An Approach to the Book of Mormon


Originally published in 1957, An Approach to the Book of Mormon is Dr. Hugh Nibley’s classic work on the Book of Mormon. A gifted scholar with expertise in ancient languages, literature, and history, Nibley shows numerous details in the Book of Mormon narrative to be in accord with cultural traits of the Middle East.

He examines Lehi as a representative man of his time, the Jews and the caravan trade, Lehi’s Arab and Egyptian connections, politics in Jerusalem, the pioneer tradition, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Apocrypha, Lehi’s dreams, proper names, Old World ritual in the New World, the Jaredite barges and shining stones, and many other fascinating topics.

By establishing the Book of Mormon securely in an ancient setting and historical framework, this pioneering study answers criticisms, illuminates the complexity and historical accuracy of the book, places it alongside the Bible and other great works of antiquity, and points the way for further research.

About the Author

Hugh Nibley

A new "Nibley Library" page is currently under construction that will feature Nibley treasures untold. In the meantime, here's a list of Nibley's contributions to FARMS and the Maxwell Institute over the years.  Hugh Nibley was one of the most gifted scholars in the LDS Church. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and completed his PhD as a University Fellow at UC Berkeley. He taught at Claremont College in California before serving in military intelligence in World War II. From 1946 until his death in 2005, he was associated with and taught at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword to the First Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Preface to the 1964 Edition
  • Introduction to an Unknown Book
  • A Time for Reexamination
  • An Auspicious Beginning
  • Lehi as a Representative Man
  • The Jews and the Caravan Trade
  • Lehi and the Arabs
  • Dealings with Egypt
  • Politics in Jerusalem
  • Escapade in Jerusalem
  • Portrait of Laban
  • The Flight into the Wilderness
  • The Pioneer Tradition and the True Church
  • Churches in the Wilderness
  • Unwelcome Voices from the Dust
  • Qumran and the Waters of Mormon
  • The Apocrypha and the Book of Mormon
  • A Strange Order of Battle
  • Man Versus Nature
  • Man Versus Man
  • Lehi's Dream
  • Lehi the Poet—”A Desert Idyll
  • Proper Names in the Book of Mormon
  • Old World Ritual in the New World
  • Ezekiel 37:15—23 As Evidence for the Book of Mormon
  • Some Test Cases from the Book of Ether
  • Strange Ships and Shining Stones (A Not So Fantastic Story)
  • The Way of the "Intellectuals"
  • The Way of the Wicked
  • The Nature of Book of Mormon Society
  • Strategy for Survival
  • Appendix: The Archaeological Problem
  • Key to Abbreviations
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Hugh Nibley
  • Publication Year: 1988
  • Language: Egyptian,
  • Edition: 3
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875791388
  • Page Count: 560
  • Price: $ 49.99
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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