Mormons, Scripture, and the Ancient World

Studies in Honor of John L. Sorenson

This multidisciplinary volume of essays was written by colleagues and former students of John L. Sorenson as a tribute to his lifetime of contributions to our understanding of Book of Mormon and anthropological scholarship.

The contributing authors present their original research findings on such diverse topics as nineteenth-century Mormon funeral sermons, the question of Nephite kingship, the Isaiah commentaries in the Book of Mormon, early Mormon publishing efforts in the Pacific Mission, and evidences of transoceanic diffusion in pre-Columbian times.

About the Author

John L. Sorenson

John L. Sorenson (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Mormon Funeral Sermons in the Nineteenth Century
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgments
  • Baptized, Consecrated, and Sealed: The Covenantal Foundations of Mormon Religious Identity
  • Parley P. Pratt and the Pacific Mission: Mormon Publishing in "That Very Questionable Part of the Civilized World"
  • The Rise and Decline of the LDS Indian Student Placement Program, 1947–1996
  • Mormon Intruders in Tonga: The Passport Act of 1922
  • Nephite Kingship Reconsidered
  • Nephi and His Asherah: A Note on 1 Nephi 11:8–23
  • A Singular Reading: The Maori and the Book of Mormon
  • Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon
  • Resist-Dyeing as a Possible Ancient Transoceanic Transfer
  • Pre-Columbian American Sunflower and Maize Images in Indian Temples: Evidence of Contact between Civilizations in India and America
  • Doubled, Sealed, Witnessed Documents: From the Ancient World to the Book of Mormon
  • Festivals as Context for Exchange in the Great Basin–Columbia Plateau Region of Western North America
  • A Bibliography of the Published and Unpublished Works of John Leon Sorenson
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Publication Information

  • Publication Year: 1998
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893312
  • Page Count: 568
  • Price: $ 23.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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