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By the hand of Mormon : the American scripture that launched a new world religion

Author: Terryl Givens
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2002.
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"Givens examines the Book of Mormon's role as a divine testament of the Last Days and as a sacred sign of Joseph Smith's status as a modern-day prophet. He assesses its claim to be a history of the pre-Columbian peopling of the Western Hemispheres, first by a small Old World group in the era of Babel, and later by tribes from Jerusalem in the age of Jeremiah. Givens explores how the Book of Mormon has been defined  Read more...
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Givens, Terryl.
By the hand of Mormon.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2002
(OCoLC)606646803
Online version:
Givens, Terryl.
By the hand of Mormon.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2002
(OCoLC)609951705
Named Person: Smith, Joseph <Mormone, 1805-1844>
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terryl Givens
ISBN: 019513818X 9780195138184
OCLC Number: 47838555
Description: 320 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: "A seer shall the Lord my God raise up": the prophet and the plates --
"Out of the dust": the Book of Mormon comes forth --
"A marvelous work and a wonder": the Book of Mormon as a sacred sign --
"I, Nephi, wrote this record": the Book of Mormon as ancient history, part 1, the search for a Mesoamerican Troy --
"I, Nephi, wrote this record": the Book of Mormon as ancient history, part 2, the search for a rational belief --
"Devices of the devil": the Book of Mormon as cultural product or sacred fiction --
"Plain and precious truths": the Book of Mormon as New Theology, part 1, the encounter with Biblical Christianity --
"Plain and precious truths": The Book of Mormon as new theology, part 2, dialogic revelation --
"A standard unto my people": the Book of Mormon as cultural touchstone.
Responsibility: Terryl L. Givens.
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The author explores the Book of Mormon and how it has been seen as a sacred sign, the imaginative ravings of a rustic religion-maker, or a Fifth Gospel supporting or perverting the Word of God,  Read more...

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This is a closely written, thoughtful (if polemical) book by a devoted scholar. It is certainly provocative reading, whether you happen to be a Mormon or not. New York Times A remarkably lucid and Read more...

 
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