives an overview of the ancient temple. He also shows how the Book of Abraham answers what Nibley calls the “terrible questions”: Where do I come from? Why am I here? How does the universe figure in the gospel? How did it all begin, and how will it all end? Nibley argues that the vision given to Abraham in the Book of Abraham contains stage directions indicating that the vision is dramatized, and the Book of Abraham includes the script.

Keywords: Pearl of Great Price; Abraham
ID = [8358]  Type = journal article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = abraham,farms-reports,nibley  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Nibley, Hugh W. “Acclamatio: (Never Cry Mob).” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1985.
ID = [8367]  Type = journal article  Date = 1985-01-01  Collections = farms-reports,nibley  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Wright, Mark Alan. “‘According to Their Language, unto Their Understanding’: The Cultural Context of Hierophanies and Theophanies in Latter-day Saint Canon.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 3 no. 1 (2011).

The prophet Nephi declared that the Lord speaks to his people “according to their language, unto their understanding” (2 Nephi 31:3). Religious beliefs are an integral part of a culture’s shared “language,” and the ways in which individuals interpret supernatural manifestations is typically mediated through their cultural background. The hierophanies recorded in Latter-day Saint canon directly reflect the unique cultural background of the individuals who witnessed them. This paper analyzes several distinct hierophanies witnessed by prophets in both the Old and New Worlds and discusses the cultural context in which such manifestations occur, which aids modern readers in obtaining a greater understanding of the revelatory process recounted in these texts.

ID = [7028]  Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-sba  Size: 33024  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Murphy, John M. “Acquiring and Preserving Written Records: A Sacred Commission.” The FARMS Review 19, no. 2 (2007): 67-69.

This article discusses the importance of recording sacred experiences and preserving other written records.

Keywords: Memory; Recordkeeping; Writing
ID = [580]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Aston, Warren P. “Across Arabia with Lehi and Sariah: ‘Truth Shall Spring out of the Earth’” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15 no. 2 (2006).

Utilizing techniques adapted from literary criticism, this paper investigates the narrative structure of the Book of Mormon, particularly the relationship between Nephi’s first-person account and Mormon’s third-person abridgment. A comparison of the order and relative prominence of material from 1 Nephi 12 with the content of Mormon’s historical record reveals that Mormon may have intentionally patterned the structure of his narrative after Nephi’s prophetic vision—a conclusion hinted at by Mormon himself in his editorial comments. With this understanding, readers of the Book of Mormon can see how Mormon’s sometimes unusual editorial decisions are actually guided by an overarching desire to show that Nephi’s prophecies have been dramatically and literally fulfilled in the history of his people.

ID = [3189]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 37175  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:40
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.
Keywords: Early Christianity; Fall of Adam; Second Temple Judaism
ID = [67909]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,old-test  Size: 20521  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:32
Butler, John M. “Addressing Questions Surrounding the Book of Mormon and DNA Research.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 101-108.

Butler discusses the premises of the DNA argument between supporters and critics of the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: DNA; Genetics; Jaredite; Lehite; Mulekite; Native Americans
ID = [528]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Peterson, Daniel C. “Afterword.” FARMS Review of Books 11, no. 2 (1999): 300-328.

In response to the articles in this issue, Peterson notes that Latter-day Saints do not extend themselves to expose and attack other faiths. He further discusses, among other things, an open canon and continuing revelation, salvation as outlined in the scriptures, the ordinances of the gospel, revelation following the incarnation and resurrection of Christ, the biblical canon, inerrancy, biblical texts, the Book of Abraham, and the nature of God.

Keywords: Book of Abraham; Interfaith Dialogue; Open Canon; Ordinances; Resurrection; Revelation; Salvation
ID = [328]  Type = journal article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,farms-review,peterson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Nibley, Hugh W. “An Age of Discovery.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1985.

It is very important for Latter-day Saints to keep pace, more or Less, with the fast-moving developments in the fields of Bible and related studies. By failing to do this we run the risk of laboring to accommodate our religion to scientific and scholarly teachings that have long since been superceded, altered, or completely discarded.

ID = [8359]  Type = journal article  Date = 1985-01-01  Collections = farms-reports,nibley  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Ball, Terry B., and Wilford M. Hess. “Agriculture in Lehi’s World: Some Textual, Historical, Archaeological, and Botanical Insights.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 149—92. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
ID = [39690]  Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:27:47
Hoskisson, Paul Y. “Alan Ashton Delivers Annual Neal A. Maxwell Lecture.” Insights 32, no. 2 (2012).

Testifying of the purifying power of Christ in an address entitled “Oh How Surely Christ Sanc­ tifies His Own,” Alan C. Ashton, cofounder of WordPerfect Corporation and Thanksgiving Point, gave the seventh annual Neal A. Maxwell Lecture on April 12, 2012.

Keywords: Christ; lecture; BYU; discipleship
ID = [66988]  Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-02  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Nelson, Fred W. “Alan C. Miner. Step by Step through the Book of Mormon: The Story in Scriptures--A Geographical, Cultural, and Historical System of Understanding and Step by Step through the Book of Mormon: A Cultural Commentary, Part 1--Through the Wilderness to the Promised Land.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 1 (1997): Article 7.

Review of Step by Step through the Book of Mormon: The Story in Scriptures? A Geographical, Cultural, and Historical System of Understanding (1996), and Step by Step through the Book of Mormon: A Cultural Commentary, Part 1?Through the Wilderness to the Promised Land (1996), by Alan C. Miner

ID = [260]  Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
McKinlay, Daniel B. “Alan Goff, ‘A Hermeneutic of Sacred Texts: Historicism, Revisionism, Positivism, and the Bible and the Book of Mormon?’” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2 (1990): Article 12.

Review of “A Hemeneutic of Sacred Texts: Historicism, Revisionism, Postitiveism, and the Bible and Book of Mormon” (1989), by Alan Goff.

ID = [68]  Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Hilton, John L., and Ken Jenkins. “All Book of Mormon References by Author and Literary Form: A Full Listing of Book of Mormon References by Author and Literary Form.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1983.
ID = [8397]  Type = journal article  Date = 1983-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Hedges, Andrew H. “All My Endeavors to Preserve Them: Protecting the Plates in Palmyra, 22 September-December 1827.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 2 (1992).

After Joseph Smith received the gold plates from the angel Moroni, he had to take great measures to protect them from people who wanted to steal them for their monetary value. Although Joseph did not leave much documentation of such experiences, the people who were closely associated with him at the time did. Using what records still exist, Hedges pieces together some of the stories of Joseph’s challenges in obtaining and protecting the gold plates.

ID = [3006]  Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 51188  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:28
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.

Review of Fun for Family Night: Book of Mormon Edition (1990), by Allan K. Burgess and Max H. Molgard.

ID = [92]  Type = review  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
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.

Review of Living the Book of Mormon: A Guide to Understanding and Applying Its Principles in Today's World (1991), by Allen K. Burgess.

ID = [116]  Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Livingstone, Amy L. “Allan K. Burgess. Timely Truths from the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 1 (1997): Article 4.

Review of Timely Truths from the Book of Mormon (1995), by Allan K. Burgess

ID = [257]  Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
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.

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]  Type = book  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 21  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Thomas, M. Catherine. “Alma the Younger (Parts 1 & 2).” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1996. Transcript of a lecture given at the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.

Catherine Thomas places Alma and his teachings within the context of the premortal existence to show his concern for the plan of redemption. She notes that some spirits were notably more responsive in their faith than others and that Israel was there organized. Alma’s discourses are set against his dramatic conversion, from a condition of abject wickedness to that of a highly motivated saint. His transformation serves as a model of encouragement for the lost soul seeking a higher state.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Teachings
ID = [8605]  Type = talk  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Conkling, J. Christopher. “Alma’s Enemies: The Case of the Lamanites, Amlicites, and Mysterious Amalekites.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 108-117, 130-132.

In Alma 21 a new group of troublemakers is introduced—the Amalekites—without explanation or introduction. This article offers arguments that this is the same group called Amlicites elsewhere and that the confusion is caused by Oliver Cowdery’s inconsistency in spelling. If this theory is accurate, then Alma structured his narrative record more tightly and carefully than previously realized. The concept also challenges the simplicity of the good Nephite/bad Lamanite rubric so often used to describe the players in the book of Mormon.

Keywords: Amalekite (Nephite Apostate Group); Amlicite; Apostasy; Cowdery; Critical Text; Oliver; Spelling; Translation
ID = [3163]  Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 52368  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:38
Turley, Kylie N. “Alma’s Hell: Repentance, Consequence, and the Lake of Fire and Brimstone.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 28 (2019).

Alma The Younger’s missionary journey to Ammonihah is one of the most disturbing episodes in the Book of Mormon: scriptures are burned (Alma 14:8); converted males are “cast out” and stoned by former friends (Alma 14:7); Amulek, a respected citizen, and Alma, high priest of the church and retired chief judge, are spit upon, mocked, imprisoned, stripped naked, humiliated, starved, and beaten (Alma 14:4-22); and innocent women and children are “cast into the fire” and burned to death (Alma 14:8). Alma and Amulek are “carried… forth to the place of martyrdom;’ and forced to “witness” (Alma 14:9) the “pains of the women and children’’ as they are “consuming in the fire” (Alma 14:10). These events, the Ammonihahite disregard for human life, and the fire are horrifying and extraordinarily cruel.

ID = [81921]  Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Allred, Philip A. “Alma’s Use of State 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, 157-163. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: Alma the Younger; Authorship; Corianton (Son of Alma); Doctrine; Postmortal Life; Resurrection; State
ID = [75677]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 12038  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Allred, Philip A. “Alma’s Use of State in the Book of Mormon: Evidence of Multiple Authorship.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5 no. 1 (1996).

Alma’s distinctive use of the word state in the Book of Mormon is present in his unique concentration of state, his tendency to reword with state, and his treatment of a shared topic involving state.

ID = [2926]  Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Jackson, Kent P. “Am I a Christian?” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1-2 (2002): 131-137.

Review of “Is Mormonism Christian?” (2002), by Craig L. Blomberg

Keywords: Criticism
ID = [415]  Type = review  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Welch, John W., and John M. Lundquist. “Ammon and Cutting Off the Arms of Enemies.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
Keywords: Ammon (Son of King Mosiah); Ancient Egypt; Ancient Near East; Warfare
ID = [66494]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Yerman, Bruce E. “Ammon and the Mesoamerican Custom of Smiting off Arms.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 1 (1992).

Ammon, a Nephite missionary who chose to serve a Lamanite king as his servant, gained fame by cutting off the arms of the king’s enemies. The practice of smiting off arms of enemies as trophies fits a cultural pattern known among the later Aztecs and Maya in pre-Spanish Mesoamerica.

ID = [2996]  Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Jenkins, Joseph A. “An Analysis from a Teacher’s Perspective.” FARMS Review of Books 13, no. 2 (2001): 57-58.

Review of Charting the Book of Mormon (1999), by John W. Welch and J. Gregory Welch

Keywords: Scripture Study; Study Aid
ID = [387]  Type = review  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Smith, Julie M. “An Analysis of Benjaminite and Markan Christology.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 26 (2017).

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).

ID = [81899]  Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Kerr, Todd R. “Ancient Aspects of Nephite Kingship in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1, no. 1 (1992): 85-118.

Nephite kings were expected to fulfill the same roles that kings played in other ancient civilizations— commander of the military forces, chief judicial official, and leader of the national religion. A king’s success depended not only on the extent to which he performed each role, but also on the motives behind his service. Selfless rule by Benjamin-type kings commanded the respect and praise of the people, while King Noah’s quest for personal gain roused Old World disdain for the monarch. The Nephite experiment with kingship confirms that between “kings and tyrants there’s this difference known; kings seek their subject’s good; tyrants their own” (Robert Herrick, 1591–1674).

Keywords: Ancient; King Benjamin; King Noah; Kingship; Nephite; Old World
ID = [2817]  Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Wright, H. Curtis. “Ancient Burials of Metal Documents in Stone Boxes.” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by John M. Lundquist and Stephen D. Ricks, 273-334. Vol. 2. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.

This paper is an expanded version of a paper presented earlier at the Library History Seminar VI in March 1980.
This paper deals with the persistence of a strange documentary custom of the Mesopotamian kings, which led to numerous burials of metallic documents (often encased in stone boxes or other special containers) and were concealed in the foundations or other inaccessible recesses of temples and palaces.

Keywords: Hidden Records; Metal Plates; Recordkeeping
ID = [2361]  Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-02  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:52
Peterson, Daniel C. “Ancient Documents and Latter-day Saint Scholarship.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, August 3, 1999. This paper was presented at a Brigham Young University devotional on 3 August 1999.

Daniel Peterson discusses recent research that supports a spiritual witness for the Book of Mormon, including the following: Joseph Smith’s lack of schooling, his supposed misnaming of Jesus’ birthplace, the translation process, studies of chiasmus, possible locations for Book of Mormon events, and ancient manuscripts that are consistent with Book of Mormon accounts about document practices and beliefs of past civilizations.

Keywords: Mormon Studies
ID = [8557]  Type = journal article  Date = 1999-08-03  Collections = bom,farms-reports,peterson  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
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.
Keywords: Ancient America - North America; Transoceanic Contact; Transoceanic Voyage
ID = [66472]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,sorenson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Crawford, Cory Daniel. “Ancient Exegesis and the Study of Scripture.” Insights 24, no. 4 (2004).

Attention to exegesis in and of the Hebrew Bible has much to offer Latter-day Saint students of scripture in their efforts to understand the biblical text.*Exegesis is the explanation or interpretation of a text. The word is derived from Greek, meaning literally “to lead out (of).” The general study of biblical exegesis has come to incorporate at least three subdivisions, each having direct relevance for Latter-day Saints: inner-biblical allusion, biblical and postbiblical exegesis, and scribal comments and corrections.

Keywords: Bible; biblical text; interpretation; allusion
ID = [66758]  Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-04  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “Ancient Literary Forms in the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1-2 (2002): 83-90.

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]  Type = review  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Welch, John W. “Ancient Near Eastern Law and the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1982.
ID = [1518]  Type = journal article  Date = 1982-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-reports,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:50
Welch, John W. “Ancient Near Eastern Law and the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1984.
ID = [1537]  Type = journal article  Date = 1984-07-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-reports,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:50
Gee, John. “The Ancient Owners of the Joseph Smith Papyri.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999. Transcript of a lecture presented on 17 March 1999 as part of the FARMS Book of Abraham Lecture Series.

Although much attention has been paid to those who have possessed the Joseph Smith Papyri in modern times, relatively little attention has been paid to the ancient owners of the papyri. This lecture examines the ancient owners, the world in which they lived, and their contact with the Book of Abraham.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Book of Abraham; Egyptology; Joseph Smith Papyri
ID = [1533]  Type = journal article  Date = 1999-03-17  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,farms-reports  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:50
Bradford, Miles Gerald. Ancient Scrolls from the Dead Sea: Photographs and Commentary on a Unique Collection of Scrolls. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 1997.

By Miles Gerald Bradford, Published on 01/01/97

ID = [6987]  Type = book  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = farms-books,old-test  Size: 176665  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Tvedtnes, John A. “Ancient Texts in Support 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, 231-260. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
Keywords: Abinadi (Prophet); Hidden Records; Jaredite Barges; John the Beloved; Joseph (of Egypt); Laban; Moses (Prophet); Reformed Egyptian; Translation/Transfiguration; Zemnarihah
ID = [75595]  Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 51547  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
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.
ID = [67060]  Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
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.

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
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Bowen, Matthew L. “‘And He Was a Young Man’: The Literary Preservation of Alma’s Autobiographical Wordplay.” Insights 30, no. 4 (2010).

Thanks to the work of Hugh Nibley, Paul Hoskisson, Terrence Szink, and others, the plausibility of Alma as a Semitic name is no longer an issue. Hoskisson has noted that “Alma” derives from the root ‘lm (< *ǵlm) with the meaning “youth” or “lad,” corroborating Nibley’s earlier suggestion that “Alma” means “young man” (cf. Hebrew ‘elem,עלם). Significantly, “Alma” occurs for the first time in the Book of Mormon text as follows: “But there was one among them whose name was Alma, he also being a descendant of Nephi. And he was a young man, and he believed the words which Abinadi had spoken” (Mosiah 17:2; emphasis in all scriptural citations is mine). This first occurrence of “Alma” is juxtaposed with a description matching the etymological meaning of the name, suggesting an underlying wordplay: Alma (‘lm’) was an ‘elem. A play on words sharing a common root is a literary technique known as polyptoton.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; text; wordplay; Alma
ID = [66956]  Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-04  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Belnap, Daniel L. “‘And he was Anti-Christ’: The Significance of the Eighteenth Year of the Reign of the Judges, Part 2.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 28 (2019).

For the Nephites, the sixteenth year of the reign of the judges was tremendously difficult. The arrival of the people of Ammon, in itself an incredible disruption of Nephite society, precipitated a battle, which Mormon describes as a “tremendous battle; yea, even such an one as never had been known among all the people in the land from the time Lehi left Jerusalem’’ (Alma 28:2). The dead, we are told, were not counted due to their enormous number. These events compounded the pre-existing struggles that resulted from the sociopolitical fallout from the reforms of Mosiah. Though Alma 30:5 suggests that all is well in Zarahemla during the seventeenth year of the reign of the judges, the events of the next year and half, the eighteenth year, belie this peace. Within this span, the Nephites exploded in two separate, but related, political conflagrations: (1) the secession of the inhabitants of Antionum from the greater Nephite community, and (2) the civil war spearheaded by Amalickiah. But prior to both of these events came Korihor.

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Belnap, Daniel L. “‘And it came to pass…’: The Sociopolitical Events in the Book of Mormon Leading to the Eighteenth Year of the Reign of the Judges.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 23 no. 1 (2014).
ID = [3312]  Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 102071  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:47
Huntsman, Eric D. “‘And the Word Was Made Flesh’: A Latter-day Saint Exegesis of the Blood and Water Imagery in the Gospel of John.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 1 no. 1 (2009).

Critical to understanding the widespread symbolism and imagery pointing to Jesus Christ in the New Testament is an exegetical grasp of the content--that is, an understanding of the historical, literary, and theological context of the language. The image of water recurs frequently throughout the New Testament Gospels as a symbol of the Savior’s purity, cleansing power, true doctrine, and so forth. Similarly, blood is used often to reflect the sacred mission of Christ and the price of our salvation. This article investigates this imagery, particularly as used by Apostle John, to explain the significance of the Savior’s mission in mortality and the miracle of his mercy in immortality.

ID = [7014]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections = farms-sba  Size: 37854  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Aston, Warren P., and Michaela J. Aston. “And We Called the Place Bountiful: The End of Lehi’s Arabian Journey.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.

A summary of the scriptural and historical evidences concerning the Arabian Bountiful, with an evaluation of all possible coastal locations on the Arabian peninsula based upon exploratory fieldwork by the authors in the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Yemen from 1984 to 1990. The study concludes that an objective and precise identification of Bountiful with a present-day location is now feasible and introduces data on physical traces revealing very early human involvement at the site.

ID = [8613]  Type = journal article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Unattributed. “Anderson Speaks at Third Annual Neal A. Maxwell Lecture.” Insights 29, no. 2 (2009).

With the intent of probing the lives of Christ and Joseph Smith, Richard Lloyd Anderson, emeritus professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, gave the third annual Neal A. Maxwell Lecture, held March 20, 2009. Anderson discussed the reliability of the documentary process by which we know of events in the New Testament and in the early years of the Restoration.

Keywords: Christ; Joseph Smith; BYU; lecture; Neal A. Maxwell
ID = [66914]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-02  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Larsen, David J. “Angels among Us: The Use of Old Testament Passages as Inspiration for Temple Themes in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 5 no. 1 (2013).

A number of texts from the Qumran scrolls demonstrate the community’s interest in heavenly ascent and in communion with angels. This article lays out a pattern observable in some of the poetic/liturgical texts (for example, the Hodayot and other noncanonical psalms) in which the leader of the community is taken up into the divine council of God to be taught the heavenly mysteries, is appointed a teacher of those mysteries, and is then commissioned to share the teachings with his followers. Upon learning the mysteries, the followers are enabled to likewise ascend to heaven to praise God with the angels. In some texts, the human worshippers appear to undergo a transfiguration so that they become like the heavenly beings. This article further illustrates how these elements can be found together in a liturgical text known as the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice; their collective presence suggests that all were part of a ritual sequence. Finally, the article argues that these same elements, or traditions related to them, can be found in passages from the Old Testament.

ID = [7041]  Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-sba,old-test  Size: 44764  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Tvedtnes, John A. “Angels as Guardians of Hidden Books.” In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: “Out of Darkness Unto Light”, edited by , 75-107. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
Keywords: Ancient Near East; Angel Moroni; Angels; Apocalypse of Paul; Dream; Early Christianity; Hidden Records; Islam; John the Beloved; Judaism; Lehi (Prophet); Middle Ages; Muhammed; Paul the Apostle; Three Witnesses; Vision; Whitmer; Mary
ID = [75607]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Sorenson, John L. “Animals in the Book of Mormon: An Annotated Bibliography.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1992.

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-reports,sorenson  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
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.

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]  Type = talk  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Heal, Kristian S. “‘Another Holy Land’ Maxwell Institute Development Council Visits Turkey.” Insights 32, no. 4 (2012).

In September, Morgan Davis, Daniel Peterson, and I led a development council tour through some of Turkey’s most remarkable religious sites. In doing so, we followed in the footsteps of a fifth-century abbott called Daniel, who was told not to go to Jerusalem as he had planned, but instead to “go to Byzantium and you will see a second Jerusalem!” Daniel did indeed go to Byzantium, or Constantinople as it was called then, and found a city filled with Christian sites. Fifteen hundred years later, Maxwell Institute friends and scholars descended on Turkey to ex- plore the ancient ruins and religious sites of this other holy land.

Keywords: Maxwell Institute; development; council; Turkey
ID = [66652]  Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-04  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Gee, John. “Another Note on the Three Days of Darkness.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 2 (1997).

The fragmentary text on a stele erected at Karnak seems to be connected with the volcanic eruption on Thera. The phraseology in many instances bears uncanny resemblance to the Book of Mormon account of the destruction in the Americas at the time of the crucifixion.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Geography; Geology; Weather
ID = [2965]  Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Gee, John. “Another Note on the Three Days of Darkness.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 219-227. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: Book of Mormon Geography; Geology; Weather
ID = [75689]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 12982  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Hardy, Heather. “Another Testament of Jesus Christ: Mormon’s Poetics.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 16, no. 2 (2007): 16-27, 93-95.

The Book of Mormon is clearly a didactic text, with its narrators using plainness, explicitness, and repetition to keep the message clear and straightforward. However, Hardy offers a more in-depth analysis of the text’s rhetorical design that also reveals it as a literary text. The Book of Mormon is both a primer for judgment and a guidebook for sanctification. Parallel narratives are compared through clusters of similar narrative elements or phrasal borrowing between the multiple accounts. In Mosiah, Mormon tells the story of the bondage and delivery of Alma and his people after recounting the story of the bondage of the people of Limhi. Hardy explains that ambiguity, indirection, comparison, and allusions are all used to suggest the larger context of these two narratives. The ability to read the book as a guidebook for sanctification, rather than just as a straightforward didactic primer, will provide insight and guidance in the process of living a faithful life.

Keywords: Alma the Younger; Another Testament of Jesus Christ; Bondage; Context; Delivery; Didactic; Judgment; King Limhi; Mormon; Narrative; People of Limhi; Poetic; Poetry; Sanctification
ID = [3212]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 65869  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:41
Huchel, Frederick M. “Antecedents of the Restoration in the Ancient Temple.” The FARMS Review 21, no. 1 (2009): 9-25.

Review of Temple Themes in Christian Worship (2008), by Margaret Barker.

Keywords: Early Christianity; Temple Worship
ID = [630]  Type = review  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Call, Gail. “Antenantiosis in 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.
Keywords: Antenantiosis; Jacob (Son of Lehi)
ID = [66468]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
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.

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
ID = [2934]  Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Porter, Bruce D. “Anthony E. Larson, parallel Histories: The Nephites and the Americans.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3 (1991): Article 9.

Review of Parallel Histories: The Nephites and the Americans (1989), by Anthony E. Larson.

ID = [96]  Type = review  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
McGregor, Russell C. “The Anti-Mormon Attackers.” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1-2 (2002): 315-319.

Review of The Mormon Defenders: How Latter-day Saint Apologists Misinterpret the Bible (2001), by James Patrick Holding

Keywords: Anti-Mormon
ID = [409]  Type = review  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Midgley, Louis C. “Anti-Mormonism and the Newfangled Countercult Culture.” FARMS Review of Books 10, no. 1 (1998): 271-340.

Review of The 1996 Directory of Cult Research Organizations: A Worldwide Listing of 752 Agencies and Individuals (1996), by Keith Edward Tolbert and Eric Pement

Keywords: Anti-Mormon
ID = [295]  Type = review  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Leonard, Glen M. “Antiquities, Curiosities, and Latter-day Saint Museums.” 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 = [81857]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = church-history,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Unattributed. “Antiquity of Silver Scrolls Confirmed.” Insights 24, no. 5 (2004).

A recent New York Times article reported new developments in the research on two ancient silver scrolls discovered in Jerusalem’s Hinnom Valley in 1979 and subsequently dated to the late seventh century BC . They were engraved with words that appeared to be text from Numbers 6:24–26. How-ever, because of the aging of the metal, researchers were unable to read several of the inscriptions and thereby confirm the age of the scrolls.

Keywords: silver scrolls; technology; inscriptions; Hebrew Bible
ID = [66764]  Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-05  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Parry, Donald W. “Antithetical Parallelism in 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.
Keywords: Antithetical Parallelism; Parallelism
ID = [66490]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Peterson, Daniel C. “An Apologetically Important Nonapologetic Book.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 25, no. 1 (2016): 52-75.

In Understanding the Book of Mormon, Grant Hardy applies his unusual background in the history of historiography to the Book of Mormon, using the same techniques of literary analysis that are fruitfully employed in the study of classical Chinese, classical Greek, and other historical writing. He is able to identify very distinct historiographical approaches for Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni. While he brackets the question of whether or not they were actually distinct historical persons, the most intuitively obvious reading of his work strongly suggests that they were—a proposition that has profound implications for the controversy surrounding the origin and authorship of the Book of Mormon

Keywords: Apologetics; Historicity; Mormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Narrator; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Scripture Study
ID = [3341]  Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms,peterson  Size: 54152  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:49
Hamblin, William J. “An Apologist for the Critics: Brent Lee Metcalfe’s Assumptions and Methodologies.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): 434-523.

Review of “Apologetic and Critical Assumptions about Book of Mormon Historicity” (1993), by Brent Lee Metcalfe.

Keywords: Apologetics; Criticism; Historicity
ID = [176]  Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Booras, Steven W. “Appendix 1: The Book of Mormon and the Apocalypse of Paul.” In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: “Out of Darkness Unto Light”, edited by , 183-194. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
Keywords: Angel; Angel Moroni; Apocalypse of Paul; Hidden Records; Metal Plates; Paul the Apostle; Vision
ID = [75614]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Tvedtnes, John A. “Appendix 2: Glowing Stones in Ancient and Medieval Lore.” In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: “Out of Darkness Unto Light”, edited by , 195-225. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
Keywords: Ancient Near East; Gazelem; Idolatry; Jaredite Stones; Judaism; Middle Ages; Nephite Interpreters; Noah' s Ark; Teraphim; Urim and Thummim
ID = [75615]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Cooper, Glen M. “Appendix, On Aping Aristotle: Modern-day Simplicios.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): lxiii-lxvii.

Cooper addresses the claim that Thomas Murphy’s DNA research is a “Galileo event.” He provides information on Galileo’s life to show that Galileo was not against religion and that the Catholic Church was not against science. Cooper then parallels that information with the Murphy situation. Like Galileo, Murphy has not taken a stance against religion, only against a particular religious text

Keywords: DNA; Genetics
ID = [439]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Unattributed. “Appendix: Complete Text of Benjamin’s Speech with Notes and Comments.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 479-616. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Keywords: Doctrine; King Benjamin; Revelation; Speech
ID = [75722]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 291180  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Nibley, Hugh W. “Appendix: Echoes and Evidences from the Writings of Hugh Nibley.” In Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, edited by Parry, Donald W., Daniel C. Peterson, and John W. Welch, 453-506. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.

A discussion of evidence of the Book of Mormon’s authenticity.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Arabia; Historicity; Scholarship
ID = [75601]  Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,nibley  Size: 56445  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Lyon, Michael. “Appreciating Hypocephali as Works of Art and Faith.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999. Transcript of a lecture presented on 24 March 1999 as part of the FARMS Book of Abraham Lecture Series.

Michael Lyon examines the importance and significance of hypocephali as works of art and expressions of religious belief. Facsimile 2, associated with the Book of Abraham, belongs to this class of documents. Lyon illustrates that hypocephali symbolize the sacred center of the universe, expressed in Facsimile 2 as well as in the shield of Achilles and the mandala tradition.

Keywords: Pearl of Great Price
ID = [8416]  Type = journal article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = abraham,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Nibley, Hugh W. “Approach to Facsimile II.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1985. Talk given May 17, 1985, Washington D.C.
Keywords: Pearl of Great Price; Abraham; Facsimile 2
ID = [8360]  Type = journal article  Date = 1985-05-17  Collections = abraham,farms-reports,nibley  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Nibley, Hugh W. “Approach to John Gee, Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri.” FARMS Review of Books 13, no. 2 (2001): Article 9.

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 A Guide to the Joseph Smtih Papyri (2000) by John Gee.

ID = [389]  Type = review  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Welch, John W. “Approaching New Approaches.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): 145-186.

Review of New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology (1993), edited by Brent Lee Metcalfe.

Keywords: Criticism; Historicity; Methodology
ID = [168]  Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Muhlestein, Kerry. “Approaching Understandings in the Book of Abraham.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 2 (2006): Article 8.

Review of John Gee and Brian M. Hauglid, eds. Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant.

ID = [550]  Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = abraham,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Aston, Warren P. “The Arabian Bountiful Discovered? Evidence for Nephi’s Bountiful.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7 no. 1 (1998).

According to the Book of Mormon, a land named “Bountiful” was a fertile site on the Arabian Peninsula with timber, fresh water, and ore where Nephi built a ship to carry Lehi’s group to the New World. In the seemingly barren land of the southern Arabian peninsula, a site that appears to correspond to the description in Nephi’s record has been identified on the remote southern coast of the country of Oman. Kharfot may not be the exact location of Bountiful, but its discovery does show that a place matching the criteria for Bountiful does exist.

ID = [2974]  Type = journal article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Chadwick, Jeffrey R. “An Archaeologist’s View.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. 2 (2006): 68-77, 122-124.

Seasoned archaeologist Jeffrey R. Chadwick responds to studies done by Warren Aston (see page 8), Richard Wellington and George Potter (see page 26), and Kent Brown (see page 44) pertaining to the trail that the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi took after fleeing Jerusalem. Chadwick uses his archaeological, historical, and scriptural knowledge to comment on the claims made by the other scholars. He specifically analyzes Lehi’s life in Jerusalem, the route Lehi took from Jerusalem to the Red Sea, the Valley of Lemuel, the route from Shazer to Nahom, the route from Nahom to Bountiful, and the building of the ship at Bountiful.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Arabia; Archaeology; Bountiful; Lehi’s Trail; Nahom; Shazer; Valley of Lemuel
ID = [3193]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 58334  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:40
Clark, John E. “Archaeology and Cumorah Questions.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 13, no. 1-2 (2004): 144-151, 174.

The archaeology of New York—and specifically the Hill Cumorah—is persuasive evidence that Book of Mormon peoples did not live in that region. By implication, the Cumorah of the golden plates is not the Cumorah of the final battles—Mormon’s hill and Moroni’s hill are not one and the same. These conclusions follow from a few basic points and assumptions that the author explores in this article.

Keywords: Ancient America; Archaeology; Cumorah; Hill Cumorah
ID = [3148]  Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 33281  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:37
Clark, John E. “Archaeology, Relics, and Book of Mormon Belief.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 2 (2005): 38-49, 71-74.

Archaeology has much to offer as a scientific means of gathering independent evidence of the Book of Mormon’s authenticity. But one must look in the right place. A cautionary tale is the failed Cluff expedition of 1900, which, assuming a “hemispheric model” of Book of Mormon geography, traveled from Provo as far as Colombia looking for the city Zarahemla. Yet in 1842 the Times and Seasons (under Joseph Smith’s editorship) had printed excerpts from a popular book on Mesoamerican archaeology that demonstrated a surprisingly high level of civilization, implying that Nephite lands did not extend into South America, thus supporting the theory of a ”limited” geographic model. Both sides believe that archaeology is on their side. Book of Mormon critics also claim that archaeology is on their side, but decades of archaeological investigation in Mesoamerica and in the Old World has shown a pattern of increasing convergence that favors Book of Mormon authenticity. Evidences discussed include, among others, metal records in stone boxes, ancient writing, warfare, the tree of life and other metaphors, Old and New World geography, and cycles of civilization. In a sidebar article, the findings of an amateur archaeologist challenge a popular assumption that the hill was the scene of the final battles depicted in the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Ancient America; Archaeology; Authenticity; Book of Mormon Geography; Book of Mormon Geography – Heartland; Early Church History; Evidence; Historicity; Joseph; Jr.; Mesoamerica; Smith; Times and Seasons; Zarahemla (Polity)
ID = [3170]  Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 63727  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:38
Skousen, Royal. “The Archaic Vocabulary of the Book of Mormon.” Insights 25, no. 5 (2005).

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-05  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Tvedtnes, John A. “Ark of the Covenant . . . Again.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 2 (2008): 131-139.

Review of Tudor Parfitt. The Lost Ark of the Covenant: The Remarkable Quest for the Legendary Ark.

Keywords: Ark of the Covenant
ID = [611]  Type = review  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Hamblin, William J. “Armor in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 400-424. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
Keywords: Ancient Near East; Warfare; armor
ID = [82145]  Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Thorne, Sandra A. “The Armor of God: Understanding the Metaphor.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 1 (2008): 95-97.

Review of Kim B. Clark. Armor: Divine Protection in a Darkening World.

Keywords: Armor of God; Imagery; Metaphor; Symbolism
ID = [597]  Type = review  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Peters, John Durham. “Arno Schmidt among Comic Commentators on the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 28 (2019).

Arno Schmidt (1914-1979) was one of the most important, prolific, and original of postwar German authors. His magnum opus, Zettels Traum (1970), appeared in 1,360 large-font, signed typescript copies that each weighed 12 kilos and resembled another intimidating modernist text, James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, in its experiments with genre, fascinating density, multilingual citations, jokey allusiveness, and mythic grandeur. Like Joyce, Schmidt pushed boundaries of all kinds and sometimes got into hot water with those who found his writings sexually and religiously indecent. As an author, his work is hard to classify; he is sometimes called an “avant-garde traditionalist:’ In personal belief, he was an atheist, though one who was curious about the many forms that belief can take; he opens his essay on the Book of Mormon, for instance, by confessing his soft spot for holy books. A fierce critic of both West and East Germany, he was politically neither a Marxist, nor a social democrat, nor a straight-up conservative, though his attacks on mass society and choice to live his last two decades in relative isolation in a remote hamlet in Lower Saxony have led some critics to detect conservative sympathies. But he was also a clear anti-Nazi and was disgusted at what his country had done. Perhaps by living in a remote spot with his wife, Alice, also a writer whose work was not appreciated until later, he simply wanted to maintain his artistic integrity and stay aloof from the cultural establishment. By any account, he was a lone wolf, anxious not to be pinned down.

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Fleugel, James H. “Arthur J. Kocherhans, Lehi’s Isle of Promise: A Scriptural Account with Word Definitions and a Commentary.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3 (1991): Article 8.

Review of Lehi's Isle of Promise: A Scriptural Account with Word Definitions and a Commentary.

ID = [95]  Type = review  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Faulring, Scott H. “The Articles and Covenants of the Church: D&C 20 and its Antecedents.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, June 7, 1997. This is a transcript of an address given 7 June 1997 at the Ancient Scriptures and the Restoration conference cosponsored by FARMS and the Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History.

In 1830 the Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation that became known as the Articles and Covenants, later included in the Doctrine and Covenants as section 20. In this paper Scott Faulring discusses the emergence and significance of that revelation that would become a constitutional and procedural guide to regulating church affairs.

Keywords: Doctrine and Covenants
ID = [8585]  Type = journal article  Date = 1997-06-07  Collections = d-c,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Tvedtnes, John A. “As a Garment in a Hot Furnace.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 127-131. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: Abinadi (Prophet); King Noah; Laws; Legal; Prophecy; Simile Curse
ID = [75669]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 8586  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Tvedtnes, John A. “‘As a Garment in a Hot Furnace’” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 1 (1997).

The idea that King Noah’s life was to be valued “as a garment in a hot furnace” is a type of simile curse. He would suffer death by fire, which was a just punishment for the wicked.

Keywords: Abinadi (Prophet); King Noah; Laws; Legal; Prophecy; Simile Curse
ID = [2950]  Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Ogden, D. Kelly. “As Plain as Words Can Be.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.

The Book of Mormon prophets were intentionally plain in their language even when using figurative language; they generally avoided using obscure figures with hidden meanings. In this paper, Kelly Ogden lists metaphors used in the Book of Mormon along with the plain definitions the prophets gave to explain the figurative language they used. Ogden notes that when teaching doctrine the prophets would often repeat concepts using different words so the people could not misunderstand.

ID = [8547]  Type = journal article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Allen, James B. “Asked and Answered: A Response to Grant H. Palmer.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 1 (2004): 235-285.

Review of Grant H. Palmer. An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins.

Keywords: Criticism; Early Church History
ID = [470]  Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Nibley, Hugh W. “Assembly and Atonement.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: That Ye May Learn Wisdom, edited by John W. Welch and Stephen D. Ricks, 119—45. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

Republished in King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple and Eloquent Witness: Nibley on Himself, Others, and the Temple.
A look into what makes King Benjamin’s address to his people not only an assembly but also an atonement.

Keywords: Architecture; Atonement; Tabernacle
ID = [830]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Nibley, Hugh W. “Assembly and Atonement.” 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.

Originally published in King Benjamin’s Speech: That Ye May Learn Wisdom.
A look into what makes King Benjamin’s address to his people not only an assembly but also an atonement.

Keywords: Atonement; Tabernacle
ID = [75728]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,nibley  Size: 48062  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
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.

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 26425  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:41
Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel, and David M. Whitchurch. “Assessing the Countercult.” The FARMS Review 17, no. 1 (2005): 311-335.

Review of Douglas E. Cowan. Bearing False Witness? An Introduction to the Christian Countercult.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Bearing False Witness; Criticism
ID = [505]  Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Midgley, Louis C. “Atheists and Cultural Mormons Promote a Naturalistic Humanism.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 1 (1995): 229-297.

Review of Religion, Feminism, and Freedom of Conscience: A Mormon/Humanist Dialogue (1994), edited by George D. Smith.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Atheism; Criticism
ID = [209]  Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Tvedtnes, John A. “Atonement and the Temple.” Insights 25, no. 6 (2005).

In 1988 Hugh W. Nibley noted that the use of terms based on the word atone (atonement, atoning, atoned, etc.), while used in the Old Testament mostly in association with rites performed in the tabernacle of Moses, clearly tied the Nephites to preexilic Israel, that is, prior to the Babylonian captivity of the Jews in 587 bc. He found that most of the occurrences were “in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, where they explicitly describe the original rites of the tabernacle or temple on the Day of Atonement.”

Keywords: Old Testament; Atonement; temple; Book of Mormon
ID = [66800]  Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-06  Collections = bom,farms-insights,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Millet, Robert L. “The Atonement in the Book Of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994. This transcript of a video lecture was prepared by the staff of the Portland Institute of Religion.

Robert Millet shows that Christ’s atonement is central to the Book of Mormon, particularly as it pertains to the fall. He illuminates the nature of the “good news” of the gospel—the hope of redemption through Christ. Without the atonement all other facets of our religion are bereft of ultimate power, and we remain in our sins. He explains that the atonement is infinite in several ways and that the Book of Mormon both extends an invitation to come unto Christ and teaches how to do so. Grace and works each play an important role in our salvation.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Teachings
ID = [8536]  Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Anderson, Richard Lloyd. “Attempts to Redefine the Experience of the Eight Witnesses.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 18-31, 125-127.

Skeptics have misused some historical sources as they attempt to reverse the Eight Witnesses’ statements about their physical contact with the Book of Mormon plates. The Eight Witnesses speak of viewing the plates themselves with unobstructed vision. They left 10 specific statements of handling the plates. This article provides an overview of the statements and experiences of the Eight Witnesses and the arguments of their critics, both then and now. Their unequivocal testimonies resist revisionists’ attempts to portray their experience as mere illusion or deception.

Keywords: Early Church History; Eight Witnesses; Gold Plates
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Peterson, Daniel C. “Authority in the Book of Mosiah.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991.

Daniel Peterson examines the book of Mosiah as an initial step in determining the overall doctrine of priesthood in the Book of Mormon. He attempts to account for every verse in the book of Mosiah that deals, either directly or indirectly, with questions of priesthood and authority. He discusses the priesthood in the small plates, the roles of priests, whether early Nephite priests were ordained, and the church in the days of Mosiah2.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Religious Practices
ID = [8558]  Type = journal article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports,peterson  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Peterson, Daniel C. “Authority in the Book of Mosiah.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): Article 10.

This article examines the book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon in order to study the doctrine and pres-ence of the priesthood in Book of Mormon times.

ID = [531]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review,peterson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Hancock, Ralph C. “The Authority of ‘Academic Freedom’ On Two Cases of Miseducation at BYU.” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1 (2002): Article 18.

Review of The Lord's University: Freedom and Authority at BYU (1998), by Bryan Waterman and Brian Kagel

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Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. “Authors.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 17 no. 1 (2008).
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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]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,church-history,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Welch, John W. “Authorship of the Book of Isaiah in Light of the Book of Mormon.” In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 423—37. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

Support for the single authorship theory of Isaiah

ID = [67057]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,old-test,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
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.

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
ID = [8544]  Type = journal article  Date = 1997-05-27  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Austin, Michael. “Avi Steinberg, The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 24, no. 1 (2015).
ID = [3327]  Type = journal article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 20982  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:48
Porter, Bruce D. “Avraham Gileadi, The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys from the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 45.

Review of The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys from the Book of Mormon (1998), by Avraham Gileadi

ID = [120]  Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Parry, Donald W. “Avraham Gileadi, The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys from the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 46.

Review of The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys from the Book of Mormon (1998), by Avraham Gileadi

ID = [121]  Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Seely, David Rolph. “Avraham Gileadi, The Literary Message of Isaiah.” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 1 (1996): Article 7.

Review of The Literary Message of Isaiah (1994), by Avraham Gileadi.

ID = [238]  Type = review  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = farms-review,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Eliason, Eric A. “‘An Awful Tale of Blood’ Theocracy, Intervention, and the Forgotten Kingdom.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 1 (2000): Article 10.

Review of Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1875-1896 (1998), by David L. Bigler

ID = [339]  Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Bitton, Davis. “B. H. Roberts and Book of Mormon Scholarship.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 2 (1992).

Brigham Henry Roberts, a Book of Mormon scholar in the early twentieth century, was a pioneer in his field. He conducted research regarding the culture and the geography of the Book of Mormon peoples in an attempt to determine the setting of the Book of Mormon. His extensive work in this area has significantly influenced the progress of Book of Mormon research. Roberts also enthusiastically defended the book when others criticized it. He was able to do so effectively because of his study of and familiarity with the Book of Mormon. Roberts did, however, have a few limitations, the most detrimental being his unfounded assumption that “the narrow neck of land” in the Book of Mormon is the Isthmus of Panama. Yet, Roberts’s pioneering efforts remain today a crucial catalyst to modern analytical studies of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [3012]  Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 56040  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:29
Paulsen, David L., and Brock M. Mason. “Baptism for the Dead in Early Christianity.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 19, no. 2 (2010): 22-49.

To help mitigate the soteriological problem of evil, that one having had no chance to hear the gospel would be sent to hell, many early Christians practiced baptism for the dead. The only reference to this in the New Testament comes in 1 Corinthians 15:29, a scripture that some scholars attempt to reinterpret or repunctuate to dismiss baptism for the dead but that most scholars defend as a legitimate reference. Further strengthening the historicity of the practice are references by early writers such as Tertullian and Ambrosiaster. The quest for authenticating the practice of baptism for the dead should rest on these and other historical references, not on retroactively applied standards of orthodoxy.

Keywords: Ambrosiaster; Baptism for the Dead; Early Christianity; Orthodoxy; Soteriology; Tertullian; Theodicy
ID = [3253]  Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-jbms  Size: 126125  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:44
Roper, Matthew P. “The Baptism of Little Children in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.” Insights 23, no. 3 (2003).

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
ID = [66710]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-03  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
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.
Keywords: Ancient America - North America; Archaeology; Barley
ID = [66479]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,sorenson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Hamblin, William J. “Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2, no. 1 (1993): 161-197.

Anti-Mormon criticisms of the Book of Mormon are frequently based on a questionable set of assumptions concerning the nature of historical and archaeological evidence, the role of governing presuppositions, and the nature of historical proof. Using arguments found in a recent anti-Mormon critique by Luke Wilson as a foundation, this article analyzes difficulties of reconstructing ancient geographies, problems with the discontinuity of Mesoamerican toponyms, the historical development of the idea of a limited geography model, and challenges of textual and artifactual interpretation when trying to relate the Book of Mormon to archaeological remains.

Keywords: Ancient America; Archaeology; Assumptions; Book of Mormon Geography; Book of Mormon Geography - Limited Geography; Evidence; Interpretation; Mesoamerica; Proof
ID = [2835]  Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Mitton, George L. “Basic New Perspectives on the Sermon on the Mount.” The FARMS Review 22, no. 1 (2010): 1-4.

Review of John W. Welch. The Sermon on the Mount in the Light of the Temple.

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount; Temple Worship
ID = [649]  Type = review  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Asay, Ronald W. “Bassett’s Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1 (2002): Article 3.

Review of Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon: Insights from Prophets, Church Leaders, and Scholars (1999), by K. Douglas Bassett

ID = [400]  Type = review  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Wirth, Diane E. “The Bearded, White God is Everywhere—or Is He?” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 1 (2000): 9-22.

Review of Fair Gods and Feathered Serpents; A Search for the Early Americas' Bearded White God (1997), by T. J. O'Brien

Keywords: Ancient America; Jesus Christ; Mesoamerica; Native Americans - Aztec; Pre-Columbian American History; Quetzalcoatl
ID = [335]  Type = review  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Hallen, Cynthia L. “Beauty on the Mountains: Inspiration from the Book of Mormon for LDS Writers.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 104-107.

The Book of Mormon provides many good examples to Latter-day Saint writers of how to magnify their work. By following the patterns of the Book of Mormon, writers can understand what to emphasize and how to include the Spirit in their writing.

Keywords: Beauty; Example; Holy Ghost; Holy Spirit; Inspiration
ID = [3162]  Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 14996  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:38
Johnson, Janiece Lyn. “Becoming a People of the Books: Early Converts and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27, no. 1 (2018): 1–43.
ID = [77236]  Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:15
Johnson, Janiece Lyn. “Becoming a People of the Books: Toward an Understanding of Early Mormon Converts and the New Word of the Lord.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (2018).

Leather-bound copies of the first edition of the 586-page Book of Mormon were published and sold beginning March 26, 1830. Before there was a prophet, there was a translator-legally the “author and proprietor” of the Book. The title page told of the plates written “by the spirit of Prophecy and Revelation’’ from which the Book originated. Before the publication was complete, Joseph Smith had encouraged Oliver Cowdery that “a great call for our books” had already commenced. The Book emerged before there was any church to join. The rest would come later; initially individuals decided how they would respond to this “Golden Bible.” Was it counterfeit or divine? Was it the “greatest piece of superstition’’ or a “revelation from God”? What would it be to them?

ID = [81903]  Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Bowen, Matthew L. “Becoming Sons and Daughters at God’s Right Hand: King Benjamin’s Rhetorical Wordplay on His Own Name.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 21, no. 2 (2012): 2-13.

Royal sonship is a key theme of Mosiah 1–6, including King Benjamin’s seminal address at the temple in Zarahemla (Mosiah 2–5) on the occasion of his son Mosiah’s enthronement. Benjamin, however, caps this covenant sermon, not with an assertion of his son’s royal status and privileges, but with a radical declaration of his people’s royal rebirth (or adoption) as “ the children of Christ, his sons and his daughters” (Mosiah 5:7) and their potential enthronement at God’s “ right hand” (5:9). Similar to rhetorical wordplay involving proper names found in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other ancient texts, Benjamin’s juxtaposition of “sons”/“daughters” and the “right hand” constitutes a deliberate wordplay on his own name, traditionally taken to mean “son of the right hand.” The name of Christ, rather than Benjamin’s own name, is given to all his people as a new name—a “throne” name. However, he warns them against refusing to take upon them this throne name and thus being found “on the left hand of God” (5:10), a warning that also constitutes an allusion to his name. Benjamin’s ultimate hope is for his people’s royal, divine sonship/daughterhood to be eternally “sealed.”

Keywords: Covenant; King Benjamin; Name; Rhetoric; Sealed; Throne Name; Wordplay
ID = [3279]  Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 54393  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:45
Sorenson, John L., and Matthew P. Roper. “Before DNA.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12 no. 1 (2003).

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms,sorenson  Size: 104822  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:35
Becerra, Daniel. “Beginning of What? A Reflection on Hugh Nibley’s Legacy and LDS Scholarship on Late Antique Christianity.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 7 no. 1 (2015).
ID = [7056]  Type = journal article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections = farms-sba  Size: 18948  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Gardner, Brant A. “Behind the Mask, Behind the Curtain: Uncovering the Illusion.” The FARMS Review 17, no. 2 (2005): 145-195.

Review of Joel P. Kramer and Scott R. Johnson. The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Archaeology; Book of Mormon Geography; Criticism
ID = [514]  Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Brown, S. Kent. “Behind the Messiah Documentary.” Insights 29, no. 4 (2009).

The following is part 1 of a two-part series of articles written by S. Kent Brown, executive producer of Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God. During production he was director of the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies and FARMS at the Maxwell Institute. Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God, a documentary produced by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, the College of Religious Education, and BYU Broadcasting, received a sneak preview at BYU’s Education Week in August. For the first time ever, teachings of the restoration, sound academic views from faithful Latter-day Saint scholars, and state-of- the-art documentary production have been combined to produce this seven-part series on Jesus Christ, the Messiah. BYUTV will air the documentary beginning on January 10, 2010, and copies will be available for purchase in the spring.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; religious education; BYU; documentary
ID = [66926]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-04  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Brown, S. Kent. “Behind the Messiah Documentary.” Insights 29, no. 5 (2009).

The following is part 2 of a three-part series of articles written by S. Kent Brown, executive producer of Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God, a Neal A. Maxwell Institute, BYU Broadcasting, and Religious Education production. BYU Television will air part of the series on December 6, 2009. The entire seven-part documentary will air beginning on January 10, 2010. Copies will be available for purchase in the spring. This second article explores the path by which the film climbed from a simple concept to a completed project.

Keywords: Messiah; articles; religious education; project; BYU
ID = [66931]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-05  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Brown, S. Kent. “Behind the Messiah Documentary.” Insights 29, no. 6 (2009).

The following is part 3 of a three-part series of articles written by S. Kent Brown, executive producer of Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God, a Neal A. Maxwell Institute, BYU Broadcasting, and Religious Education production. BYU Television will air the seven-part documentary beginning on January 10, 2010. Copies will be available for purchase in the spring. This third article reviews unusual occurrences tied to the early filming in Egypt and Israel.

Keywords: articles; documentary; BYU; teaching; research
ID = [66936]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-06  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Kirby, D. Jill. “‘Beloved, . . . It Doth Not Yet Appear What We Shall Be’: The Fractured Reality of LDS Biblical Studies.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 8 no. 1 (2016).

According to the non-Mormon historian Jan Shipps, “the mystery of Mormonism cannot be solved until we solve the mystery of Joseph Smith.” Stated more casually, this is called the “prophet puzzle,” and it is sometimes suggested that Latter-day Saints will understand themselves only to the degree that they understand Joseph Smith. The classic definition of the role played by Joseph Smith was contributed by LDS leader B. H. Roberts in the late nineteenth century: “What was Joseph Smith’s mission? It was the mission of Joseph Smith, under God’s direction, to establish the Church of Christ and the Kingdom of God upon the earth; and to the accomplishment of this work he devoted the whole energy of his life and was faithful until the end.”2 What Roberts meant by this is that Smith restored organizations, roles, priesthoods, sacraments, and so forth that had been previously present among God’s people in all ages. Smith was particularly clear that Jesus had established this church in his own period. To the extent that information about this part of the Christian past is preserved, it is to be found particularly in the New Testament.

Keywords: Biblical studies; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; religious scholarship
ID = [7074]  Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections = farms-sba  Size: 67553  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Thomas, M. Catherine. “Benjamin and the Mysteries of God.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 277-294. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Keywords: Covenant; King Benjamin; Priesthood Authority; Speech; Spiritual Rebirth
ID = [75718]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 30836  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Thomas, M. Catherine. “Benjamin and the Mysteries of God.” 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.
Keywords: King Benjamin; Mysteries of God
ID = [75732]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 22589  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W. “Benjamin, the Man: His Place in Nephite History.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 23-54. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Keywords: King Benjamin
ID = [75711]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 57476  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W. “Benjamin, the Man: His Place in Nephite History.” 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.
Keywords: King Benjamin; Kingship; Prophet; Warfare
ID = [75725]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 50087  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Millet, Robert L. “Benjamin: King, Prophet, Theologian.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1996. Transcript of a lecture given at the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.

Robert Millet begins by reviewing what we know of King Benjamin’s life prior to his great sermon and covers some of the highlights of what he taught. Millet explains what the name Jesus Christ means according to the Hebrew background, and delineates the importance of that name. He explains some of the benefits of the atonement, including that it covers those who have sinned in ignorance.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Christ
ID = [8530]  Type = talk  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Welch, John W. “Benjamin’s Covenant as a Precursor of the Sacrament Prayers.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 295-314. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Keywords: Covenant; King Benjamin; Sacrament; Sacrament Prayers; Speech
ID = [75719]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 35221  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W. “Benjamin’s Covenant as a Precursor of the Sacrament Prayers.” 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.
Keywords: Covenant; King Benjamin; Sacrament; Sacrament Prayers
ID = [75733]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 15903  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W., and Daryl R. Hague. “Benjamin’s Sermon as a Traditional Ancient Farewell Address.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 89-117. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Keywords: Ancient Near East; King Benjamin; Speech
ID = [75713]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 47804  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Hague, Daryl R., and John W. Welch. “Benjamin’s Sermon as a Traditional Ancient Farewell Address.” In King Benjamin’s Speech Made Simple, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, . Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: King Benjamin
ID = [75727]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 27181  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W. “Benjamin’s Speech as a Prophetic Lawsuit.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 225-232. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Keywords: King Benjamin; Laws; Legal; Prophet; Speech
ID = [75716]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 13986  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W. “Benjamin’s Speech as a Prophetic Lawsuit.” 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.
Keywords: King Benjamin; Laws; Legal; Prophet
ID = [75730]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 10285  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W. “Benjamin’s Speech: A Classic Ancient Farewell Address.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
Keywords: Ancient Near East; Farewell Speech; King Benjamin; King Benjamin' s Speech
ID = [66476]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Welch, John W. “Benjamin’s Speech: A Masterful Oration.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 55-88. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
Keywords: King Benjamin; Speech
ID = [75712]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 61363  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W. “Benjamin’s Speech: A Masterful Oration.” 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.
Keywords: King Benjamin; Speech
ID = [75726]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 51874  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Welch, John W., and Terrence L. Szink. “Benjamin’s Tower and Old Testament Pillars.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 100-102. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: Architecture; King Benjamin
ID = [75665]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 4402  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Boyce, Duane. “A Betrayal of Trust.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 2 (1997): 147-163.

Review of The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power (1997), by D. Michael Quinn.

Keywords: Church Organization; Criticism
ID = [280]  Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Welch, John W., and Heidi Harkness Parker. “Better That One Man Perish.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 17-19. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: Alma the Younger; Korihor; Laban; Laws; Legal; Nephi (Son of Lehi)
ID = [75644]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 3973  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Kirby, D. Jill. “Between Exegesis and Homiletics: Examining the Genres at Play in an LDS Commentary.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 6 no. 1 (2014).
ID = [7046]  Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections = farms-sba  Size: 65687  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Nibley, Hugh W. “Beyond Politics.” Mormon Studies Review 23, no. 1 (2011): Article 12.

This talk was given on 26 October 1973 to the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society in the Political Science Department at Brigham Young University. It first appeared in BYU Studies 15/1 (1974) and was reprinted in Nibley on the Timely and the Timeless (Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 1978) and in the second edition of that volume in 2004. It is reprinted here with minor technical editing.
In most languages, the Church is designated as that of the last days, so this speech—which is only a pastiche of quotations from its founders—is unblushingly apocalyptic. Did our grandparents overreact to signs of the times? For many years, a stock cartoon in sophisticated magazines has poked fun at the barefoot, bearded character in the long nightshirt carrying a placard calling all to “Repent, for the End is at Hand.” But where is the joke? Ask the smart people who thought up the funny pictures and captions: Where are they now?

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Easton-Flake, Amy. “Beyond Understanding: Narrative Theory as Expansion in Book of Mormon Exegesis.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 25, no. 1 (2016): 116-138.

The vibrant fields of narratology and biblical narrative criticism provide common ground from which scholars who either accept or reject the historical reality of the Book of Mormon may speak to one another. To encourage research that may speak across divisions, this article provides a theoretical overview of some of the major areas within the narrative-critical approach (i.e., the intricacies and subtleties of setting, plot, narrative time, characters, point of view, narrators, and implied readers). The applied analysis of select Book of Mormon passages that accompany these overviews illustrates how borrowing from more established fields may expose new considerations, explain different aspects of the text, make familiar narratives fresh, and stimulate greater appreciation for its literary design.

Keywords: Exegesis; Literary Analysis; Narrative; Narrative Criticism
ID = [3345]  Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 54272  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:49
Frederick, Nicholas J. “The Bible and the Book of Mormon: A Review of Literature.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 28 (2019).

The enigmatic relationship between the Book of Mormon and the Bible goes all the way back to one of its earliest reviewers, Restorationist Alexander Campbell, who noted inconsistencies between the two. Campbell addressed the Book of Mormon text’s conflation of the Old and New Covenants, differing on details such as Jesus’s birthplace and, in particular, how much the Book of Mormon’s pre-Christian peoples anticipated New Testament events. The Book of Mormon prophet Lehi, Campbell wrote, “developed the records of Matthew, Luke, and John, six hundred years before John the Baptist was born.” From the time of Campbell and into the present day, much of Book of Mormon scholarship has pivoted around this issue. How could a text that claims origins prior to the canonization of the New Testament interact so explicitly with the New Testament text? And what of the Old Testament content, in particular Isaiah, strewn throughout its pages? For many years, those who saw the Book of Mormon as purely the product of the mind of Joseph Smith interpreted these interactions as a sign of indirect influence at best and plagiarism at worst. In response, those who were willing to subscribe to divine origins developed several possible solutions, such as the ideas that Book of Mormon authors had access to “untainted” biblical manuscripts that have since disappeared; or that they had a level of prescience in writing. However, in recent years, this apologetic-or-critical sentiment of arguing why the Bible is present in the Book of Mormon has begun to wane in favor of further exploring how the Bible is present in the Book of Mormon. The intent of this literature review is to lay out the different scholarship trajectories related to the presence of the Bible in the Book of Mormon.

ID = [81928]  Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Tvedtnes, John A. “The Bible Code.” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1-2 (2002): 329-335.

Review of The Bible Code (1997), by Michael Drosnin

Keywords: Hoax
ID = [411]  Type = review  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Skousen, Royal. “Bible II.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 2 (1994): 1-2.

Review of The Bible II (1991). This book is in actuality the Book of Mormon with some differences.

Keywords: Book of Mormon
ID = [179]  Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Martens, Peter. “The Bible in Early Christianity: Audiences, Projects, and Agendas.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 7 no. 1 (2015).
ID = [7053]  Type = journal article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections = farms-sba  Size: 48620  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Bokovoy, David E. “The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon: Still Losing the Battle.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 3-19.

Review of Joel P. Kramer and Scott R. Johnson. The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Apologetics; Archaeology; Criticism; Scholarship
ID = [525]  Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Hopkin, Shon D. “Biblical Allusions and Themes in the Early Renaissance: Joseph Sarfati’s Use of Biblical Hebrew as an Encoded Language.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 6 no. 1 (2014).
ID = [7043]  Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections = farms-sba  Size: 81721  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Reynolds, Noel B. “Biblical Merismus in Book of Mormon Gospel References.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 26 (2017).

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.

ID = [81893]  Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Unattributed. “Biblical Scholar Presents Lectures at BYU.” Insights 23, no. 4 (2003).

During the week of 5–9 May, the Institute sponsored a visit by British biblical scholar Margaret Barker to Brigham Young University. Each morning, Barker offered a seminar (usually three hours in length) to a group of invited faculty and guests in which she summarized her research and numerous publications. She also delivered a university forum address during her stay, as well as an evening public lecture in the auditorium of the Harold B. Lee Library.

Keywords: BYU; Harold B. Lee Library; literature; tradition
ID = [66713]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-04  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Bibliography of the Writings of Sidney B. Sperry.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4 no. 1 (1995).

Bibliography of Sidney B. Sperry’s writings.

ID = [2910]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Tvedtnes, John A. “Bibliography: Ancient and Medieval Works Cited.” In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Records: “Out of Darkness unto Light”, edited by , 227–250. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, Brigham Young University, 2000.
Keywords: Bibliography
ID = [75616]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Johnson, Hollis R. “The Big Bang: What Does It Mean for Us?” The FARMS Review 16, no. 2 (2004): 277-312.

Review of Paul Copan and William Lane Craig. “Craftsman or Creator? An Examination of the Mormon Doctrine of Creation and a Defense of Creatio ex nihilo.” In The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement

Keywords: Creation; Creation ex nihilo; Science
ID = [488]  Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Pyle, D. Charles. “Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, Questions to Ask Your Mormon Friend: Challenging the Claims of Latter-day Saints in a Constructive Manner.” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 2 (1996): Article 12.

Review of Questions to Ask Your Mormon Friend: Challenging the Claims of Latter-day Saints in a Constructive Manner (1994), by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

ID = [250]  Type = review  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Jacobson, LeIsle. “Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, Questions to Ask Your Moromon Friend: Effective Ways to Challenge a Mormon’s Arguments without Being Offensive.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 1 (1995): Article 13.

Review of Questions to Ask Your Mormon Friend: Effective Ways to Challenge a Mormon's Arguments without Being Offensive (1994), by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson.

ID = [205]  Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Unattributed. “‘Binding of Isaac’ Focus of FARMS Conference, Lecture.” Insights 24, no. 3 (2004).

Genesis 22 records that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac upon an altar but intervened at the last moment, providing instead a ram for the actual sacrifice and greatly blessing Abraham for passing what has come to be viewed as the ultimate test of obedience to God’s will. The account, simple enough in outline, is nevertheless seen by different religious traditions as profoundly symbolic and even enigmatic, its moral and religious implications having spawned numerous interpretations.

Keywords: conference; religion; history; BYU; scriptures
ID = [66748]  Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-03  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Gee, John. “‘Bird Island’ Revisited, or the Book of Mormon through Pyramidal Kabbalistic Glasses.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 1 (1995): 219-228.

Review of Written by the Finger of God: A Testimony of Joseph Smith's Translations (1993), by Joe Sampson.

Keywords: Criticism; Kabbalah; Language - Hebrew
ID = [208]  Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Carr, Stephen L. “Birds Along Lehi’s Trail.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. 2 (2006): 84-93, 125-126.

When Carr traveled to the Middle East, he observed the local birds. In this article, he suggests the possibility that the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi and his family relied on birds for food and for locating water. Carr discusses the various birds that Lehi’s family may have seen on their journey and the Mosaic law pertaining to those birds.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Animal; Arabia; Law of Moses; Ornithology
ID = [3195]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 37746  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:40
Shipps, Jan. “A Bird’s-Eye View of the Mormon Prophet.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): 443-451.

Review of Robert V. Remini. Joseph Smith.

Keywords: Criticism; Joseph; Jr.; Smith
ID = [450]  Type = review  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
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.

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]  Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Talmage, Jeremy. “Black, White, and Red All Over: Skin Color in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 28 (2019).

In June of 1830, the first Latter-day Saint missionary Samuel Smith journeyed through the backcountry of western New York hoping to find parties interested in the recently published Book of Mormon. Advertising the volume as “a history of the origin of the Indians;’ he attempted to sell copies of the book his brother Joseph claimed to have translated from golden plates given to him by an angel. An etiological tale of the ancient inhabitants of the continent, the Book of Mormon described the emergence of two tribes: the righteous Nephites and wicked Lamanites. After the Lamanites’ rebellion against their relatives, the Book of Mormon recounted how God afflicted them for their iniquity. Whereas they were once “white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome;’ they became cursed with “a skin of blackness.” In the ensuing ethnic conflict, the black-skinned Lamanites ultimately triumphed over their “white” kin, overrunning and annihilating the Nephites to become the ancestors of modern-day Native Americans.

ID = [81922]  Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Johnson, Lynn Nations. “Blaine Yorgason and Brenton Yorgason, To Mothers & Fathers from the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 67.

Review of To Mothers & Fathers from the Book of Mormon (1991), by Blaine Yorgason and Brenton Yorgason.

ID = [142]  Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Sherlock, Richard. “Blake Ostler’s Mormon Theology.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 291-305.

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]  Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Crowell, Angela M., and John A. Tvedtnes. “Blessing God after Eating One’s Fill.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 142-146. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: Alma the Younger; Amulek; Blessing; Custom; Prayer
ID = [75673]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 7798  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
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]  Type = journal article  Date = 1981-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports,old-test  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Unattributed. “Blossoming with Books: Syriac Manuscripts from the Egyptian Desert.” Insights 29, no. 3 (2009).

The birthplace and spiritual heart of Christian monasticism is the Nitrian Desert of Egypt and the long, shallow valley of Scetis (Wadi el-Natrun). It was to here, from the fourth century onwards, that Macarius the Great and other of the sainted desert fathers retreated from the world, devoting their lives to worship and prayer. While some monks chose to live in isolation as hermits, many others banded together to establish the first monasteries, building churches for worship and libraries for study.

Keywords: Christian; worship; prayer; books; languages
ID = [66924]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-03  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Goff, Alan. “Boats, Beginnings, and Repetitions.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1, no. 1 (1992): 67-84.

Ancient texts are too often approached using modern assumptions. Among those assumptions obstructing an understanding of ancient texts is the modern emphasis on originality and on writing as intellectual property. Ancient writers relished repetition—stories that were repeated in succeeding generations—over originality. The Bible is full of repeated or allusive stories, and the Book of Mormon often reinscribes this biblical emphasis on repetition. One such biblical reverberation in the Book of Mormon is Nephi’s ocean voyage, which evokes biblical stories of origination: creation, deluge, and exodus. These three stories of beginnings are carefully alluded to in Nephi’s own foundational story, exactly as we would expect to find in an ancient Hebraic text.

Keywords: Boat; Nephi; Repetition; Ship; Transoceanic Voyage; Voyage
ID = [2816]  Type = journal article  Date = 1969-12-31  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Unattributed. “Book Excerpt: Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon.” Insights 27, no. 2 (2007).

At the beginning of Alma 43:14, the original manuscript reads desenters, which Oliver Cowdery miscopied into the printer’s manuscript as desendants; in other words, he ended up replacing dissenters with descendants. This mistake (a visual error) was facilitated by the similar spelling Oliver used for both these words. Notice that earlier in this verse Oliver wrote dissented as desented in P (but which the 1830 typesetter respelled in P as dissented). Moreover, at the end of verse 13, Oliver spelled descendants as desendants in both manuscripts. The proximity of this last instance prompted the error at the beginning of verse 14.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; manuscripts; descendants; dissenters
ID = [66847]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-02  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 1 (2003): Article 22.
ID = [1318]  Type = review  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 2 (2004): Article 22.
ID = [1319]  Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 17, no. 1 (2005): Article 15.
ID = [1320]  Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 17, no. 2 (2005): Article 15.
ID = [1321]  Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 2 (2006): Article 9.
ID = [1323]  Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): Article 23.
ID = [1322]  Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 19, no. 2 (2007): Article 21.
ID = [1325]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 19, no. 1 (2007): Article 22.
ID = [1324]  Type = review  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 1 (2008): Article 17.
ID = [1326]  Type = review  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 21, no. 2 (2009): Article 12.
ID = [1328]  Type = review  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 21, no. 1 (2009): Article 16.
ID = [1327]  Type = review  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 22, no. 2 (2010): Article 10.
ID = [1330]  Type = review  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book Notes.” The FARMS Review 22, no. 1 (2010): Article 13.
ID = [1329]  Type = review  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. “Book Notes.” Mormon Studies Review 23, no. 1 (2011): Article 15.
ID = [668]  Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Unattributed. “The Book of Abraham: An Ongoing Research Focus.” Insights 24, no. 5 (2004).

In 1998 FARMS’s longtime interest in advancing research supportive of the Book of Abraham as an ancient text found new emphasis and direction as a formalized FARMS project, an impetus made possible by a farsighted donor: the Robert Gay family. Soon a working group of scholars was convened to exchange research and ideas on the text. The resulting exchange of information led to FARMS-sponsored public lectures and a scholarly conference in 1999. The next year saw publication of John Gee’s Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri and, fortuitously, an enlarged edition of Hugh Nibley’s Abraham in Egypt (a project years in the making). Following in short order were the first two volumes in the Studies in the Book of Abraham series—Traditions about the Early Life of Abraham (2001) and The Hor Book of Breathings (2002)—and a “World of Abraham” symposium and scholarly conference in 2002.

Keywords: Book of Abraham; ancient text; lectures; publication
ID = [66765]  Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-05  Collections = abraham,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Morris, Larry E. “The Book of Abraham: Ask the Right Questions and Keep On Looking.” The FARMS Review 16, no. 2 (2004): 355-380.

Review of Robert K. Ritner. “The ‘Breathing Permit of Hôr’ Thirtyfour Years Later.” Dialogue 33/4 (2000): 97–119. Review of Robert K. Ritner. “ ‘The Breathing Permit of Hôr’ among the Joseph Smith Papyri.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 62/3 (2003): 161–77.

Keywords: Book of Abraham; Joseph Smith Papyri
ID = [494]  Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Rhodes, Michael D. “The Book of Abraham: Divinely Inspired Scripture.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4, no. 1 (1992): 120-126.

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]  Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = abraham,bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Muhlestein, Kerry. “The Book of Breathings in Its Place.” The FARMS Review 17, no. 2 (2005): Article 14.

Review of Michael D. Rhodes. The Hor Book of Breathings: A Translation and Commentary.

ID = [522]  Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Sloan, David E. “The Book of Lehi and the Plates of Lehi.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 2 (1997).

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
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.
Keywords: Lehi (Prophet); Lost 116 Pages; Plates
ID = [75654]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Ricks, Shirley S. “The Book of Mormon Abridged Anew.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 21-33.

Review of Jana Riess, annotator. The Book of Mormon: Selections Annotated and Explained.

Keywords: Abridgment; Scripture Study
ID = [526]  Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Rees, Robert A. “The Book of Mormon and Automatic Writing.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. 1 (2006): 4-17, 68-70.

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 68920  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:39
Givens, Terryl L. “The Book of Mormon and Dialogic Revelation.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 2 (2001): 16-27, 69-70.

This article has been adapted from the author’s book By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture That Launched a New World Religion. The author discusses three common understandings of the term revelation: (1) revelation as doctrine, (2) revelation as history, and (3) revelation as inner experience. He suggests that the Book of Mormon introduces a fourth type: revelation as dialogue. This form of revelation allows individuals to have direct contact with God, rather than only through the scriptures, and can be applied to our lives just as it was to the lives of those living in Book of Mormon times.

Keywords: Conversion; Dialogue; Doctrine; Experience; History; Revelation
ID = [3068]  Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 55276  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:33
Peterson, Daniel C. The Book of Mormon and DNA Research: Essays from The Farms Review and the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2008.

In the last few years, the topic of how DNA research fits in with the text of the Book of Mormon has become increasingly divisive. Now, for the first time in one volume, respected DNA scientists, geneticists, and Book of Mormon scholars provide their views on DNA and the Book of Mormon.

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Park, Benjamin E. “The Book of Mormon and Early America’s Political and Intellectual Tradition.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 23 (2014): 167-175.

Review of Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America (2011), by David F. Holland, and American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War (2013), by Eran Shalev.

Keywords: Canon; Continuing Revelation; Old Testament; Politics; Revelation; United States History
ID = [3314]  Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 19508  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:47
Frederick, Nicholas J. “The Book of Mormon and Its Redaction of the King James New Testament: A Further Evaluation of the Interaction between the New Testament and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (2018).

The text of the King James Bible plays a significant role in the composition of the Book of Mormon. While there have been studies that have attempted to identify what biblical passages are present in the Book of Mormon, not nearly enough effort has been spent exploring how those passages are used throughout the text. For example, one can readily identify the textual parallels between Alma 5:48 and John 1: 14, due to the sharing of phrases such as “full of grace and truth’’ and “only-begotten son:’ This type of research is useful in and of itself. But simply identifying what passages the texts share in common without exploring how the Book of Mormon integrates the biblical text into its own textual composition leaves a great deal unexplored.

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Tvedtnes, John A. The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: Out of Darkness Unto Light. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.

If it existed in only one ancient copy, says John Tvedtnes, the Book of Mormon may have been unique. But in virtually every other way it resembles many ancient books. In this present volume, Tvedtnes shows perhaps fifty things about ancient records that must have been hilarious in 1830 but make perfect sense today: the ubiquity of intentionally hiding books in all kinds of ingenious containers made of many materials, including stone boxes and ceramic jars; books incised on obdurate surfaces, like metals, bones, and ivory; inked papyri and parchments treated with swaddling cloths soaked in cedar and citrus oils to prevent decay; many sealed and open records; waterproofing sealants like bitumen and white lime mortar; caves serving as repositories of treasures buried in many sacred mountains; the ancient perception of permanence and eternalism associated with the preservative functions of writing; and numerous ancient traditions of angels as writers and guardians of written records. Many twentieth-century discoveries of ancient documents have made all of this visible.

ID = [7006]  Type = book  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 442882  Children: 15  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Sperry, Sidney B. “The Book of Mormon and Textual Criticism.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 1 (1995): 175-184.

The text of the Book of Mormon contributes to the understanding of the Pentateuch and to a confirmation that Moses was indeed its author. The Book of Mormon also helps confirm that Isaiah was the author of the book of Isaiah. The Isaiah chapters quoted in the Book of Mormon are a better translation than the King James Version, as they are undoubtedly from an older version. The Book of Mormon quotes Micah and Malachi with clarification and augments selected New Testament scriptures.

Keywords: Authorship; Isaiah; Malachi (Book); Micah (Book); Moses (Prophet); Pentateuch; Textual Criticism
ID = [2880]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
McNeely, Brent E. “The Book of Mormon and the Heavenly Book Motif.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
Keywords: Dream; Lehi (Prophet); Lehi' s Dream; Prophet; Revelation; Theophany; Vision
ID = [66450]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Perego, Ugo A. “The Book of Mormon and the Origin of Native Americans from a Maternally Inherited DNA Standpoint.” The FARMS Review 22, no. 1 (2010): Article 9.

The church advocates no official position on the origins of Amerindian populations. Critics and sup-porters of the Book of Mormon both attempt to bolster their own arguments with DNA evidence. This study reviews the properties of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), particularly pertaining to the origins of Native American populations. DNA studies are subject to numerous limitations.

ID = [647]  Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Sperry, Sidney B. “The Book of Mormon and the Problem of the Pentateuch.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 1 (1995): 119-128.

Many critics deny that the first five books of the Old Testament were written by Moses and consider them to be childish myths. However, when Nephi and Lehi examined the brass plates, they found them to contain “the five books of Moses.” And in the Book of Mormon, the Savior himself confirms their authorship. The book of Ether also offers confirmation of the Tower of Babel story.

Keywords: Authorship; Brass Plates; Five Books of Moses; Lehi (Prophet); Nephi; Pentateuch; Tower of Babel
ID = [2906]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Sperry, Sidney B. “The Book of Mormon and the Problem of the Sermon on the Mount.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 1 (1995): 153-165.

The Sermon on the Mount in 3 Nephi parallels the accounts in Matthew and Luke, although it is closer to Matthew. The sermon was addressed partly to a general audience and partly to the twelve disciples exclusively, although the crowd heard it. In many cases the account in 3 Nephi clarifies the New Testament accounts; in particular, the Joseph Smith Translation and Book of Mormon explain the Lord’s Prayer.

Keywords: 3 Nephi; Jesus Christ; Joseph Smith Translation; Lord’s Prayer; New Testament; Sermon on the Mount
ID = [2908]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Nibley, Hugh W. “The Book of Mormon and the Ruins: The Main Issues.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, July 13, 1980.

Hugh Nibley addresses issues that cause people to question the historicity of the Book of Mormon. He gives evidence to support the claim that people inhabited the American continent for centuries before the arrival of the Nephites, that the Hill Cumorah was not too far away for Moroni to reach, and that the “fulness of iniquity” described in the Book of Mormon has much evidence in extant art from that time.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Archaeology
ID = [8369]  Type = journal article  Date = 1980-07-13  Collections = bom,farms-reports,nibley  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book of Mormon Answers.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 1 (1992).

Responses to the following questions appear here: “Did the Nephites have authority to sacrifice?” and “Did the Nephites sacrifice first-born animals contrary to the law of Moses?”

ID = [3000]  Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Tvedtnes, John A. “Book of Mormon Answers ‘Fulness of the gospel’ and ‘familiar spirit’” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7 no. 1 (1998).

Responses to the following questions appear here: “Is the ‘fulness of the gospel’ in the Book of Mormon?” and “What is the meaning of ‘familiar spirit’ in Isaiah 29?”

ID = [2983]  Type = journal article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book of Mormon Archaeology,: A Rich Source for LDS Folklore.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8 no. 1 (1992).

Excerpts from a letter written in 1962 reveal how Jakeman’s interpretation of Stela 5 quickly stimulated a body of folklore among some Latter-day Saints.

ID = [2992]  Type = journal article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Swanson, Vern G. “The Book of Mormon Art of Arnold Friberg: Painter of Scripture.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10 no. 1 (2001).

Arnold Friberg is arguably the most influential artist on Latter-day Saint scriptural art. His depictions of the people and the landscape of the Book of Mormon are well known to Latter-day Saints. This article explains the genesis and completion of Friberg’s series of twelve Book of Mormon paintings and gives the author’s own observations on each painting.

ID = [3056]  Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 41940  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:32
Sorenson, John L. “The Book of Mormon as a Collectible.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10 no. 1 (2001).

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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Williams, Richard N. “The Book of Mormon as Automatic Writing: Beware the Virtus Dormitiva.” The FARMS Review 19, no. 1 (2007): Article 6.

Review of Scott C. Dunn. “Automaticity and the Dictation of the Book of Mormon.” In American Apocrypha: Essays on the Book of Mormon.

ID = [553]  Type = review  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Spencer, Joseph M. “The Book of Mormon as Biblical Interpretation: An Approach to LDS Biblical Studies.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 8 no. 1 (2016).

Recent years have witnessed a growing recognition in the academy that the Book of Mormon deserves closer attention than it has received. Not surprisingly, adherents to the various Mormon faiths have long read the book with some care. But larger numbers of believing and nonbelieving academics have come to recognize that, despite its often didactic style and relative literary artlessness, the Book of Mormon exhibits remarkable sophistication. This is perhaps nowhere truer than in those passages where the volume interacts—whether explicitly or implicitly—with biblical texts (always in or in relation to the King James rendering). Close reading of the Book of Mormon makes clear that Mormonism’s founding text models a profoundly inventive biblical hermeneutic that deserves a place in the burgeoning field of reception history. How does Mormon scripture understand and react to particular biblical texts, and what might be learned about the potential meanings of those biblical texts in light of such interactions?

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Biblical studies; religious scholarship
ID = [7061]  Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-sba  Size: 67425  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Sperry, Sidney B. “The Book of Mormon as Literature.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 1 (1995): 41-47.

What constitutes great literature? What is it about the literature of the Book of Mormon that has such a profound effect upon its readers? Although perhaps not beautifully written, the Book of Mormon’s message or theme justifies its classification as great literature and accounts for its profound effect on the lives of millions.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Impact; Literature; Narrative
ID = [2900]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Rust, Richard Dilworth. “The Book of Mormon as Literature.” The FARMS Review 17, no. 2 (2005): 141-143.

Review of James T. Duke. The Literary Masterpiece Called the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Literary Form; Literature; Rhetoric; Structure
ID = [513]  Type = review  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Midgley, Louis C. “The Book of Mormon as Record.” FARMS Review 21, no. 1 (2009): 45-51.

This article discusses the meaning of the term record and explains how it applies to the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Historicity; Record; Recordkeeping; Revelation
ID = [620]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Sperry, Sidney B. “The Book of Mormon as Translation English.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 1 (1995): 209-217.

The Book of Mormon is a translation, containing details of the original language in which it is written. Very few of the writers would have had a working knowledge of Egyptian; the writing would more likely be a Hebraized Egyptian. The Book of Mormon contains many passages from Isaiah, more correctly translated than in the King James Version. Various examples of the Hebrew construct state are evident in Joseph Smith’s translation, together with direct translations of Hebrew idioms.

Keywords: Authenticity; Book of Mormon Authorship; Book of Mormon Translation; Intertextuality; Isaiah; Language; Reformed Egyptian; Translation
ID = [2883]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Brown, S. Kent. “The Book of Mormon at the Bar of DNA Evidence.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12 no. 1 (2003).

Editor’s introduction to a four-part series on the relationship of DNA studies to Book of Mormon origins.

ID = [3107]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 2045  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:35
Unattributed. “The Book of Mormon at the Bar of DNA ‘Evidence’” Insights 23, no. 2 (2003).

On 29 January a capacity crowd gathered in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium to hear BYU biology professor Michael F. Whiting address the topic “Does DNA Evidence Refute the Authenticity of the Book of Mormon? Responding to the Critics.” The size of the audience suggested the great interest people have in the role and limitations of DNA research in unlocking the past, especially the religious past.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Harold B. Lee Library; BYU; DNA; history
ID = [66701]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-02  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Rencher, Alvin C. “Book of Mormon Authorship Chronology.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1986.
ID = [8567]  Type = journal article  Date = 1986-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Reynolds, Noel B., ed. Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1997.

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
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Lamoreax, Adam. “Book of Mormon Bibliography.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2, no. 1 (1990): Article 31.

Bibliography of publications on the Book of Mormon in 1989.

ID = [1304]  Type = journal article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Cooper, Glen M. “Book of Mormon Bibliography (1988).” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 1, no. 1 (1989): 135-144.

Bibliography of Publications on the Book of Mormon in 1988.

Keywords: Bibliography; Reference; Scripture Study
ID = [1303]  Type = journal article  Date = 1989-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:49
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. “A Book of Mormon Bibliography for 2016.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 26 (2017).

The Maxwell Institue is currently making efforts to update the work of Donald Parry, Jeanette Miller, and Sandra Thorne, who prepared the volume A Comprehensive Annotated Book of Mormon Bibliography (1996). This earlier work is now available at the Maxwell Institutes website (see http:/ /publications.mi.byu.edu/book/ a-comprehensive -annotated-book-of-mormon-bibliography/), and updates will also be made available on the Institute’s website. To assist in this effort, the editors of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies have decided to include in each issue of the Journal a bibliography of scholarly work published on the Book of Mormon during the previous year. We have therefore made efforts to discover all work of an academic nature published during 2016 for inclusion in the following bibliography. The work has been undertaken primarily by Matthew Roper and Alex Criddle.

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Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. “A Book of Mormon Bibliography for 2017.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (2018).

The Maxwell Institute continues to make efforts to collect bibliographical information for all writings of a scholarly nature focused on the Book of Mormon in a substantial way. The work for this year’s bibliography has been undertaken by Amanda Buessecker. The editors would again like to encourage readers of the Journal to send information regarding any publications of a scholarly nature focused on the Book of Mormon that have escaped our attention. These can be sent to jbms@byu.edu.

ID = [81919]  Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. “A Book of Mormon Bibliography for 2018.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 28 (2019).

Balli, Tyler. “LDS Hispanic Americans and Lamanite Identity.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 19/3 (2018): 92-115. Belnap, Daniel L. “The Abinadi Narrative, Redemption, and the Struggle for Nephite Identity:’ In Abinadi: He Came Among Them in Disguise, edited by Hopkin, 27-66.

ID = [81935]  Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Hardy, Grant R. “The Book of Mormon Book Club.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 25, no. 1 (2016): 139-153.

Grant Hardy responds to the six essays written about Understanding the Book of Mormon. He pairs up the authors and imagines conversations between them, as in a book club exchange. He acknowledges their comments and expresses interest in ongoing dialogues fostered by the ideas in his book.

Keywords: Apologetics; Formatting; Historicity; Literary Analysis; Literature; Narrative; Scripture Study
ID = [3346]  Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 33629  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:49
Gillum, Gary P. “Book of Mormon Book Reviews (to Spring, 1988).” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1988.
ID = [8352]  Type = journal article  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Barney, Kevin L. “A Book of Mormon Casebook.” FARMS Review 21, no. 1 (2009): 53-62.

Review of John W. Welch. The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Judgment; Korihor; Laws; Legal; Nehor; Sherem; Trial
ID = [621]  Type = review  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Gee, John. “A Book of Mormon Christology at Last.” FARMS Review of Books 10, no. 2 (1998): 7-8.

Review of Christ and the New Covenant: The Messianic Message of the Book of Mormon (1997), by Jeffrey R. Holland

Keywords: Christology; Commentary; Jesus Christ
ID = [301]  Type = review  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Ricks, Shirley S. “Book of Mormon Companion: Dictionary & More.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2, no. 1 (1990): 24-25.

Review of Book of Mormon Companion: Dictionary & More.

Keywords: Dictionary; Reference; Scripture Study
ID = [59]  Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7 no. 1 (1998).
ID = [2977]  Type = journal article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Givens, Terryl L. “The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. 1 (2006): 32-35, 71.

Royal Skousen’s endeavor to recover the original text of the Book of Mormon is more complicated than it seems because it involves more than simply reproducing the original manuscript. Rather, what Skousen means by “original text” is the very language that appeared on the Urim and Thummim. Every subsequent step, such as Joseph’s reading, his scribes’ understanding and transcribing of that utterance, and Oliver Cowdery’s copying of the manuscript for the printer, exposed the text to the possibility of human subjectivity and error. This paper explains the nature and scope of Skousen’s monumental undertaking and presents some of the methods and reasoning he employs to resolve disputed textual variants in search the Book of Mormon’s original text.

Keywords: Cowdery; Critical Text; Early Church History; Joseph; Jr.; Oliver; Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Original Text; Smith; Textual History; Translation
ID = [3179]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 24565  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:39
Unattributed. “Book of Mormon Critical Text Project Completes Text Analysis.” Insights 29, no. 3 (2009).

The Maxwell Institute and Brigham Young University are pleased to announce the publica- tion of part 6 of volume 4 of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon. Part 6 analyzes the text from 3 Nephi 19 through Moroni 10.

Keywords: BYU; Book of Mormon; analysis; history; text
ID = [66920]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-03  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Unattributed. “Book of Mormon Critical Text Project Continues with New Volume.” Insights 27, no. 4 (2007).

The Maxwell Institute and Brigham Young University are pleased to announce the release of part 4 of volume 4 of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon. Part 4 analyzes the text from Alma 21 to Alma 55.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; text; language; literature; religion
ID = [66856]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-04  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book of Mormon Critical Text: A Tool for Scholarly Reference: Volume 1, 1 Nephi - Words of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. 2nd Ed. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1986.
ID = [8338]  Type = journal article  Date = 1986-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:39
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book of Mormon Critical Text: A Tool for Scholarly Reference: Volume 2, Mosiah - Alma.” Preliminary Report. 2nd Ed. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1987.
ID = [8339]  Type = journal article  Date = 1987-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:39
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. “Book of Mormon Critical Text: A Tool for Scholarly Reference: Volume 3, Helaman - Moroni.” Preliminary Report. 2nd Ed. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1987.
ID = [8340]  Type = journal article  Date = 1987-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:39
Draper, Larry W. “Book of Mormon Editions.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 2 (2002).

Larry Draper describes his role in providing Royal Skousen with copies of various early editions of the Book of Mormon for use in the critical text project. Draper also describes the printing process of the Book of Mormon, which process was made clearer because of Skousen’s project. Draper explains the stereotyping method of printing that was used for the 1840 Cincinnati/Nauvoo edition and the 1852 Liverpool edition of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [3102]  Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 17092  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:35
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.

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Smith, Robert F. “Book of Mormon Event Structure: The Ancient Near East.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5 no. 2 (1996).

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
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.

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]  Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-books  Size: 15847  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Davidson, Karen Lynn. “The Book of Mormon in Latter-day Saint Hymnody.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9, no. 1 (2000): 14-27, 76-77.

A church member who has loved the Book of Mormon since childhood and who takes it for granted that the Book of Mormon is central to LDS class instruction, general conference addresses, and missionary discussions is likely to be surprised that we have only six Book of Mormon hymns in our 1985 hymnbook. Early hymn writers turned to the Book of Mormon itself for their texts. Twelve Book of Mormon hymns were introduced into Mormon hymnody by Emma Smith’s first hymnal, but the Book of Mormon as a theme almost disappeared from later hymnals. Only one hymn relating to the Book of Mormon was among the forty-nine new hymns added to the 1985 hymnal. In this article, Book of Mormon hymns are listed, discussed, and categorized. Most of the Book of Mormon hymns that have been written are narrative, rather than devotional. Each new hymnbook must meet the needs of its age. Devotional hymns are likely to be more forthcoming as literary appreciation of the Book of Mormon continues to grow.

Keywords: Hymn; Literary; Literature; Music
ID = [3019]  Type = journal article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 1950  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:29
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).

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.

ID = [3026]  Type = journal article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 14338  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:30
Draper, Thomas W., and Lindsey Kenny. “Book of Mormon Parenting.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 1-2.

Review of Geri Brinley. The Book of Mormon: A Pattern for Parenting.

Keywords: Family; Parenthood; Scripture Study
ID = [524]  Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Sjodahl, Janne M. “The Book of Mormon Plates.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 1 (2001): 22-24, 79.

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 19264  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:32
Thomas, John Christopher. “Book of Mormon Pneumatology.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 24, no. 1 (2015): 217-230.

Despite the fact that the Book of Mormon contains frequent mentions of the Spirit by a variety of names and titles, little attention has been devoted to the pneumatology of the Book of Mormon. This study seeks to identify the broad contours of Book of Mormon pneumatology based on the claims of the book itself. The categories examined include the divinity, nature, and form of the Holy Ghost; the Holy Ghost and prophecy; the Holy Ghost and power; the Holy Ghost’s influence on individuals; the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues; the communication of the Holy Ghost; and the Spirit’s striving with “man”; as well as other dimensions of the book’s pneumatology.

Keywords: Divinity; Holy Ghost; Names; Nature; Pneumatology; Prophecy; Title
ID = [3330]  Type = journal article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 30687  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:48
Unattributed. “Book of Mormon Project Continues with New Volume.” Insights 28, no. 4 (2008).

The Maxwell Institute and Brigham Young University are pleased to announce the release of part 5 of volume 4 of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon. Part 5 analyzes the text from Alma 56 through 3 Nephi 18.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; volume; text; religion
ID = [66899]  Type = journal article  Date = 2008-01-04  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Ashton, Alan C. “Book of Mormon Reference Library (CD-ROM); Book of Mormon Studybase (CD-ROM); LDS Collectors Library 1995 Edition (CD-ROM).” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 2 (1996): Article 17.

Review of Book of Mormon Reference Library (1995), by Deseret Book; Book of Mormon Studybase (1995), by Bookcraft; and LDS Collectors Library 1995 Edition (1995), by Infobases

ID = [244]  Type = review  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Szink, Terrence L. “Book of Mormon Scholar’s Digest.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 2 (2000): 45-50.

Review of Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins (1997), edited by Noel B. Reynolds

Keywords: Authorship; Early Church History; Eight Witnesses; Historicity; Joseph; Jr.; Scholarship; Smith; Three Witnesses; Translation
ID = [358]  Type = journal article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. “Book of Mormon Students Meet: Interesting Convention Held in Provo Saturday and Sunday.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 22 no. 2 (2013).

Excerpts from the Deseret Evening News of 25 May 1903 report on a convention at which Book of Mormon geography was discussed.

ID = [3304]  Type = journal article  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size: 7345  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:47
Roper, Matthew P. “Book of Mormon Swords in Mesoamerican Antiquity.” Insights 28, no. 2 (2008).

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
ID = [66887]  Type = journal article  Date = 2008-01-02  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Reynolds, Noel B. “The Book of Mormon Today.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 1 (2003): 5-14.

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]  Type = review  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Terry, Roger K. “The Book of Mormon Translation Puzzle.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 23 (2014): 176-186.

Review of The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon (2011), by Brant A. Gardner.

Keywords: Early Church History; Translation
ID = [3315]  Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 25015  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:47
Tvedtnes, John A. “Book of Mormon Tribal Affiliation and Military Castes.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 296-326. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica; King-Men; Lamanite; Lamanite Culture; Mulekite; Nephite; Nephite Culture; Order of Nehor; People of Ammon; Warfare
ID = [82140]  Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Introvigne, Massimo. “The Book of Mormon Wars: A Non-Mormon Perspective.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 2 (1996): 1-25.

The Protestant Bible wars were fought between fundamentalists, who initially claimed for the Bible the same "truth" that Enlightenment claimed for science, and liberals, who denied that historical "truth" could be achieved at all. In the present Book of Mormon wars the opposite seems to be true: the liberal camp appears deeply rooted in the Enlightenment paradigm, while the orthodox (but not fundamentalist) position often uses postmodernist arguments, claiming that absolute objectivity is a "noble dream" never achieved nor obtainable in historical studies. The article reviews the present Mormon controversies by comparing them to the discussions on biblical interpretation in the Roman Catholic Church, as summarized in the semiofficial 1993 document "The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church" by the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Keywords: Fundamentalism; Historicity; Postmodernism; Truth
ID = [2932]  Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Anderson, Richard Lloyd. “Book of Mormon Witnesses.” 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.

Richard Anderson gives an overview of the secular and divine functions of witnesses and refers to the anticipation surrounding the revelatory calling of witnesses to view the plates. He describes the circumstances of their calling, details aspects of their lives, comments on their character traits, and answers several typical questions of skeptics. Anderson emphasizes that these witnesses were true to their testimonies.

Keywords: Church History; Book of Mormon Witnesses
ID = [8571]  Type = talk  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Gee, John. “Book of Mormon Word Usage: ‘Seal You His’” Insights 22, no. 1 (2002).

The verb to seal occurs some 34 times in the Book of Mormon. In most of these instances the verb takes (is followed by) a direct object referring to such things as the law, a book, records, words, an account, an epistle, an interpretation, revelation, the truth, and the stone interpreters. Twice, however, the verb to seal takes a person as a direct object that is qualified by a possessive pronoun: Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. (Mosiah 5:15; emphasis added)

Keywords: Book of Mormon; seal; Hebrew; records
ID = [66648]  Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Millet, Robert L. “The Book of Mormon, Historicity, and Faith.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2, no. 2 (1993): 1-13.

The historicity of the Book of Mormon record is crucial. We cannot exercise faith in that which is untrue, nor can “doctrinal fiction” have normative value in our lives. Too often the undergirding assumption of those who cast doubt on the historicity of the Book of Mormon, in whole or in part, is a denial of the supernatural and a refusal to admit of revelation and predictive prophecy. Great literature, even religious literature, cannot engage the human soul and transform the human personality like scripture. Only scripture—writings and events and descriptions from real people at a real point in time, people who were moved upon and directed by divine powers—can serve as a revelatory channel, enabling us to hear and feel the word of God.

Keywords: Doctrine; Faith; Historicity; Literature; Revelation; Scripture
ID = [2839]  Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Faulring, Scott H. “The Book of Mormon: A Blueprint for Organizing the Church.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 60-69, 71.

Concepts from the Book of Mormon contributed to how the church was built up and conducted. Oliver Cowdery was instructed to draw upon the Book of Mormon in formulating his vision of how the restored church should be organized and regulated. His 1829 Articles of the Church of Christ were a precursor to Joseph Smith’s 1830 Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ (now known as Doctrine and Covenants 20). Three key aspects of church organization that originated in the Book of Mormon include baptism and priesthood authority, the ordination of priests and teachers, and the administration of the Lord’s supper.

Keywords: Baptism; Church Organization; Cowdery; Early Church History; Joseph; Jr.; Lord’s Supper; Oliver; Ordination; Priest; Priesthood Authority; Sacrament; Smith; Teacher
ID = [2981]  Type = journal article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,d-c,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
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.

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]  Type = talk  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
LeBaron, E. Dale. “The Book of Mormon: A Pattern in Preparing a People to Meet Christ.” 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 Series.

Dale LeBaron counsels us to draw on the power of the Book of Mormon and the words of Christ’s representatives to discover the Lord’s pattern for preparing for the second coming. This preparation entails knowing the signs of the second coming, knowing the patterns of destruction, believing that despite persecution righteousness will prevail, heeding the counsels of the prophets, and studying the ministry of Christ and the teachings about his return.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Teachings
ID = [8413]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Black, Susan Easton [as Susan Ward Easton]. “The Book Of Mormon: A Witness for Christ.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1984.
ID = [8604]  Type = journal article  Date = 1984-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Arnold, Marilyn. “The Book of Mormon: Passport to Discipleship.” Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Studies, 2011.

The fifth annual Neal A. Maxwell lecture was presented by Marilyn Arnold on March 10, 2011, at Brigham Young University. Arnold (PhD, University of Wisconsin--Madison) is emeritus professor of English at Brigham Young University. She describes how her love of literary scholarship meshed with her developing views of Christian discipleship as she discovered literary richness in the Book of Mormon. The lecture was sponsored by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Disciple; Gospel
ID = [663]  Type = talk  Date = 2011-03-10  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Sperry, Sidney B. “The Book of Mormon’s Message on Brotherhood.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4 no. 1 (1995).

The Book of Mormon exhibits the intimate relationship between God and his people. The brother of Jared’s experience is a fine example. The driving force of the prophets was moral and religious, rather than economic and political. Social injustice was condemned by Nephi, Jacob, Alma, and Captain Moroni. Although little is said about the status of the family, respect for women and family affection are standard. Workers were well treated and friendship was promoted between Nephites and Lamanites. The Book of Mormon displays a high caliber of personal religion and brotherhood.

ID = [2887]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Sturgess, Gary L. “The Book of Mosiah: Thoughts about Its Structure, Purposes, Themes, and Authorship.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 2 (1995): 107-135.

The book of Mosiah is a cultic history of the reign of Mosiah2, structured around three royal ceremonies in 124, 121, and 92–91 BC. On each of these occasions, newly discovered scriptures were read to the people, stressing the dangers of monarchical government and celebrating the deliverance of the people and the revelation of Jesus Christ. This book existed independently hundreds of years before Mormon engraved it onto the gold plates. The most likely occasion for the writing of such a book was in the aftermath of Mosiah’s death when Alma the Younger needed to undermine the Amlicite bid to reestablish the monarchy.

Keywords: Alma the Younger; Amlici; Authorship; Ceremony; Government; History; Monarchy; Mosiah (Book); Purpose; Structure; Theme
ID = [2915]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Bowman, Matthew. “Book Reviews.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 26 (2017).

In his foreward to this book, Richard Bushman praises it for its meticulous attention to the historian’s craft. Michael MacKay and Gerrit Dirkmaat have served as editors on the Documents series of the Joseph Smith Papers Project-spending months documenting, annotating, and organizing the surviving historical material from the early years of Joseph Smith’s religious career-and their experience with those primary sources shines in this volume. They have tracked down scraps of information in archives from New York to Utah, from obscure nineteenth-century publications as far-flung as the Ohio Observer and the Milwaukee Sentinel, and even from much better-known sources like the Joseph Smith revelations, which they have reread with a keen eye for detail and often-missed nuance.

ID = [81897]  Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Thomas, John Christopher, and Joseph M. Spencer. “Book Reviews.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (2018).

The unique role and function of the book of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon has rightly been of interest to a variety of readers, both scholarly and popular. A quick review of a portion of the literature reveals something of its ongoing appeal. For the most part, these studies have focused on explaining the reason for the extensive quotations of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon and/ or offering a rationale for the numerous differences between the text(s) of Isaiah cited in the Book of Mormon and the text(s) of lsaiah found in a variety of other places including the King James Version of the Bible. Often these studies have been related to the larger issue of Joseph Smith’s involvement in the production of the Book of Mormon. Though a number of these studies are fascinating and merit careful reading, what has been missing, in my estimation, is a sustained treatment of the topic from the perspective of a close theological reading of the text. In other words, most of these studies have focused on the production end of the question-What did Joseph Smith or Nephi use and what may be learned by the actions of the author?-while much less attention has been focused on the product end of the question-specifically, What theological role and function do the Isaiah quotes (and their variants) play in the Book of Mormon, and what might be learned by a careful literary and theological examination of them? Thanks to the work under discussion, considerable progress has been made toward filling this lacuna.

ID = [81913]  Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Tvedtnes, John A. “A Book That Does Not Wear Out.” In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: “Out of Darkness Unto Light”, edited by , 145-154. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
Keywords: Ancient Near East; Gold Plates; Islam; Judaism; Large Plates of Nephi; Metal Plates; Papyri; Recordkeeping
ID = [75610]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Tvedtnes, John A. “Books in the Treasury.” In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: “Out of Darkness Unto Light”, edited by , 155-166. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
Keywords: Ancient Egypt; Ancient Near East; Brass Plates; Judaism; Library; Masada; Nag Hammadi Library; Recordkeeping; Temple Worship
ID = [75611]  Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Peterson, Daniel C. “Books to Build Faith.” Insights 32, no. 1 (2012).

I am sometimes contacted by people who are expe- riencing doubts about the claims of Mormonism or whose spouse or father or daughter has lost faith. I always ask what the specific issues might be, and I then try to address those or to locate colleagues or printed resources that might help resolve their concerns.

Keywords: Mormonism; faith; books; Book of Mormon
ID = [66984]  Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-insights,peterson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Unattributed. “Bookstores Participating in the FARMS Member Discount Program.” Insights 22, no. 8 (2002).
ID = [66694]  Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-08  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Norwood, L. Ara. “Bountiful Found.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 1 (1995): 85-90.

Review of In the Footsteps of Lehi: New Evidence for Lehi’s Journey across Arabia to Bountiful (1994), by Warren P. Aston and Michaela Knoth Aston.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Arabia; Archaeology; Bountiful (Old World)
ID = [199]  Type = journal article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Hamblin, William J. “The Bow and Arrow in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, 365-399. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
Keywords: Ancient Near East; Warfare; Weaponry - Arrow; Weaponry - Bow
ID = [82144]  Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Davis, D. Morgan. “Breakthrough Translation of Avicenna’s Physics Published.” Insights 30, no. 1 (2010).

The Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which pub­lishes texts and accompanying English translations of important works of philosophy, theology, science, and mysticism from the classical Islamic period (roughly the 9th through 14th centuries), has announced the publication of a new title in its Islamic Translation Series. Avicenna: The Physics of The Healing, translated by Jon McGinnis, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, brings to 16 the total number of volumes pub­ lished by METI in its various series.

Keywords: Middle East; texts; publication; series
ID = [66941]  Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Goff, Alan. “Brent Lee Metcalf, ‘Apologetic and Critical Assumptions about Book of Mormon Historicity’” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 1 (1995): Article 14.

Review of ?Apologetic and Critical Assumptions about Book of Mormon Historicity? (1993), by Brent Lee Metcalfe.

ID = [206]  Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Bitton, Davis. “Brent Lee Metcalfe, ed., New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): Article 3.

Review of New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology (1993), edited by Brent Lee Metcalfe.

ID = [164]  Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Tvedtnes, John A. “Brent Lee Metcalfe, ed., New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): Article 4.

Review of New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology (1993), edited by Brent Lee Metcalfe.

ID = [165]  Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Hoskisson, Paul Y. “Brenton G. Yorgason, Little Known Evidences of the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2 (1990): Article 29.

Review of Little Known Evidences of the Book of Mormon (1989), by Brenton G. Yorgason.

ID = [85]  Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Tvedtnes, John A. “Brenton G. Yorgason, Little Known Evidences of the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2 (1990): Article 30.

Review of Little Known Evidences of the Book of Mormon (1989), by Brenton G. Yorgason.

ID = [86]  Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Ostler, Blake T. “Bridging the Gulf.” FARMS Review of Books 11, no. 2 (1999): 103-177.

Review of How Wide the Divide: A mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation (1997), by Craig L. Blomberg and Stephen E. Robinson

Keywords: Interfaith Dialogue
ID = [325]  Type = review  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Head, Ronan James. “A Brief Survey of Ancient Near Eastern Beekeeping.” The FARMS Review 20, no. 1 (2008): 57-66.

The Book of Mormon includes a narration of the Jaredites and records that this people brought honeybees with them from the Old World to the New World. A study of the history of beekeeping in the ancient Near East supports the plausibility of the Jaredites’ story.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Apiculture; Beekeeping; Brother of Jared; Deseret; Honeybee
ID = [594]  Type = journal article  Date = 2008-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Marsh, W. Jeffrey. “Brigham Young and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 2 (2001): 6-15, 69.

Brigham Young studied the text of the Book of Mormon for approximately two years before he decided to be baptized. This article discusses how his family life prepared him to receive the teachings of the Book of Mormon and the influence his testimony had on him throughout his life, as second president of the church, and as the first governor of the state of Utah. Despite his conversion to the Book of Mormon, Brigham did not often refer to its teachings in his sermons. This seemingly strange practice was likely a result of the cultural dependence on the Bible at that time and of Brigham’s careful attention to the prophet Joseph Smith Jr.’s teaching style, which did not include a large number of Book of Mormon references. Even though Brigham did not incorporate direct references in his teachings, he was greatly influenced by the principles taught in the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Brigham; Conversion; Early Church History; Missionary Work; Young
ID = [3067]  Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,brigham,farms-jbms  Size: 44788  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:33
Nibley, Hugh W. “Brigham Young as a Theologian.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1967.

With characteristic energy, Hugh Nibley describes the character of Brigham Young and discusses his teachings. The issues explored in this essay include the problem of evil and the power of the devil, temptation and necessary opposition, consequences of sin, and truth obtained by the light of Christ.

Keywords: Mormon Studies
ID = [8361]  Type = journal article  Date = 1967-01-01  Collections = brigham,farms-reports,nibley  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
McKinlay, Daniel B. “The Brightening Light on the Journey of Lehi and Sariah.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. 2 (2006): 78-83, 124-125.

Many Book of Mormon scholars have attempted to determine the course that Lehi and his family took when they fled Jerusalem to travel to the promised land. In his record, Nephi provided place-names and geographical descriptions, but that information is not sufficient to make conclusive claims. This article draws on the experiences and research of others to discuss the possible locations of the Valley of Lemuel, Shazer, the area where Nephi’s bow broke, Nahom, and Bountiful.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; Arabia; Bountiful; Jerusalem; Lehi (Prophet); Nahom; Promised Land; Sariah; Shazer; Valley of Lemuel
ID = [3194]  Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 35939  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:40
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.
ID = [39687]  Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:27:47
Unattributed. “Brown Bag Report.” Insights 22, no. 4 (2002).

Each semester the Institute sponsors a series of brown bag presentations. These lectures give researchers the opportunity to present their latest findings to their peers in related fields and to receive constructive comment. Reports of four recent lectures follow.

Keywords: lectures; genealogy; social anthropology; translations
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Unattributed. “Brown Bag Report.” Insights 23, no. 1 (2003).

On 30 October John L. Clark, emeritus instructor in the Church Educational System, spoke on the topic “Painting Out the Messiah: Theologies of the Dissidents.” Clark began by showing that Lehi, Nephi, and Jacob all taught specifically about the Messiah but that dissidents like Sherem and Nehor opposed their teachings with “theologies” that denied Christ’s redemptive role and godhood, thereby causing many believers to lose faith. Clark then examined the arguments of the dissidents in the Book of Mormon to show what the prophets were teaching and what the objections to those teachings were. He discusses this topic at length in an article in the current issue of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, mailed along with this newsletter.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; journal; theologies; Joseph Smith
ID = [66697]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Unattributed. “Brown Bag Report.” Insights 23, no. 2 (2003).

On 13 November John F. Hall, professor of classical languages and ancient history at Brigham Young University, spoke about his new book, New Testament Witnesses of Christ: Peter, John, James, and Paul. The book draws on early Christian writings to show that the “four pillars” of early Christianity—Peter, John, James (the brother of Jesus), and Paul—consistently testified of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. The book is important, Hall believes, because many professing Christians, even many ministers, do not accept Christ as the literal Son of God even though the scriptures and the writings of the early church fathers are clear on the matter. In his book Hall also deals with issues of scholarly debate, such as whether the Gospel of John was the last biblical book written and whether tradition has judged Peter too harshly as a man of little faith and learning, that are illuminated by the Greek text and by an understanding of Greek culture. Hall’s book is divided into sections that review the backgrounds of the four pillars, apostolic authority, the Jewish world, and the Greek and Roman world.

Keywords: languages; ancient history; BYU; scriptures
ID = [66702]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-02  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Unattributed. “Brown Bag Report.” Insights 23, no. 5 (2003).

With fall semester under way at Brigham Young University, we look forward to keeping you abreast of another round of Institute-sponsored brown bag lectures. These presentations, which are not open to the general public, enable researchers to share their expertise and findings with their peers in related fields and to receive constructive input. Following are reports of three such presentations from earlier this year.

Keywords: BYU; presentations; scholarship; history; scripture
ID = [66719]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-05  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Stirling, Mack C. “Bruce A. Van Orden and Brent L. Top, eds., Doctrines of the Book of Mormon: The 1991 Sperry Symposium.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 5 (1993): Article 43.

Review of Doctrines of the Book of Mormon: The 1991 Sperry Symposium (1992), edited by Bruce A. Van Orden and Brent L. Top

ID = [160]  Type = review  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Szink, Terrence L. “Bruce W. Warren and Thomas Stuart Ferguson, The Messiah in Ancient America.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 1 (1989): Article 18.

Review of The Messiah in Ancient America (1987), by Bruce W. Warren and Thomas Stuart Ferguson.

ID = [57]  Type = review  Date = 1989-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Bradley, Don. “Building the Temple of Nephi: Early Mormon Perceptions of Cumorah and the New Jerusalem.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (2018).

As a new faith’s purported “Gold Bible” began rolling off the presses at the E. B. Grandin print shop, the public was curious to know the nature of that faith. Protestant sects proliferated wildly during the Second Great Awakening, particularly in the fertile soil of upstate New York’s “Burned-over District:’ And restorationists, like the Christian primitivist Disciples of Christ, who aimed to restore the New Testament Church, were a familiar breed among them. Such sects provided the best model for what the public might expect Palmyra’s new faith to become, but actual information was still hard to come by.

ID = [81914]  Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Livingstone, Kevin. “Burden of Proof: A Review of Fingerprints of God, by Arvin S. Gibson.” FARMS Review of Books 13, no. 1 (2001): Article 6.

Review of Fingerprints of God: Evidences from Near-Death Studies, Scientific Research on Creation, and Mormon Theology (1999), by Arvin S. Gibson

ID = [377]  Type = review  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Pulsipher, J. David. “Buried Swords: The Shifting Interpretive Ground of a Beloved Book of Mormon Narrative.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 26 (2017).

In November 2014 Latter-day Saint children around the world participated in a ritual that would probably seem odd to outsiders-they buried some swords. These weren’t actual weapons, of course, only sketches of swords upon which the children were instructed to “write a wrong choice… such as ’fighting with my brother’ or ’telling a lie.’” They then “buried” these swords by “crumpling their papers or throwing them away.” Similarly, in February 2010 a small group of teenagers stood with their own paper swords around a freshly dug hole on their church’s property. “I had my class write down a behavior of theirs, if they had one, which might be considered an act of ’rebellion to God,’” recalled their teacher. “Their challenge was to pick one thing they were serious about stopping. I asked them to pick something they felt they could put aside… forever.”

ID = [81890]  Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:27
Christenson, Allen J. “By Land or by Sea? Revisiting the Bering Straits.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 256-258. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: Ancient America; Bering Strait; Book of Mormon Geography; Migration
ID = [75697]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 4341  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
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.
Keywords: American Revolution; Arabia; Merismus; Metal Plates; Metallurgy; Narrative of Zosimus; Politics; Population Size; Shipbuilding; Temple Worship; United States History; Warfare; Wordprint
ID = [75592]  Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 43152  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
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.

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]  Type = book  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:16
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.

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.

ID = [2323]  Type = book  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = farms-books,nibley,old-test  Size:   Children: 27  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:52
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.

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.

ID = [2351]  Type = book  Date = 1990-01-02  Collections = farms-books,nibley,old-test  Size:   Children: 24  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:52
Maxwell, Neal A. “‘By the Gift and Power of God’” In Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, edited by Parry, Donald W., Daniel C. Peterson, and John W. Welch, 1-15. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
Keywords: Book of Mormon; Miracle; Restoration; Revelation; Smith; Joseph; Jr.; Translation
ID = [75589]  Type = book article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size: 20278  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Millet, Robert L. “By What (Whose) Standards Shall We Judge the Text? A Closer Look at Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): 187-199.

Review of “Book of Mormon Chrstology” (1993), by Melodie Moench Charles

Keywords: Christology; Jesus Christ
ID = [169]  Type = review  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Unattributed. “BYU and Institute Projects Showcased at AAR/SBL Meetings.” Insights 24, no. 3 (2004).

BYU and Institute scholars gave presentations at all five sessions of the Rocky Mountain–Great Plains regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature on 26–27 March 2004. Because several sessions took place on the BYU campus for the first time, and because one-third of the 51 presenters were BYU-affiliated scholars (8 of them closely associated with the Institute), the event was an ideal opportunity for the university to showcase its contributions to religious scholarship.

Keywords: BYU; presentations; literature; projects; meeting
ID = [66747]  Type = journal article  Date = 2004-01-03  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Unattributed. “BYU and Oxford Brookes University Collaborate on Transcription of Syriac Texts.” Insights 27, no. 6 (2007).

Following the success of the BYU Dead Seas Scrolls Electronic Library (2nd ed., Brill, 2006), the Maxwell Institute’s Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART) has initiated a project to produce an electronic library of ancient Syriac literature. Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic, the language of Jesus and his disciples. Syriac was the language spoken by ancient Christians throughout the Middle East, from Syria to India, and a large and important body of early Christian literature is preserved in it. Electronic libraries have been produced for Greek, Latin and other ancient literatures, but this will be the first project to do the same for Syriac.

Keywords: BYU; Oxford; library; texts; Syriac literature
ID = [66877]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-06  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Unattributed. “BYU Anthropologist Addresses Maya Origins Puzzle.” Insights 25, no. 2 (2005).

In 2001 the chance discovery of a 2,000-year-old Maya mural in a chamber buried beneath a pyramid in the Guatemalan jungle stirred the archaeological community. It was a sensational find, one of the most important for Mayanists in half a century. Rendered in brilliant colors with exquisite skill, the remarkably well-preserved mural reveals a highly sophisticated artistic tradition and hieroglyphic script predating the Maya’s golden age by 800 years.

Keywords: Maya mural; BYU; anthropologist; puzzle; origins
ID = [66781]  Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-02  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Unattributed. “BYU Herculaneum Project Honored with Mommsen Prize.” Insights 30, no. 1 (2010).

On January 11, the 2009 Theodor Mommsen Prize, Section Papirologia Ercolanese, was presented to Steven Booras, senior project manager with the Maxwell Institute’s Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts and to Brigham Young University for “the production of multispectral images of the Herculaneum Papyri.”

Keywords: Theodor Mommsen Prize; manager; texts; BYU
ID = [66942]  Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Blumell, Lincoln H. “BYU Hosts Papyrology Summer Institute.” Insights 31, no. 3 (2011).

This past summer Brigham Young University, in collaboration with the American Society of Papyrologists (ASP), hosted the Seventh International Papyrology Summer Institute (June 20– July 29, 2011). The ASP began hosting these institutes in 2003 and plans to continue through 2015. The objective of the seminar is to teach participants how to read and use papyri and to provide them with the kind of practical experience that would enable them to make productive use of papyrus texts in their own research. Fields of study include Classics, ancient history, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient religions, and biblical studies.

Keywords: BYU; seminar; papyri; texts; biblical studies
ID = [66981]  Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-03  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Unattributed. “BYU Journal Explores Hebrew Law in the Book of Mormon.” Insights 23, no. 6 (2003).

In February 2001, a conference titled “Hebrew Law in the Book of Mormon” was held at Brigham Young University under the sponsorship of FARMS (see “BYU Conference on Hebrew Law a Success,” Insights 21/4 [2001], available on the FARMS Web site). Among the papers presented there were studies by seven BYU students on aspects of ancient law that might be reflected in the Book of Mormon. These papers are now available in a special issue, copublished by FARMS, of the student journal Studia Antiqua. They treat such topics as slavery, the Noachide laws (minimum standards of social and moral conduct revealed through Noah and thus binding on all humanity), false prophecy, blasphemy and reviling, the status of women in ancient Jewish law, and legal protections for widows and the fatherless.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; law; BYU; ancient world
ID = [66730]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-06  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Barlow, Philip L. “The BYU New Testament Commentary: \"It Doth Not Yet Appear What It Shall Be\".” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 6 no. 1 (2014).
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Unattributed. “BYU Unveils Exhibition of Two Ancient Roman Bronze Plates.” Insights 27, no. 1 (2007).

Now showing at BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library is an exhibit titled “Two Ancient Roman Plates: Bronze Military Diplomas and Other Sealed Documents.” The set of well-preserved artifacts was given to BYU by donors assembled by John W. Welch,editor in chief of BYU Studies, who has served, along with BYU classics professor John F. Hall, as curator of the exhibit.

Keywords: BYU; library; plates; ancient; Roman
ID = [66834]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Unattributed. “BYU, Institute Continue Presence at Scholarly Conference.” Insights 23, no. 1 (2003).

Several BYU and Institute scholars attended the joint annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature held in Toronto, Ontario, last November. In recent years this scholarly venue has enabled BYU entities specializing in religious scholarship to join ranks in the interest of promoting their recent publications while cultivating professional contacts, staying abreast of developments in the field, and presenting their research findings at conference sessions.

Keywords: BYU; conference; scholarship; fireside
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Hill, Richard L. “C. Douglas Beardall and Jewel N. Beardall, About the Three Nephites.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 5 (1993): Article 28.

Review of About the Three Nephites (1992), by C. Douglas Beardall and Jewel N. Beardall.

ID = [145]  Type = review  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Skousen, Royal. “A Call for Emendations.” Insights 23, no. 5 (2003).

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]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-05  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Unattributed. “Call for Papers.” Insights 23, no. 1 (2003).

As announced in the last issue of Insights, the Institute invites interested persons to submit papers for possible presentation at an upcoming conference on Latter-day Saint views on the sacrifice of Isaac. The conference will be held at BYU on 11 October 2003.

Keywords: conference; typology; papers; historical background
ID = [66699]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Welch, John W. “The Calling of Lehi as a Prophet in the World of Jerusalem.” In Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, eds. John W. Welch, David Rolph Seely, and Jo Ann H. Seely, 421—48. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
ID = [39699]  Type = book article  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,old-test,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:27:47
Tvedtnes, John A. “Can Early Chinese Maritime Expeditions Shed Light on Lehi’s Voyage to the New World?” The FARMS Review 16, no. 1 (2004): 427-428.

Review of Gavin Menzies. 1421, the Year China Discovered America.

Keywords: China; Far East; Ship; Transoceanic Voyage
ID = [466]  Type = review  Date = 2004-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Peterson, Daniel C., and Donald L. Enders. “Can the 1834 Affidavits Attacking the Smith Family Be Trusted?” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 285-288. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
Keywords: Anti-Mormon; Criticism; Early Church History; Smith; Joseph; Jr.
ID = [75705]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,peterson  Size: 5156  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Brown, S. Kent. “A Case for Lehi’s Bondage in Arabia.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6 no. 2 (1997).

The lengthy sojourn of Lehi’s family in the Arabian desert invites the almost inevitable question whether circumstances forced family members to live in the service of tribesmen either for protection or for food. In my view, enough clues exist in the Book of Mormon—they have to be assembled—to bring one to conclude that the family lived for a time in a servile condition, a situation that apparently entailed suffering and conflict.

ID = [2962]  Type = journal article  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:53
Welch, John W. “The Case of an Unobserved Murder.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
Keywords: Law of Witnesses; Laws; Legal; Murder; Nephi (Son of Helaman); Seantum
ID = [66513]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Crawford, Cory Daniel. “Catherine L. McDowell. The Image of God in the Garden of Eden: The Creation of Humankind in Genesis 2:5–3:24 in Light of m?s pî p?t pî and wpt-r Rituals of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 8 no. 1 (2016).

The discovery of Babylonian, Assyrian, and Egyptian ritual prescriptions for creating and enlivening divine statues ranks among the more important in providing depth and context for reading biblical texts, and it is one that has only relatively recently begun to bear fruit. As the most recent and sustained study of these texts and their significance for understanding the Hebrew Bible, Catherine L. McDowell’s The Image of God in the Garden of Eden demonstrates the gains in understanding made possible, with all due caution, by bringing the mīs pî pīt pî (mouth-washing, mouth-opening) ritual instructions from Mesopotamia and the wpt-r (mouth-opening) texts from Egypt into conversation with the Genesis creation stories. The work under consideration is both an excellent distillation and critique of the relatively recent work done on the animation of divine statues in the ancient Near East as well as a compelling analysis of what it means for understanding the Garden of Eden narrative of Genesis 2–3.2 A revision of her 2009 Harvard dissertation directed by Peter Machinist and Irene Winter, McDowell’s work displays the comprehensiveness, attention to detail, and clarity of exposition that make this indispensable for understanding both the rituals involved and the conceptual context informing the Genesis account. Scholars will find reasons to dispute some of the claims and conclusions made in the volume, but McDowell has herewith advanced the conversation in a systematic and reasonable manner.

Keywords: Garden of Eden; Biblical studies; religious scholarship
ID = [7064]  Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections = farms-sba,old-test  Size: 36042  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Novak, Gary F. “Censoring the Book of Mormon?” FARMS Review of Books 11, no. 1 (1999): 6-9.

Review of A Reader's Book of Mormon Digest: Condensed from the Book of Mormon: A New Witness for Christ. A Monthly Reading Program and Study Guide of the Doctrines of the Book of Mormon (1997), by Robert H. Moss

Keywords: Education; Scripture Study; Study Aid
ID = [316]  Type = review  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Sorenson, John L. “Centenary of a Giant.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9 no. 2 (2000).

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.

ID = [3045]  Type = journal article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-jbms,sorenson  Size: 16913  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:31
Unattributed. “Center for Book of Mormon Studies Created.” Insights 27, no. 3 (2007).

Accompanied by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Cecil O. Samuelson recently announced the formation of the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies, a research center that promises to bring national and international distinction to the study of the Book of Mormon. President Samuelson made the announcement at a luncheon attended by Mark and Laura Willes and their family.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; research; scholarship; BYU; scriptures
ID = [66849]  Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-03  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Midgley, Louis C. “The Challenge of Historical Consciousness: Mormon History and the Encounter with Secular Modernity.” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and John M. Lundquist, 502-551. Vol. 2. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.

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 study showing that the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s prophecies are being discussed in an arena in which there is a struggle for control of the past of the Latter-day Saints.

Keywords: Criticism; Faith; Modernity; Revisionism
ID = [2368]  Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-02  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:52
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.
Keywords: Ancient America; Mesoamerica; Metallurgy
ID = [75682]  Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,sorenson  Size: 4822  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:11
Unattributed. “Changes Coming to Periodical Subscriptions.” Insights 29, no. 4 (2009).

With the addition of a new annual periodical at year’s end, Maxwell Institute subscribers will be offered new options effective January 1, 2010. All current subscribers will receive a complimentary copy of the first issue of Studies in the Bible and Antiquity at the end of 2009. This periodical focuses on the Bible and the ancient biblical world. Beginning in January 2010, this periodical, as well as the other Maxwell Institute periodicals, will be available as part of the new basic subscription structure.

Keywords: subscriptions; Bible; ancient biblical world
ID = [66928]  Type = journal article  Date = 2009-01-04  Collections = farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Bitton, Davis. “The Charge of a Man with a Broken Lance (But Look What He Doesn’t Tell Us).” The FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): 257-271.

Review of Grant H. Palmer. An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins.

Keywords: Criticism; Early Church History
ID = [444]  Type = review  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Tvedtnes, John A. “The Charge of ‘Racism’ in the Book of Mormon.” The FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): Article 11.

Some critics of the Book of Mormon reject the ancient text on account of its supposedly racist commentary. In response to these critics, this article incorporates biblical examples and traditions to show how certain words and phrases that could be seen as racist were used to illustrate a larger message

ID = [456]  Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Jacobson, LeIsle. “Charles and Steven Crane, Ashamed of Joseph: Mormon Foundations Crumble.” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 1 (1996): Article 8.

Review of Ashamed of Joseph: Mormon Foundations Crumble (1993), by Charles Crane and Steven Crane.

ID = [227]  Type = review  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Welch, John W., and J. Gregory Welch. Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

This book is a collection of more than 175 visual aids that promote deeper understanding and appreciation of the Book of Mormon. Designed for multiple use as study guides, handouts, and masters for creating projectable images, the charts convey a wealth of information that will enrich personal study and teaching.
Arranged in 15 sections, these charts consist of tables, diagrams, chronologies, flowcharts, bar graphs, pie charts, maps, and other effective schematics that represent Book of Mormon data in new and thought-provoking ways. General topics range from the history, doctrine, structure, and chronology of the Book of Mormon to its literary, cultural, and geographical features. Many charts highlight evidences for the authenticity of the record. Each chart is explained in a manner that will facilitate personal study and guide a teacher in what might be said when displaying the chart for group instruction or discussion.

ID = [6996]  Type = book  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 364966  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Unattributed. “A Chat with the New Editors of the Maxwell Institute Journals.” Insights 28, no. 5 (2008).

Accompanying this issue of Insights is volume 17 (combining numbers one and two) of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies; however, readers will note that the Journal now carries a new name, the Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture. In connection with this change, the Institute asked Andrew H. Hedges, an associate professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU, to become the new editor, replacing Professor S. Kent Brown, who served as editor and associate editor for many years, and who recently retired from the university. The new associate editors are Grant Hardy, professor of history, University of North Carolina at Asheville; Steven C. Harper, assistant professor of Church History and Doctrine, BYU; Jennifer Lane, assistant professor of religion, BYU–Hawaii; and Kerry Muhlestein, assistant professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU.

Keywords: BYU; church history; doctrine; journals
ID = [66901]  Type = journal article  Date = 2008-12-04  Collections = bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Peterson, Daniel C. “Chattanooga Cheapshot, or The Gall of Bitterness.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 5, no. 1 (1993): 1-86.

Review of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Book of Mormon (1992), by John Ankerberg and John Weldon.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon
ID = [144]  Type = review  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-review,peterson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Welch, John W. “Chiasmus Bibliography.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1987.

This bibliography lists most of the books and articles I am aware of dealing with or utilizing chiasmus. These entries come primarily, but not exclusively from the field of biblical studies. This list has been supplemented by the research of Don Parry, and has been prepared through the clerical assistance of DeeAnn Hofer.

ID = [8618]  Type = journal article  Date = 1987-01-01  Collections = farms-reports,welch  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Welch, John W., and Daniel B. McKinlay. Chiasmus Bibliography. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

By John W. Welch and Daniel B. McKinlay, Published on 01/01/99

ID = [6995]  Type = book  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections = farms-books,welch  Size: 106347  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:38
Welch, John W. “Chiasmus in Alma 36.” Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1989.

John Welch displays the overall chiastic structure of Alma 36, suggests a detailed analysis of the text, traces the strands of repetition that weave paired sections tightly together, assesses the chapter’s degree of chiasticity, and compares the words and phrases of Alma 36 with the two other firsthand Book of Mormon accounts of Alma’s conversion. He suggests that there are many spiritual and intellectual implications to this study.

Keywords: Alma the Younger; Chiasmus; Conversion; Parallelism; Testimony
ID = [1527]  Type = journal article  Date = 1989-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-reports,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:50
Welch, John W., ed. Chiasmus in Antiquity: Structures, Analyses, Exegesis. Provo, UT: The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

The study of ancient literature has been enriched in the second half of the 20th century by the growing awareness and understanding of chiasmus in ancient literature. This form of inverted parallelism has been found in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and in many other ancient writings. The essays in Chiasmus in Antiquity, first published in Germany in 1981, examine the use and effect of chiasmus in the Old and New Testaments and the Book of Mormon, as well as in Sumero-Akkadian, Ugaritic, Talmudic, Greek, and Latin literatures. These essays have been reprinted in this first American edition because of their lasting value for the study of this intriguing literary form.

ID = [81715]  Type = book  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 11  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:50:26
Welch, John W. “Chiasmus in Helaman 6:7-13.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
Keywords: Book of Mormon Geography; Chiasm; Chiasmus; Inverted Parallelism; Lehi (Land); Mulek (Land); Parallelism
ID = [66509]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Christenson, Allen J. “Chiasmus in Mesoamerican Texts.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992.
Keywords: Ancient America; Chiasm; Chiasmus; Inverted Parallelism; Mesoamerica; Parallelism
ID = [66510]  Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:29
Welch, John W. “Chiasmus in 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.

Research into literary forms in ancient scriptures led John Welch to the original discovery in 1967 of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon. In this lecture, he discusses chiasmus, a poetic form in which the first stanzas descend to a crucial midpoint and the rest of the passage parallels the first part in a mirror-like fashion. This artistic convention, although found in Greek, Latin, and English writings, was more highly developed in Semitic or Hebrew literary works. It was largely undetected until about the middle of the nineteenth century. Welch explains that for the trained eye the Book of Mormon abounds in chiasms ranging from simple to quite complex.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Literature
ID = [8619]  Type = talk  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports,welch  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Gee, John. “‘Choose the Things That Please Me’: On the Selection of the Isaiah Passages in the Book of Mormon.” In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 67—91. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
ID = [67044]  Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-books,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 14:45:30
Bell, Elouise M. “Chris Heimerdinger, Tennis Shoes among the Nephites: A Novel.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2 (1990): Article 13.

Review of Tennis Shoes among the Nephites: A Novel (1989), by Chris Heimerdinger.

ID = [69]  Type = review  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Crowe, Chris. “Chris Heimerdinger, Tennis Shoes and the Feathered Serpent.” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 1 (1996): Article 17.

Review of Tennis Shoes and the Feathered Serpent (1995), by Chris Heimerdinger

ID = [236]  Type = review  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Hall, Brent. “Chris Meimerdinger, Gadiantons and the Silver Sword: A Novel.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 4 (1992): Article 49.

Review of Gadiantons and the Silver Sword: A Novel (1991), by Chris Heimerdinger.

ID = [124]  Type = review  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-review  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:46
Spencer, Joseph M. “Christ and Krishna: The Visions of Arjuna and the Brother of Jared.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 23 (2014): 56-80.

A series of striking parallels between the vision of Arjuna recorded in the Bhagavad Gita and the vision of the brother of Jared in the Book of Mormon suggests the need for comparative work to be done on these two volumes of world scripture. This paper works through three interrelated points of contact between the two visions. First, it considers the epic context of each vision, context that provides conditions for the possibility of religious revolution. Second, it looks in detail at the respective religious revolutions produced by the two visions: the Hindu shift toward devotion and the Jaredite shift toward faith. Third, it outlines the theological significance of the principal difference such similarities bring into focus—namely, that between the conceptions of incarnation at work in Hinduism and Mormonism. Where the incarnational logic associated with Arjuna’s vision suggests that embodiment is temporary and instrumental for the divine, the corresponding incarnational logic associated with the brother of Jared’s vision suggests that embodiment is permanent and essential for the divine. The striking parallels between the visions of Arjuna and the brother of Jared thus help to highlight crucial but subtle theological differences between the respective religions associated with those visions.

Keywords: Arjuna; Bhagavad Gita; Brother of Jared; Buddhism; Jesus Christ; Theology; World Religion
ID = [3310]  Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 61210  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 1/31/24 10:55:47
Welch, John W. “Christ and Temples in 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 and prepared by the staff of the Portland Institute of Religion.

John Welch proposes that the mission of Christ and the significance of temples intersect in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon teaches the surpassing importance of the temple. There are twenty-seven explicit references to the temple in the Book of Mormon, as well as allusions to the temple found in words and phrases. Temple themes in the Book of Mormon can be better appreciated through an understanding of the law of Moses, including festivals and ritual observances.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Christ; temple
ID = [8620]  Type = talk  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports,welch  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Black, Susan Easton. “Christ in the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994. This transcript of a video lecture was prepared by the staff of the Portland Institute of Religion.

Susan Easton Black discusses insights into the nature and mission of Jesus Christ that can be gained by examining the 101 names the Book of Mormon uses to describe him, such as Lord, Messiah, and Eternal Judge. She describes the book’s focus on the atonement and bears powerful testimony of its effects in her life and in the lives of others.

ID = [8601]  Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections = bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:38:40
Peterson, Daniel C. “Christ-Bearer.” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 1 (1996): 104-111.

Review of Christopher Columbus: A Latter-day Saint Perspective (1992), by Arnold K. Garr.

Keywords: Christopher; Columbus; Prophecy
ID = [230]  Type = review  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review,peterson  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:47
Welch, John W. “Christmas Stories.” The FARMS Review 21, no. 2 (2009): 31-46.

Review of Margaret Barker. Christmas: The Original Story.

Keywords: Christmas
ID = [640]  Type = review  Date = 2009-01-01  Collections = bmc-archive,farms-review,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 2/9/24 13:31:48
Strathearn, Gaye, and Jacob Moody. “Christ’s Interpretation of Isaiah 52’s ‘My Servant’ in 3 Nephi.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 18, no. 1 (2009): 4-15.

Many interpretations exist about who the “suffering servant” in many of Isaiah’s writings might be. Interpretations for this figure include Isaiah himself, the people of Israel, Joseph Smith, and Jesus Christ. Without arguing against these understandings of the servant, this paper claims that Christ, in 3 Nephi 20–23, personifies the servant as the Book of Mormon. Both the servant and the Book of Mormon are portrayed as filling the same “great and marvelous” works in the gathering of Israel, reminding the Jews of their covenants with God, and bringing the Gentiles to Christ.