Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon

The FARMS Updates of the 1990s

This book presents the FARMS Research Updates of the 1990s, plus some similar short notes from the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, in a new collection edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne. Aimed at a general audience, these updates are brief, easy-to-read reports of new research on the Book of Mormon. Each contributor offers intriguing ideas and developments that have emerged from exploring the Book of Mormon from many perspectives. Pressing Forward will interest all people who want to know what’s new in Book of Mormon research.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Four Suggestions on the Origin of the Name Nephi
  • Sariah in the Elephantine Papyri
  • Nephi's Jerusalem and Laban's Sword
  • The Workmanship Thereof Was Exceedingly Fine
  • Better that One Man Perish
  • Metal Plates and the Book of Mormon
  • Lehi's Jerusalem and Writing on Silver Plates
  • More on the Silver Plates from Lehi's Jerusalem
  • A Visionary Man
  • Rod and Sword as the Word of God
  • "The Lamb of God" in Pre-Christian Texts
  • Further Light on Enallage
  • Connections between the Visions of Lehi and Nephi
  • Exodus of Lehi Revisited
  • The Book of Lehi and the Plates of Lehi
  • Firstborn in the Wilderness
  • Sam: A Just and Holy Man
  • The Psalm of Nephi as a Post-Lehi Document
  • When Did Nephi Write the Small Plates?
  • Why Nephi Wrote the Small Plates: Serving Practical Needs
  • Why Nephi Wrote the Small Plates: The Political Dimension
  • Sherem's Accusations against Jacob
  • The Hebrew Origin of Three Book of Mormon Place-Names
  • Sword of Laban as a Symbol of Divine Authority
  • Upon the Tower of Benjamin
  • Benjamin's Tower and Old Testament Pillars
  • Unintentional Sin in Benjamin's Discourse
  • On the Right or Left: Benjamin and the Scapegoat
  • Democratizing Forces in King Benjamin's Speech
  • As a Garment in a Hot Furnace
  • His Stewardship Was Fulfilled
  • Evidence for Tents
  • Revisiting the Land of Jerusalem
  • Blessing God after Eating One's Fill
  • The Laws of Eshnunna and Nephite Economics
  • Notes on Korihor and Language
  • Cursing a Litigant with Speechlessness
  • Alma's Use of State in the Book of Mormon
  • Cities and Lands in the Book of Mormon
  • Eyewitness Descriptions of Mesoamerican Swords
  • New Technology and Ancient Voyages
  • Rollercoaster Economics
  • Challenging Conventional Views of Metal
  • Secret Combinations Revisited
  • The Marketplace
  • Hebraic Conditionals in the Book of Mormon
  • "Thus Saith the Lord": Prophetic Language in Samuel's Speech
  • More on the Hanging of Zemnarihah
  • Word Groups in the Book of Mormon
  • Another Note on the Three Days of Darkness
  • Two Notes on the Lord's Prayer
  • Was There Leprosy among the Nephites?
  • The Decline of the God Quetzalcoatl
  • Semitic Texts Written in Egyptian Characters
  • Two Notes on Egyptian Script
  • Old World People in the New
  • New Light on the Shining Stones of the Jaredites
  • By Land or by Sea? Revisiting the Bering Straits
  • Vikings, Iron, and the Book of Mormon
  • Droughts and Serpents
  • The "Decapitation" of Shiz
  • Fragments of Original Manuscript Discovered
  • Translation of the Book of Mormon
  • Revelation and the Urim and Thummim
  • Was There a Library in Harmony, Pennsylvania?
  • Can the 1834 Affidavits Attacking the Smith Family be Trusted?
  • Roberts Affirms Book of Mormon Antiquity
  • What the Original Book of Mormon Manuscript Is Not
  • The Sobering Lesson of the Grolier Codex
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893428
  • Page Count: 352
  • Price: $ 14.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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