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Book of Mormon

 

The following recommendations are provided as a supplement to the many resources provided by the Church in support of the Come, Follow Me curriculum for 2020 on the Book of Mormon. The Come, Follow Me Additional Resources page summarizes all of the Church resources that can be found on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and in the Gospel Library app.

Our Expert’s Recommendations

See below for full information on each volume mentioned.

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

  • The more than 500 KnoWhy articles at Book of Mormon Central
  • Knowing Why, Book of Mormon Central (2017)
  • Knowing Why: 127 MORE Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is True, Book of Mormon Central (2019)

Royal Skousen

  • The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol. 6: An Approach to the Book of Mormon, Hugh Nibley (1957)

    Comment: Shows the Middle East (Semitic and Egyptian) background to the Book of Mormon
         Originally used as the priesthood manual for the LDS Church, 1957
         Re-issued in 1664 (and reprinted in 1976) with an additional chapter added
         Final, 3rd edition published in 1988, a light revision of the second edition, edited by John W. Welch

  • “Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon”, John W. Welch, BYU Studies 10/1 (1969): 69–84

    Comment: Shows the existence of complex chiastic usage in the text of the Book of MormonThis seminal work has been reprinted numerous times, with revisions and additions, as in Noel B. Reynolds (editor), Book of Mormon Authorship (1982), 33–52
         Also see Welch’s article “What Does Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon Prove?”, in Noel B. Reynolds (editor), Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited (1997), 199–224

  • The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, Royal Skousen, Yale University Press, 2009

    Comment: Now in its 4th printing. Using the principles of textual criticism, restores the original text of the Book of Mormon, to the extent it can be determined (only 28 percent of the original manuscript is extant) the text is set in sense-lines (that is, with line breaks occurring at the end of clauses and phrases), not only to facilitate the reading of the text, but also in an attempt to replicate how Joseph Smith would have dictated the text to his scribes. There is an appendix listing 719 significant textual variants in the history of the Book of Mormon text (3N) in support of the Yale text.

  • The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, Royal Skousen
    • Volume 1: The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (2001)
    • Volume 2: The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (2001), in two parts
    • Volume 3: The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon (6 out of 8 parts are now complete)
    • Volume 4: Analysis of Textual Variants, in 6 parts (first edition, 2004-2009; second edition, 2017)
    • Volume 5: A Complete Electronic Collation of the Book of Mormon (to appear in 2022)
    • Two additional parts to volume 3 will appear in 2020-21:
           Transmission of the Text: From the Manuscript through the Editions, part 7
           Book of Mormon Textual Criticism, part 8

Martin Tanner

  • The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Grant Hardy, Editor

    Comment: Textual notes from Royal Skousen’s Critical Text project. It has excellent footnotes and formats poetic passages into appropriate poetic format.

  • The Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount: A Latter-Day Saint Approach, John W. Welch

    Comment: Excellent discussion of the similarities and differences between the two sermons.

  • An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon, John L. Sorensen

    Comment: The first and still one of the very best sources which analyses information on where events in the Book of Mormon likely took place.

  • Mormon’s Codex, John L Sorensen

    Comment: More information on why the Book of Mormon is an ancient Mesoamerican book.

  • Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Brandt Gardner

    Comment: 6-volume set, available together or individually.

  • Joseph Smith’s means and methods of translating the Book of Mormon: Basic historical information, John W. Welch and Tim Rathbone

    Comment: This short paper is an excellent place to start for anyone looking into how the Book of Mormon was translated.

  • Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820-1844, Jack Welch
  • Warfare in the Book of Mormon, Stephen Ricks and William Hamblin
  • Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, edited by Don Parry and Jack Welch
  • Echos and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, Don Parry, Dan Peterson and Jack Welch
  • Chiasmus in Antiquity, Jack Welch
  • Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon, Jack Welch

Allen Wyatt

  • Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Brant A. Gardner
  • The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon, Brant A. Gardner

Where to Get Them

 

An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon, John L. Sorensen

415 pages, Deseret Book Co (June 1, 1985)
Hardcover — Amazon
Paperback — Deseret Books, Barnes and Noble
eBook — Deseret Books
Kindle — Amazon
ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol. 6: An Approach to the Book of Mormon, Hugh Nibley

541 pages, Deseret Book Co: Subsequent edition (March 1, 1988)
Hardcover — Amazon, Deseret Books, Barnes and Noble
eBook — Deseret Books
Kindle — Amazon
ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, Royal Skousen

848 pages, Yale University Press, First Edition (September 22, 2009)
Hardcover — Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Kindle — Amazon

The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, Royal Skousen

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Grant Hardy, Editor

600 pages, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, BYU Religious Studies Center, Deseret Book Company (December 31, 2018)
Paperback — Amazon, Deseret Books
eBook — Deseret Books
Kindle — Amazon
ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

Chiasmus in Antiquity: Structures, Analyses, Exegesis, Jack Welch

353 pages, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (October 1, 1998)
Paperback — Amazon

“Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon”, John W. Welch

BYU Studies, Journal 10:1 (1969), pp69–84
PDF — BYU Studies

Echos and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, Don Parry, Dan Peterson and Jack Welch

506 pages, Foundation for Ancient Research & Mormon Studies (November 1, 2002)
Paperback — Amazon
Kindle — Amazon

The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon, Brant A. Gardner

379 pages, Greg Kofford Books Inc (August 12, 2011)
Hardcover — Amazon, Deseret Books, Barnes and Noble
Kindle — Amazon

Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, Don Parry and Jack Welch, Editors

548 pages, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (November 1, 1997)
Hardcover — Amazon
Paperback — Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Joseph Smith’s means and methods of translating the Book of Mormon: Basic historical information, John W. Welch and Tim Rathbone

1986
Unknown — Obsolete URL at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute

Knowing Why, Book of Mormon Central

384 pages, Covenant Communications, Inc. (September 1, 2017)
Paperback — Amazon

Knowing Why: 127 MORE Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is True, Book of Mormon Central

541 pages, Deseret Book Co: Subsequent edition (March 1, 1988)
Paperback — Amazon, Deseret Books
Kindle — Amazon
Audio CD — Amazon, Deseret Books
Audiobook (mp3) — Deseret Books

The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon, Jack Welch

524 pages, Brigham Young University (May 15, 2008)
Hardcover — Amazon, Barnes and Noble
eBook — Deseret Books
Kindle — Amazon

Mormon’s Codex, John L Sorensen

826 pages, Deseret Book Company with Neal A. Maxwell Institute (September 3, 2013)
Hardcover — Amazon, Deseret Books, Barnes and Noble
eBook — Deseret Books
Kindle — Amazon
ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820-1844, Jack Welch

516 pages, BYU Studies, 2nd Edition (January 27, 2017)
Paperback — Amazon, Deseret Books, Barnes and Noble
eBook — Deseret Books
Kindle — Amazon
ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Brant A. Gardner

6 Volume Set
Hardcover — Amazon

  • Volume 1: First Nephi

    469 pages, Greg Kofford Books Inc (December 18, 2007)
    Hardcover — Amazon
    Kindle — Amazon
    ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

  • Volume 2: Second Nephi through Jacob

    626 pages, Greg Kofford Books Inc (November 28, 2011)
    Kindle — Amazon
    ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

  • Volume 3: Enos Through Mosiah

    543 pages, Greg Kofford Books Inc (December 18, 2007)
    Hardcover — Amazon
    Kindle — Amazon
    ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

  • Volume 4: Alma

    845 pages, Greg Kofford Books Inc (December 18, 2007)
    Hardcover — Amazon
    Kindle — Amazon
    ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

  • Volume 5: Helaman Through Third Nephi

    1459 pages, Greg Kofford Books Inc (November 29, 2011)
    Kindle — Amazon
    ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

  • Volume 6: Fourth Nephi through Moroni

    698 pages, Greg Kofford Books Inc (December 20, 2007)
    Hardcover — Amazon
    Kindle — Amazon
    ePub (NOOK Book) — Barnes and Noble

The Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount: A Latter-Day Saint Approach, John W. Welch

229 pages, Deseret Book Co; Second Edition (July 1, 1990)
Hardcover — Amazon, Barnes and Noble
eBook — Deseret Books
Kindle — Amazon

Warfare in the Book of Mormon, Stephen Ricks and William Hamblin

534 pages, Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, First Edition (1990)
Hardcover — Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Kindle — Amazon

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